Cruise Ship Dangers and Accidents
To ensure the safety of cruise ship passengers, the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), a global maritime safety treaty, has issued the “Safe Return to Port” regulation on all types of ships; this mandate is to guarantee the safe return of all ship passengers back to port. Besides the safe return to port mandate SOLA also requires that all new cruise ships be equipped with self-sufficient, international standard clinics and other emergency facilities.
As far as passengers are concerned, the said mandates are perfect and much needed: the main concern is, how many of these are being observed, because with the frequency and severity of disasters, injury to (and sometimes death of) passengers, crimes committed on board while on cruise, viral outbreak, unsanitary conditions, and many other negative issues involving cruise ships, the mandates appear to be very far from full adaptation.
Pirates, icebergs, and coral reefs, sea storms, and rogue waves – these are never just the usual causes of cruise ship accidents. Leading to much greater inconvenience and, sometimes, worse disasters are accidents resulting from the negligence of ship crew and personnel in maintaining the ship and their incompetence in reacting well during emergency situations.
Thus, concerning one particular ship, some travelers once asked just how many power failures, fires, or other untoward incidents a cruise ship averagely undergoes during its lifetime. This comment (or query) was made after the particular cruise ship in mind was stranded out at sea for five days due to fire (this actually turned what was supposed to be a grand, exotic and exciting adventure into a nightmarish experience to more than 4,000 passengers), had one towline snapping as it was being tugged to port, crashed into another boat and ended with a 20-foot gash on its side after getting unmoored while undergoing repairs, and had to be evacuated by repair workers after nearby fuel barges exploded.
While a cruise ship vacation can really be a perfectly exciting experience, the dangers passengers will face, in the event of an accident can also be truly fearful, especially considering the fact that once it sails, passengers will have limited space and corners to run to for safety. Thus, in the event of an accident, it is very important that the victim contacts a cruise ship accident lawyer immediately. This is because the preparations, the documents that need to be submitted and the procedures that need to be observed, regarding a legal act against a cruise ship, are so much complicated and can only be done at a specific court in a specific state.