ABS addresses ro-ro vehicle fires

In the wake of recent incidents of ro-ros and ropaxes carrying vehicles catching fire, ABS has updated its rules addressing electric vehicles on board ship. The culmination of more than a year’s work with industry expertise, including ro-ro operators, ABS has introduced new requirements within [Read more...]

2022-03-25T14:45:10+00:00 March 25th, 2022|Safety|

CDC relaxes rules- CLIA comments

On 18th March, the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) relaxed a few protocols on its requirements for cruise ships sailing in US water. All the cruise lines operating in the US are operating under the CDC's Covid-19 Programme for Cruise Ships, which [Read more...]

2022-03-25T14:39:43+00:00 March 25th, 2022|Safety|

UK lifts travel restrictions

In what should be a boost to UK cruising, all pandemic-induced travel restrictions ended on 18th March. According to the update, no one entering the UK now needs to take tests or complete passenger locator forms – previously required because of the coronavirus pandemic. As [Read more...]

2022-03-25T14:35:39+00:00 March 25th, 2022|Safety|

Australia to open its doors to cruise ships

Upon taking medical advice, the Australian Government will not renew its ban on international cruise ships arriving and departing from Australian ports, when the current rule expires on 17th April. In March, 2020, following the global spread of COVID-19, the Australian Government took the step [Read more...]

2022-03-25T14:26:09+00:00 March 25th, 2022|Safety|

Committee looks at Norwegian safety concerns

The Norwegian Cruise Committee, led by former policewoman and Svalbad Governor, Kjerstin Askholt (pictured), has submitted a report to Norwegian Minister of Justice and Public Security, Emilie Enger Mehl. In 2020, the committee was commissioned to assess the safety and emergency preparedness challenges, including search [Read more...]

2022-03-13T11:20:08+00:00 March 13th, 2022|Safety|

MAIB warns Hurtigruten and DFDS following near miss

The UK’s Maritime Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) has completed a preliminary assessment of an incident involving Hurtigruten’s expedition cruise ship ‘Maud’ and DFDS’ freight ro-ro ‘Gardenia Seaways’. At about 02.30 on 4th November, 2021, the ‘Maud’ (pictured) and ‘Gardenia Seaways’ passed each other at a [Read more...]

2022-03-13T11:02:12+00:00 March 13th, 2022|Safety|

Ropax fire concerns IMO

Last week, IMO Secretary General Kitack Lim (pictured) expressed concern about the fire on board the ropax ‘Euroferry Olympia’. He said; ”I express my deep concern regarding the incident involving the fire on board the ro-ro ‘Euroferry Olympia’ on 18th February, near the island of [Read more...]

2022-02-26T00:28:42+00:00 February 26th, 2022|Safety|

Cruise ships flock to CDC’s new programme

Every cruise ship operating from a US port has opted to join the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recently announced voluntary management and reporting of COVID-19 programme. Cruise lines had until the end of 18th February to inform the CDC of their [Read more...]

2022-02-26T00:21:40+00:00 February 26th, 2022|Safety|

CDC lowers COVID-19 warning level

The US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) has lowered its warning level for travelling on a cruise ship. It has dropped the warning from Level 4 to Level 3, ie from ‘Very High’ to ‘High’. This means that people not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 [Read more...]

2022-02-16T14:15:59+00:00 February 16th, 2022|Safety|

Stricter CDC recommendations rile CLIA

The US Centres for Disease Control and Prevent (CDC) new COVID-19 programme for foreign flagged cruise ships operating in US waters has been lambasted by the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA). CDC’s latest announcement made on 9th February is only a recommendation, but all cruise lines [Read more...]

2022-02-12T14:11:43+00:00 February 12th, 2022|Safety|