Major cruise lines to attend Passenger Ship Safety Miami in January 2018

Key topics will vessel and safety system design, crew training and new IMO regulations

Major cruise lines to attend Passenger Ship Safety Miami in January 2018
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By Rebecca Gibson |

Carnival Cruise Line, Disney Cruise Line, MSC Cruises, Royal Caribbean International, Transport Canada and Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue will all attend Passenger Ship Safety Miami from 30-31 January 2018 in Miami, Florida.

Designed to provide a platform for cruise and ferry operators, government agencies and first responders to discuss the best safety at sea practices, the event will be chaired by Buddy Reams, chief maritime officer at NACE International, and former director of Prevention Operations at Seventh Coast Guard District for the US Coast Guard.

Key topics will include how to design vessels and safety systems to increase safety, quality assurance, crew training and the International Maritime Organization’ (IMO) new regulations, which have enforced a review of lifeboat retrieval systems.

Stephen Assheur, chairman of the life-saving appliances (LSA) working group for the IMO, will share the new regulations affecting lifeboat release and retrieval system replacements, maintenance and training. He will also outline future changes facing the LSA industry, including the impact of microclimates on lifeboats and their effect on passengers within arctic and hot climates.

This session will be followed by Jodi Bunn Barrow, secretary general for the Caribbean Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control, who will share findings from a concentrated inspection campaign on LSA. The project, due to conclude this month, will outline regular deficiencies found during inspections, recommendations and future plans for safety in the region.

Cruise and ferry operators, first response and government agencies can attend Passenger Ship Safety Miami for free.

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