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New U.S. Cruise Ship Laws Proposed to Go Global

Cruise ship at port.jpgThe Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act signed into United States law in July 2010 may spread internationally. A proposal was made by the United States to the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the United Nations specialized agency with responsibility for the safety and security of shipping and the prevention of marine pollution by ships. The proposal is based on the principals of the U.S. Act, which seeks to improve the reporting and handling of cruise ship crimes.

Apart from the United States flagged ships or foreign flagged ships operating in an area subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, there are currently no international guidelines that explicitly address these passenger safety and security concerns.

The IMO currently has 169 Member States and three Associate Members, so moving beyond the proposal phase may prove challenging. The U.S.-based organization International Cruise Victims (ICV) sponsored the original Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act and hopes that individual countries will move forward in the meantime, as the United States has done, to mandate this protection for their citizens.

The ICV is requesting that members and supporters ask for support from legislators around the world. “All of our members are victims or families of victims of the cruise industry, and we are committed to working as hard as we can to help with the approval of this important proposal”, said Kendall Carver, Chairman of ICV.

International Cruise Victims organization is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing support to victims of crimes that occur on cruise ships, and to act as an advocate for legislative reform to protect passengers from crimes and increase the rights of victims of crimes that occur on cruise ships.