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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Cruise Disaster May Lead To More Safety Rules, Training

The cruise ship Costa Concordia lies on its side off the tiny Tuscan island of Giglio, Italy. (AP)

International law requires that cruise ship passengers receive safety training with 24 hours of boarding.

But the Costa Concordia had just set sail and hadn’t yet conducted any safety drills when it hit rocks off the Tuscan coast in Italy Friday, in an accident that killed at least 11.

American cruise lines typically conduct safety drills before a ship leaves port but the drills are 10 minutes long and focus on how to locate and put on a life jacket. Cruise industry watchers also point out that some cruise lines are changing their policies on requiring passengers to wear life jackets during safety drills.


  • Rear Admiral Rick Gurnon, president of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy

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