Tropical Storm Cindy Affects Cruise Ship Itineraries

Tropical Storm Cindy, currently in the Gulf of Mexico has led Carnival Valor and Carnival Triumph to change their five-night Western Caribbean cruises. The storm they are avoiding is located 305 miles south of the mouth of the Mississippi River. Meanwhile the Southern Caribbean is being affected by Tropical Storm Bret, which formed Monday afternoon.

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NTSB Cruise Ship Safety Forum

Cruise Ships: Examining Safety, Operations and Oversight
The National Transportation Safety Board held a public forum on cruise ship safety and oversight on March 25-26 in Washington.

The forum, Cruise Ships: Examining Safety, Operations and Oversight, reviewed the regulatory framework, ship design and fire protection, operations and corporate oversight of cruise ships. It explored some recent high-profile incidents. The forum’s goal was to encourage dialogue among industry stakeholders, regulators, and the general public to better understand cruise ship safety and oversight. Participants included regulators such as the U.S. Coast Guard, vessel owners and operators, researchers and industry groups.

The Cruise Ship Safety Event can be seen here:

Venice bans cruise ships from Grand Canal

Venice may ban cruise ships from Grand Canal as tourist death prompts calls for ‘floating congestion zone’

  • Debate over large ships heightened by tourist death a fortnight ago
  • Campaigners say they hit the city’s fragile foundations
  • Passengers bring little economic benefit to the city, it was claimed

The eyesore of cruise ships on Venice’s famous skyline could soon become ancient history, as the behemoths are set to be banned from the city’s waterways.

The new proposals by Italy’s Environment Minister follow a crackdown on water traffic, after the death of a German tourist two weeks ago. Joachim Vogel, 50, a professor of criminal law, was crushed against a dock by a reversing vaporetto water bus as he took a tour with his family by gondola near the Rialto Bridge…

Venice may ban cruise ships from Grand Canal as tourist death prompts calls for ‘floating congestion zone’

Costa Concordia tragedy: Cruise ship’s salvage a wreck for Italian island

89.3 KPCC
Last January, the captain of the Italian mega-cruise ship Costa Concordia committed an apparent act of maritime bravado a few yards from the shore of a Tuscan island. Thirty people were killed, and two are still missing. Six months after one of the biggest passenger shipwrecks in recent history, relatives of the dead attended a memorial service near the site of the disaster.

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Maritime Disaster Conference in NYC Hones Coordination

The Epoch Times
By Yi Yang NEW YORK—Two months after the Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia sunk on January 13, the Richmond University Medical Center (RUMC) hosted the “Maritime Disaster in NYC” trauma symposium. Attendees focused on learning techniques and how to coordinate in the event of a similar disaster in the future at the New York Harbor. Hospital staff from the around the city gathered in the medical’s center’s Sipp Conference Center to attend the lectures intended to provide the audience with the most current data and techniques

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