Friday, January 14, 2011

Cruise Vessel Security Act of 2010 (H.R. 3360)

Have you heard about this new law? I hadn't until I read about it in my January issue of International Travel News.

This law takes effect January 2012 and applies to cruise vessels carrying 250 or more passengers, with overnight accommodations and arriving at or leaving a U.S. port.

Some of the requirements:
Guardrails at least 42 inches high on open decks. Peepholes to be installed in passenger and crew cabin doors. There are also requirements for deck video security cameras.

The ship's medical facility must maintain equipment, medications and have qualified personnel for dealing with sexual assaults.

A logbook must be maintained for recording all reports of crimes including theft plus reports of missing persons and deaths.

The ship must provide in each stateroom a printed guide to security, including how to report a crime and information on U.S. embassy or consulate locations in each of the ship's ports of call.

For more detailed information, click here.

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