Costa Concordia CLIA Public Update

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MAY 24, 2012

INTERNATIONAL MARITIME ORGANIZATION (IMO) INCORPORATES RECOMMENDATIONS FROM CRUISE INDUSTRY OPERATIONAL SAFETY REVIEW IN MEETING OUTPUTS

WASHINGTON, D.C. —On behalf of the global cruise industry, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) and the European Cruise Council today announced that the cruise industry has adopted three new safety policies which are to be implemented with immediate effect. The announcement was made by Chairman of the European Cruise Council (ECC) and Member of the CLIA Executive Committee, Manfredi Lefebvre.

Speaking at a major European Commission-organized Passenger Ship Safety event in Brussels, he outlined how these policies have been agreed to by the industry and represent the third such announcement arising from the cruise industry’s Operational Safety Review.

These three new policies, which go beyond even the strictest of regulatory requirements, address issues related to passage planning, personnel access to the bridge and lifejackets. Each of these three policies will be reported to the United Nations' International Maritime Organization (IMO) for consideration at their next session in May.

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APRIL 24, 2012

CRUISE INDUSTRY ANNOUNCES THREE NEW SAFETY POLICIES AT EU CONFERENCE

Latest Best Practice Identified Through Cruise Industry Operational Safety Review

WASHINGTON, D.C. —On behalf of the global cruise industry, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) and the European Cruise Council today announced that the cruise industry has adopted three new safety policies which are to be implemented with immediate effect. The announcement was made by Chairman of the European Cruise Council (ECC) and Member of the CLIA Executive Committee, Manfredi Lefebvre.

Speaking at a major European Commission-organized Passenger Ship Safety event in Brussels, he outlined how these policies have been agreed to by the industry and represent the third such announcement arising from the cruise industry’s Operational Safety Review.

These three new policies, which go beyond even the strictest of regulatory requirements, address issues related to passage planning, personnel access to the bridge and lifejackets. Each of these three policies will be reported to the United Nations' International Maritime Organization (IMO) for consideration at their next session in May.

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APRIL 20, 2012

PANEL OF EXPERTS APPOINTED TO EVALUATE RECOMMENDATIONS OF CRUISE INDUSTRY OPERATIONAL SAFETY REVIEW

Panelists bring extensive expertise in transportation and maritime safety

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) today announced it has appointed a panel of maritime and safety experts to provide an impartial assessment of the recommendations developed by the Cruise Industry Operational Safety Review, launched in January 2012. This Panel of Experts will evaluate suggested policy improvements as part of our continuous efforts to review and improve safety measures by developing comprehensive best practices for industry-wide implementation and ultimately, formal submission to the International Maritime Organization, as appropriate.

“Our number one priority is the safety of passengers and crew. The launch of the Cruise Industry Operational Safety Review was consistent with our industry’s longstanding tradition of taking proactive measures to strengthen safety practices and procedures,” said Christine Duffy, president and CEO of CLIA. “The impartial opinions and advice of these distinguished experts will help achieve our goal of continuous improvement and innovation in shipboard operations and safety.”

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APRIL 19, 2012

NEW PROPOSALS TO ADDRESS CRIMES AT SEA

LONDON – The Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) today announced that the United Nations' International Maritime Organization (IMO) agreed to the proposal of the United Kingdom, CLIA, and the Philippines to develop guidelines to address concerns related to alleged serious crimes and persons missing at sea. All 24 delegations that spoke at the IMO meeting on April 18 expressed their appreciation for the proposal and supported it without exception.

Building upon an earlier proposal from CLIA, the United Kingdom led a coalition of government and industry stakeholders in support of the proposal.

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MARCH 20, 2012

CLIA SUPPORTS ENHANCED REPORTING REQUIREMENTS TO ENSURE CONSISTENCY, TRANSPARENCY OF MARINE CASUALTY DATA

Marine Casualty Reporting Improvement is Latest Recommendation from Cruise Industry Operational Safety Review

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Specifically, CLIA is recommending that the International Maritime Organization (IMO) expressly and more clearly require flag states to report all “very serious marine casualties.” Very serious marine casualties are defined by the IMO and include any marine casualty resulting in a passenger or crewmember fatality, the complete loss of a ship, or serious damage to the marine environment. CLIA requested that Member States of the IMO consider clarifying existing requirements via an amendment to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), which provides comprehensive global mandates on safety equipment and procedures.

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FEBRUARY 13, 2012

C-Span's Washington Journal Host Steve Scully discusses cruise industry regulation with Bud Darr, CLIA's Director of Environmental and Health Programs. Original Air Date January 22nd.

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FEBRUARY 10, 2012- CLIA Notice

OPEN LETTER TO THE TRAVEL INDUSTRY FROM CLIA PRESIDENT AND CEO CHRISTINE DUFFY

It has been nearly one month since the tragic Costa Concordia incident, and I wanted to provide you with an update from the cruise industry as we move from the immediate crisis response to focusing on addressing the issues arising from this incident and assuring the public of the safety of cruising. We're thankful for the support we've felt from across the travel industry and want to keep all of you - our industry partners - informed of our efforts.

First and foremost, our deepest condolences go out to the families and loved ones of the victims.  This incident was an extraordinary and rare occurrence, which has made it all the more important to understand and apply every possible lesson that can be learned for the future.

Below are some of our key areas of focus:

  • Operational Safety Review:  As part of the cruise industry’s continuous improvement efforts to review safety measures, CLIA recently announced the launch of a Cruise Industry Operational Safety Review to respond to maritime safety issues that will be learned from the Concordia incident.  The Review will include a comprehensive assessment of the critical human factors and operational aspects of maritime safety.  It will allow for cruise lines to share best practices and procedures for operational safety, consult with independent external experts, and collaborate closely with the International Maritime Organization (IMO), governments and regulatory bodies to efficiently implement necessary changes. All CLIA members along with the Passenger Shipping Association in the UK and the European Cruise Council in Brussels are engaged in this effort.
  • New Muster Policy:  The industry has instituted a new emergency drill policy requiring mandatory musters for embarking passengers prior to departure from port.  This new muster drill policy, voluntarily initiated by the associations’ members, exceeds current legal requirements, which mandate a muster of passengers occur within 24 hours of passenger embarkation.  This is the first best practice to emerge from the industry’s Operational Safety Review, and recommendations will be made on an ongoing basis.
  • Public Communications:  Public interest and concern about the Concordia incident has been understandably high.  People seek better understanding about how and why the accident happened and reassurance that cruising is still safe.  From day one, we have made communication a high priority – making information and technical experts available to the media, public officials, industry partners and the public generally.  We have responded to literally hundreds of inquiries so far, and will continue to do so.

To this end, days after the incident CLIA and its partners at the European Cruise Council and Passenger Shipping Association conducted a Global Cruise Industry Briefing for media in London at the Passenger Ship Safety Conference on January 19th.  You can view the London press conference in which I, along with five of the industry’s top maritime and regulatory experts, responded to questions from the news media here.  Alongside this event, CLIA experts were on-hand in New York to live stream the press briefing and field questions in person from U.S.-based media.  We also have held briefings on Capitol Hill and in Brussels with the European Commission and anticipate participating in further meetings and legislative hearings in the weeks to come.

Amid all of this activity and interest lies one central question:  are cruise ships safe?   The answer is resoundingly yes.  Evidence clearly shows that compared to virtually any other form of mass recreation or travel, cruises are one of the safest activities around.  In the five years before the Concordia incident, over 100 million people took a cruise, with 16 casualties worldwide due to marine accident or collision.  The cruise industry takes safety very seriously, and often goes well beyond the substantial international and national regulatory requirements. 

While we are proud of our record of safety, it does nothing to minimize our deep anguish over the casualties of the Concordia. As a global industry, we are focusing our efforts on preventing such an occurrence from ever happening again.

Our number one priority remains the safety and security of our passengers and crews, and as new developments occur in this pursuit, we pledge to keep you updated and informed.

Sincerely,

Christine Duffy
CEO
Cruise Lines International Association

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  • FEBRUARY 6, 2012- CLIA Email Notice

    Message from Christine Duffy to the CLIA Travel Agency Community

    The last few weeks have not been easy for anyone working in the cruise industry and all of us at CLIA value your determination and contributions. We know how important a role you play in helping your clients understand and appreciate that cruising continues to be one of the safest of all vacation options. Your reassurance to them is invaluable to the industry. CLIA is also hard at work and I wanted to offer a personal thank you and to provide an update on everything that we, in conjunction with our Travel Agent Advisory Board, are doing in this regard.

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    JANUARY 27, 2012- CLIA Today Article

    CRUISE INDUSTRY ANNOUNCES OPERATIONAL SAFETY REVIEW

    In response to the Concordia incident and as part of the industry's continuous efforts to review and improve safety measures, the Cruise Lines International Association, Inc. (CLIA), speaking on behalf of the global cruise lines industry, today announced the launch of a Cruise Industry Operational Safety Review.  The Review will include a comprehensive assessment of the critical human factors and operational aspects of maritime safety.   As best practices are identified, they will be shared among CLIA members and any appropriate recommendations will be shared with the IMO.  Recommendations will be made on an ongoing basis.

    Key components of the Review include:

    1. An internal review by CLIA members of their own operational safety practices and procedures concerning issues of navigation, evacuation, emergency training, and related practices and procedures.      
    2. Consultation with independent external experts.
    3. Identification and sharing of industry best practices and policies, as well as possible recommendations to the IMO for substantive regulatory changes to further improve the industry's operational safety. 
    4. Collaboration with the IMO, governments and regulatory bodies to implement any necessary regulatory changes. 

    While the cruise industry has an outstanding safety record, CLIA is fully committed to understanding the factors that contributed to the Concordia incident and is proactively responding to all maritime safety issues.  The Cruise Industry Operational Safety Review will enable the industry to do so in a meaningful and expedited manner.

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    JANUARY 23, 2012- CLIA Today Lead Article

    The investigation of the Costa Concordia is an ongoing matter as appropriate governmental authorities seek answers to causation. Our heartfelt condolences continue to go out to the loved ones of the deceased and any persons who remain unaccounted for.  The cruise industry will closely examine the findings of the investigation and has committed to implement the lessons learned that would further enhance the industry’s already exemplary safety record.

    While it is still too early to know the impact of this incident on the cruise industry, please be assured that the cruise industry is still operating, and thousands of CLIA member travel agencies and agents are speaking to clients and prospective clients at this moment.  The cruise industry is resilient and will continue to make cruising a popular vacation choice for the North American traveler.

    Christine Duffy, president and CEO of CLIA, moderated a global press conference Thursday, January 19, on behalf of the other cruise associations around the world, representing the voice of the cruise industry.  It may be useful for you to view the press conference where she, and five of the industry’s top maritime and regulatory experts responded to questions from the news media – which includes many of the same news organizations as those covering your businesses.  You can view the press conference in its entirety, see video below.

    All of us need to not lose sight of the fact that accidents such as this one are an extremely rare occurrence in the cruise industry, and cruising continues to be one of the safest means of travel among all types of vacationing.  One point that may prove helpful in illustrating the industry's strong safety record is that between 2005 through 2010 there were 16 marine casualty-related deaths out of the nearly 100 million passengers carried worldwide, which is less than 0.16 fatalities per 1 million (Source:  GP Wild (International) LTD http://www.gpwild.co.uk/).

    Below are links to additional background information you can use as a resource when speaking with your clients as well as a statement in response to the ABC 20/20 story that aired on January 20, 2012 entitled, “Cruise Ship Confidential.” We will continue to send you materials, as developed to assist in discussions with your clients.

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    Cruise Industry Safety Background

    20/20 Statement-JAN 21, 2012


    CLIA and its member cruise lines join with Costa and Carnival Corporation, in extending our most sincere condolences to all those affected by this terrible tragedy.

    Thank you, as always, for your support of CLIA and the cruise industry>

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    JANUARY 19, 2012- London Conference (Chaired by Christine Duffy)

    Full Length Video of Media Briefing (To View Click on Arrow)

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    JANUARY 16, 2012- CLIA Email Notice