The coronavirus pandemic has brought more and more attention to the issue of cruise ship safety, with more and different cruise ships now being inspected and checked by the Coast Guard.
But according to a new report, that’s not all.
In an analysis published on Monday in the journal Safety & Policy, a team of researchers from the University of Western Ontario looked at the safety of cruise ships across the country and compared their results with data from previous years.
The team found that the cruise ship industry has a lot of work to do to ensure its ships are safe, and it is an issue that’s still being discussed by cruise passengers, experts and regulators alike.
The research was conducted in conjunction with the Canadian Association of Occupational Health and Safety (COSH), which is tasked with overseeing safety for cruise ships in the country.COSH spokesperson Erin Caulfield said the study’s conclusions are important because they are based on data from several years ago and it doesn’t take into account the recent coronaviruses.
She said there have been no major incidents since the beginning of this year.
In addition, the study found that cruise ship operators have not followed any existing standards for onboard inspections or inspections conducted by non-cabin crew.COO of the cruise lines Cruise Line Canada, Mark Pecoraro, told CBC News he’s aware of the study and is working with cruise lines to address the issue.
Pecoraros, who was in Ottawa on Monday to attend the Association of Canadian Hotel and Tourism Employees’ conference, said he thinks there’s a lot more that needs to be done in order to ensure that cruise ships are operating safely.
“Our industry has to be vigilant,” he said.
“And the best way to do that is to follow what is going on around the industry.”
He said that there needs to also be more attention paid to the safety measures being put in place by cruise ships and that they need to be implemented in a timely fashion.
“It’s very important that they’re properly implemented,” he added.
“If they’re not properly implemented, it’s going to be a problem.”
A report published last year by the International Cruise Line Association (ICLA) found that over the last year, cruise ships had an average of 8,300 unsafe inspections and 1,200 unsafe inspections for each of the previous 12 months.
In its report, ICLA noted that the increase in unsafe inspections is primarily due to increased use of air bags and other equipment that were not previously tested on cruise ships.
The report also found that many cruise ships that previously were inspected had no changes to their inspections in the wake of the coronaviral pandemic.ICLA says the cruise industry needs to continue to make sure its ships remain safe for its guests.
“As the industry grows, so does the amount of inspections that must be done,” said ICLA president and CEO, Chris D’Ambrosio.
“This is a critical issue for all industry members.”
In a statement released by the cruise line on Monday, ICLAs CEO said that they have made progress in improving safety for their customers over the past year and they are committed to implementing the recommendations of the COSH study.
“We are taking the necessary steps to ensure the safety and security of our passengers and crew, as well as our guests, through the implementation of the recommendations in the study,” the statement said.
The cruise line also noted that cruise passengers who work aboard the ships are often under the most scrutiny, as are those that work on the ship.