In the wake of the worst cruise disaster in a century, the industry’s largest trade organizations have announced a number of changes in safety protocol.The new policies, released in tandem by the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) and European Cruise Council (ECC), address issues related to personnel access to the bridge, passage planning and life jackets — three areas called into question when 32 people died in January after Costa Concordia hit a rock, capsized and sank off the Italian island of Giglio.Bridge Access. In a statement, CLIA said that “bridge access will now be limited to those with operational functions during any period of restricted maneuvering or when increased vigilance is required.” Spokesman David Peikan described the period for increased vigilance as “any time a vessel is constrained in its ability to freely navigate, such as in a restricted waterway/channel, entering a port, or an area where there is an unusually high volume or compression of vessel traffic.” Concordia’s captain, Franceso Schettino, was allegedly distracted by bridge guests at the time of the accident. He remains under house arrest on charges including manslaughter, causing a shipwreck and abandoning ship.
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