CLIA and the European Cruise Council have adopted 10 policy changes for member lines in the wake of the Costa Concordia accident.
Common elements of musters and emergency instructions: Twelve items that must be included when pre-cruise emergency drills are designed for passengers.
Harmonization of bridge procedures: Making bridge practices consistent across fleets and brands under common ownership.
Lifeboat loading for training purposes: One lifeboat must be filled to capacity with crew members and maneuvered in the water once every six months.
Securing heavy objects: Potentially hazardous heavy objects should be secured permanently, when in use or during heavy weather, as appropriate.
Bridge access: Visitors are barred from the bridge during maneuvers that require heightened vigilance. Exceptions require preapproval from senior management ashore.
Excess life jackets: The number of life jackets on board should exceed SOLAS requirements by not less than the number of people within the ship’s most populated main vertical fire zone.
Muster drills: Group emergency instruction sessions will take place prior to sailing, rather than within 24 hours of departures as allowed under SOLAS.
Passage planning: Bridge officers should be briefed on the voyage plan well in advance and are encouraged to raise concerns without fear of retribution.
Location of life jacket stowage: Most life jackets are to be stored close to muster stations or lifeboat embarkation points on ships contracted after July 1, 2013.
Recording nationality of passengers: Nationality will be added to the list of information kept on each passenger and made readily available for search and rescue services.