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|

VIKAND offers officer infection control training

US-based maritime medical and public health specialist VIKAND Solutions has launched an online infection control officer training course for the cruise and commercial shipping industries. This course equips crews from differing environments with an opportunity to learn more about infectious disease epidemiology and its application [Read more...]

2022-02-12T14:00:45+00:00 February 12th, 2022|Safety|

Inmarsat to address the ferry sector

Marine communications supplier, Inmarsat, has teamed up with Greece’s largest passenger shipping group, Attica and digital consultancy, Thetius, to launch the ‘Inmarsat Ferry Open Innovation Challenge: crew training and entertainment’. Focusing on the needs of ferry crews, the competition invites startups and SMEs to put [Read more...]

2022-02-12T13:44:39+00:00 February 12th, 2022|Safety|

US cruise industry and COVID-19 report released

US Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) Commissioner Louis Sola (pictured) recently issued his final report of a fact finding investigation into COVID-19 related impacts on the cruise industry. Known as Fact Finding 30, this investigation focused on identifying commercial measures passenger cruise lines can adopt to mitigate COVID-19 [Read more...]

2022-01-27T17:44:25+00:00 January 27th, 2022|Safety|

Carnival to use VeriFLY

Carnival Cruise Line (CCL) has claimed that it will become the largest cruise ship operator to use the VeriFLY solution for its US homeport operations. A pilot programme started recently for guests boarding ‘Mardi Gras’ at Port Canaveral. CCL also said that it was finalising [Read more...]

2022-01-27T17:39:08+00:00 January 27th, 2022|Safety|

‘AIDAcosma’ fitted with Halton’s HVAC systems

Marine HVAC supplier, Halton Marine, has fitted galley hoods, canopies and dampers on AIDA Cruises second LNG fuelled ship, ‘AIDAcosma’. The company supplied Halton galley hoods, canopies, fire dampers and airflow management dampers on board the ship. Halton’s energy-efficient galley ventilation equipment is designed to [Read more...]

2022-01-27T17:32:58+00:00 January 27th, 2022|Safety|