Proceedings Of The Marine

SUM 2014

Proceedings magazine is a communication tool for the Coast Guard's Marine Safety & Security Council. Each quarterly magazine focuses on a specific theme of interest to the marine industry.

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20 Proceedings Summer 2014 without jeopardizing the safety of the passengers from dangers including fres and emergencies. Some challenges included the requirement to install time-sen- sitive door locks that still allowed crew access to the cabin in case of an emergency such as fire response, and the effect on struc- tural fre protection when add- ing peepholes in cabin doors. The Coast Guard also worked closely with the U.S. Maritime Admin- istration and the FBI to develop training standards and curricula for personnel certification to Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act Requirements ✔ Rail height around the edge of the vessel on open air decks that passengers can access increased from the international standard of 39 inches to 42 inches to prevent passengers from going over- board. This was quite a challenge for many cruise ships, because this adjust- ment needed to be made throughout the entire vessel. ✔ Each passenger stateroom and crew cabin must be equipped with a peep- hole or other means of visual identifca- tion, such as a video camera. ✔ For ships with a keel lay date on or after July 27, 2010, each passenger stateroom and crew cabin must be equipped with security latches and time-sensitive key technology to prevent unauthorized access. ✔ Cruise lines must make location and contact information of U.S. embassies and consul- ates available to all passengers and crew for each country the vessel visits during a voyage. This information must be provided in each passenger stateroom and posted in areas readily accessible to the crew. ✔ All credentialed medical staf must possess a current physician or registered nurse license equivalent to the guidelines established in the American College of Emergency Physicians. Medical personnel must also have at least three years of post-graduate or post-registration clinical practice in general and emergency medicine. ✔ Vessels must maintain equipment to prevent, treat, and collect evidence for sexual assault cases. This includes providing anti-retroviral medication or other medication designed to prevent sexually transmitted diseases after an assault. ✔ Vessels must provide forensic sexual assault examination training to crew security personnel and medical staf. ✔ Vessels must provide sexual assault victims free and immediate information access and a means to contact law enforcement personnel, U.S. embassies, consulates, the National Assault Hotline, or equivalent hotline service on a private telephone or computer terminal. ✔ All cruise ship companies must post a link on their website displaying statistical data of criminal activity on the company's vessels, and each vessel is required keep a record of all crimes and incidents. ✔ Cruise companies must have the capability to detect and capture the images of passen- gers who have fallen overboard. ✔ Vessels must implement acoustical hailing and warning devices, as well as video surveil- lance. ✔ Select crew members must be trained in evidence preservation for criminal activities. Should a vessel be defcient in any of these areas, the Coast Guard will document the discrepancy and ensure the vessel corrects the condition. Fortunately, the cruise lines have been very proactive and very few defciencies have been discovered. In fact, many of these requirements were already in place on most cruise ships well before the regulations went into efect. Ship rails must be 42 inches high. These rails are CVSSA-compliant. Per Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act requirements, for ships with a keel lay date on or after July 27, 2010, all cabin doors must feature a peephole and be equipped with a time-sensitive key latch. All photos courtesy of the Cruise Ship National Center of Expertise. Summer2014_22.indd 20 5/13/14 9:45 AM

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