11/8/2018: Avoiding tragedy 100 years after Princess Sophia sinking

Many of the safety items that Coast Guard foreign passenger vessel examiners check for are directly related to the lessons learned from the Princess Sophia disaster. For example, the primary cause of the grounding was a loss of awareness of the navigational picture that allowed the vessel to strike a charted and well-known hazard. As part of a cruise ship examination, the exam team checks the functionality of navigational equipment such as electronic charting systems, radars, and depth sounders, as well as the ship crew’s proficiency with using these systems. The team also reviews crewmembers’ licenses and training certificates to ensure that they meet the minimum qualifications to fill these key shipboard positions. In this post, read about how, the past 100 years have allowed for the development of robust regulations to ensure the safety of all passengers booking passage on one of these non-U.S. vessels.


3/19/2018: Consolidated Cruise Ship Security Regulations Final Rule published

The Coast Guard is issuing a final rule to eliminate outdated regulations that imposed unnecessary screening requirements on cruise ships and cruise ship terminals. This final rule replaces these outdated regulations with simpler, consolidated regulations that provide efficient and clear requirements for the screening of baggage, personal items, and persons on a cruise ship. This final rule will enhance the security of cruise ship terminals and allow terminal operators to use effective screening mechanisms with minimal impact to business operations.


12/1/2015: Fall newsletter from the Cruise Ship National Center of Expertise

The CSNCOE published its fall edition of the Cruise Ship Semi-Annual Newsletter.


10/21/2015: Cruise Ship National Center of Expertise Foreign Passenger Vessel Examiner Course

The CSNCOE announces availability of a foreign passenger vessel examiner course for Coast Guard and industry participants to run through scenarios that could be expected during a typical Coast Guard cruise ship examination.


8/17/2015: Promulgation of foreign passenger vessel initial certificate of compliance exam tactics, techniques and procedures

The Coast Guard announced the release of new tactics, techniques and procedures for Coast Guard examiners conducting foreign passenger vessel initial certificate of compliance exams.


4/24/2015: Spring newsletter from the Cruise Ship National Center of Expertise

The CSNCOE published its spring edition of the Cruise Ship Semi-Annual Newsletter.


4/1/2015: Consolidated cruise ship security regulations – Reopening of comment period

The Coast Guard is reopening the comment period for the “Consolidated Cruise Ship Security Regulations,” notice to proposed rulemaking to include the Regulatory Analysis which informs the proposal.


1/21/2015: Consolidated Cruise Ship Security Regulations

The Coast Guard announced a public meeting will take place on Feb. 9, 2015, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida to receive comments on a notice of proposed rulemaking published in the Federal Register on Dec. 10, 2014, under the title “Consolidated Cruise Ship Security Regulations.”


12/10/2014: Consolidated cruise ship security regulations

The Coast Guard proposes to amend its regulations on cruise ship terminal security to provide detailed and flexible requirements for screening of persons and items intended for carriage on a cruise ship.


10/27/2014: Fall newsletter from the Coast Guard Cruise Ship National Center of Expertise

The CSNCOE published its fall edition of the Cruise Ship Semi-Annual Newsletter.


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