What to know about cruise ship deaths and deaths at sea

A cruise ship in Australia has collided with a passenger ferry in Melbourne.

The collision happened on the Victoria Harbour Freight ship, which was carrying passengers from Hong Kong to Melbourne, at around 3.45pm (local time) on Thursday.

The vessel was travelling between Hobart and Sydney when it collided with the ferry.

The ferry was travelling to Hobart when it was hit, with all nine people on board, including the captain and six crew, the company said.

The passengers onboard the ferry were able to get off the ship, but were taken to hospital.

The ship was travelling from Sydney to Hobarty.

The passengers were taken by ferry to the Royal Hobart Hospital.

The injured have been treated at the Royal Melbourne Hospital.

The company said it is working with police to establish the circumstances surrounding the incident.

Cruise ship collisions have increased in recent years.

In 2016, a passenger ship collided with another in Hobart.

There have been several fatal accidents and at least seven deaths on board.

In the past three years, the number of cruise ship passenger fatalities has more than doubled, with the number last year hitting more than 200.

Cruiseships are required to report any collisions to authorities.

The Royal Hoborra Hospital has already issued guidelines to cruise ship passengers, saying they should stay in the ship’s cabin and stay close to other passengers, even if they are not wearing life jackets.