The Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) have announced that in response to the Costa Concordia incident and as part of the industry’s continuous efforts to review and improve safety measures, they have launched a Cruise Industry Operational Safety Review.
The confirmed death toll from the Concordia disaster is now 17, after divers recovered a woman’s body from the wrecked Italian cruise ship on Saturday. The recovery of the body now leaves 15 people unaccounted for from the 4,200 passengers the ship was carrying when hit rocks while passing close to the island of Giglio.
The safety review, announced today, 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, so that all cruise lines will benefit from findings. Several enormous new ships – including Disney Fantasy, Carnival Breeze and MSC Divina – are scheduled to enter service this year, adding some 10,000 berths to the industry’s overall carrying capacity.
While the cruise industry has an outstanding safety record, the CLIA is committed to understanding the factors that contributed to the Concordia incident and the review will enable the industry to react to safety issues in a meaningful and expedited manner.