Cruise ships calling to Irish ports face tighter inspections

CRUISE VESSELS calling to Irish ports will be subject to “tighter” inspections as a result of the Costa Concordia sinking off Italy last January, according to the State’s Marine Survey Office. Checks on safety and crew handling of “abandon ship” drills and fire-fighting will be stepped up, the office, under the Department of Transport. Marine surveyors will also conduct “detailed, additional” checks on whether or not crews are trained and familiar with their vessels.

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