Chapter X General View on Safety on board Cruise Ships

When it comes to the cruise industry on of the most important aspects while at sea is SAFETY !

Accidents still occur because they are…accidents , however , the industry is doing everything and going the distance in order to insure the safety of their passengers / guests and crew .

titanic-sinkingHMS Titanic …sinking…

Ever since the Titanic , the cruise industry is continuously developing safety systems , rules and regulations in order to ensure the well being of their passengers / guest and crew / employees .

Addressing this Chapter to the crew , I have to strongly advise they should always be aware and ready in case of emergency

article-2091752-1174A89B000005DC-407_964x464Costa Concordia in January 2013

I’ll have a set of rules explained on this chapter later on . Since is a serious matter , this needs to be carefully set up.

The International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS)

Chapter I – General Provisions
Surveying the various types of ships and certifying that they meet the requirements of the convention.
Chapter II-1 – Construction – Subdivision and Stability, Machinery and Electrical Installations
The subdivision of passenger ships into watertight compartments so that after damage to its hull, a vessel will remain afloat and stable.
Chapter II-2 – Fire protection, Fire Detection and Fire Extinction
Fire safety provisions for all ships with detailed measures for passenger ships, cargo ships and tankers.
Chapter III – Life-Saving Appliances and Arrangements
Life-saving appliances and arrangements, including requirements for life boats, rescue boats and life jackets according to type of ship.
Chapter IV – Radiocommunications
The Global Maritime Distress Safety System (GMDSS) requires passenger and cargo ships on international voyages to carry radio equipment, including satellite Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRBs) and Search and Rescue Transponders (SARTs).
Chapter V – Safety of Navigation
This chapter requires governments to ensure that all vessels are sufficiently and efficiently manned from a safety point of view. It places requirements on all vessels regarding voyage and passage planning, expecting a careful assessment of any proposed voyages by all who put to sea. Every mariner must take account of all potential dangers to navigation, weather forecasts, tidal predictions, the competence of the crew, and all other relevant factors. It also adds an obligation for all vessels’ masters to offer assistance to those in distress and controls the use of lifesaving signals with specific requirements regarding danger and distress messages. It is different to the other chapters, which apply to certain classes of commercial shipping, in that these requirements apply to all vessels and their crews, including yachts and private craft, on all voyages and trips including local ones.
Chapter VI – Carriage of Cargoes
Requirements for the stowage and securing of all types of cargo and cargo containers except liquids and gases in bulk.
Chapter VII – Carriage of Dangerous Goods
Requires the carriage of all kinds of dangerous goods to be in compliance with the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code (IMDG Code).
Chapter VIII – Nuclear Ships
Nuclear powered ships are required, particularly concerning radiation hazards, to conform to the Code of Safety for Nuclear Merchant Ships.
Chapter IX – Management for the Safe Operation of Ships
Requires every shipowner and any person or company that has assumed responsibility for a ship to comply with the International Safety Management Code (ISM).
Chapter X – Safety Measures for High-Speed Craft
Makes mandatory the International Code of Safety for High-Speed Craft (HSC Code).
Chapter XI-1 – Special Measures to Enhance Maritime Safety
Requirements relating to organisations responsible for carrying out surveys and inspections, enhanced surveys, the ship identification number scheme, and operational requirements.
Chapter XI-2 – Special Measures to Enhance Maritime Security
Includes the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS Code). Confirms that the role of the Master in maintaining the security of the ship is not, and cannot be, constrained by the Company, the charterer or any other person. Port facilities must carry out security assessments and develop, implement and review port facility security plans. Controls the delay, detention, restriction, or expulsion of a ship from a port. Requires that ships must have a ship security alert system, as well as detailing other measures and requirements.
Chapter XII – Additional Safety Measures for Bulk Carriers
Specific structural requirements for bulk carriers over 150 metres in length.

 Fire on board RCCL vessel

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