|Subject||Coast Guard Endorses Fire Safety Recommendations
|Writer||Lee Min Jung
COAST GUARD ENDORSES FIRE SAFETY RECOMMENDATIONS FOLLOWING STAR PRINCESS FIRE (27 April 2006)
<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 />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 />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 />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 />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.