WASHINGTON, Dec. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On behalf of the global cruise industry, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) today announced its support of the Paris Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control's (MOU) Harmonised Verification Programme (HAVEP), through which its 27 member States will provide focused attention on passenger ship safety throughout the 2013 calendar year. During the HAVEP, Port State Control Officers will inspect passenger ships and witness a number of emergency drills and scenarios on operational controls that govern the safe operation of passenger vessels. The Paris MOU is a system of harmonized inspection procedures implemented by 27 participating maritime Administrations and covers inspection activities in the waters of the European coastal States and the North Atlantic basin from North America to Europe.
"The global cruise industry welcomes the Paris MOU's focus on passenger ship safety in 2013 through HAVEP, as the safety of passengers and crewmembers is the cruise industry's number one priority," said Bud Darr, vice president, technical and regulatory affairs, CLIA. "Through HAVEP, crewmembers will have additional opportunities to showcase their preparation for emergency situations in addition to demonstrating the extensive knowledge and training through the conduct of comprehensive drills which are already required by both international and national laws and industry procedures and policies."
"Every aspect of the cruise industry is heavily regulated and cruise shipping has a long track record as one of the safest forms of vacation travel," said Rob Ashdown, Director, Technical, Environment & Operations, CLIA Europe. "The industry is subject to a rigorous inspection regime and regularly monitored under international and EU law. As an industry that is both confident and transparent in our safety procedures we very much welcome this new programme of inspections and look forward to maintaining our co-operation with the Member States of the Paris MOU to help ensure that cruise ships continue to meet the highest safety standards."
The global cruise industry is committed to continually reviewing operational safety protocols and procedures to further improve safety, as evidenced by the ongoing Global Cruise Industry Operational Safety Review, a comprehensive assessment of the critical human factors and operational aspects of maritime safety. Every aspect of the cruise experience is heavily regulated and monitored under both U.S. and international maritime law. Due to the industry's commitment to safety, backed up by strict regulations, vigorous enforcement mechanisms and initiatives such as HAVEP, cruising is the safest form of leisure transportation.
Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) is the world's largest cruise industry trade association with representation in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australasia. CLIA represents the interests of cruise lines, travel agents, port authorities and destinations, and various industry business partners before regulatory and legislative policy makers. CLIA is also engaged in travel agent training, research and marketing communications to promote the value and desirability of cruise holiday vacations with thousands of travel agency and travel agent members. CLIA's Executive Partner program includes the industry's leading providers of supplies and services that help cruise lines provide a safe, environmentally-friendly and enjoyable holiday vacation experience for millions of passengers every year. For more information on CLIA, the cruise industry, and CLIA-member cruise lines and travel agencies, visit www.cruising.org.
SOURCE Cruise Lines International Association