MAIFA

BoardMarine Accident Investigators Forum in Asia

SubjectCoast Guard Endorses Fire Safety Recommendations Hit1597
WriterLee Min Jung Date2006.05.16

COAST GUARD ENDORSES FIRE SAFETY RECOMMENDATIONS FOLLOWING STAR PRINCESS FIRE (27 April 2006) <br /> <br /> The U. S. Coast Guard has issued a safety x-alert endorsing recommendations to improve fire protection standards<br>external areas of cruise ships. <br /> <br />The United Kingdom's Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB), the lead investigating agency of the fire aboard<br> the cruise ship Star Princess in March 2006, issued a series of recommendations to ensure that external areas<br> of cruise ships meet fire protection standards similar to those in place for internal areas. The Interntional Council<br> of Cruise Lines (ICCL), an industry association representing the cruise industry, also made strong recommendations<br> to its members. These recommendations will improve the already extremely high level of fire protection safety<br> afforded to cruise ship passengers and crew. <br /> <br />The Coast Guard safety x-alert and MAIB and ICCL safety recommendations can be read online at <br>http://www.uscg.mil/hq/g-m/moa/docs/2-06.pdf.<br> <br /> <br />The recommendations include both immediate changes to improve safety procedures aboard cruise ships and changes<br> to international treaties that govern fire safety standards at sea. <br /> <br />The U. S. Coast Guard and the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board are participating in the investigation of the<br> Star Princess fire. The Coast Guard regularly inspects all foreign flag vessels that call in United States ports to ensure <br>they meet international standards for safety, including lifesaving and fire safety equipment.

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