Cruise Ship Accidents, Cruise Ship Law

2012 Quality Ship Management Award


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Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A. is comprised of attorneys that are nationally-recognized industry leaders in the field of maritime and admiralty law. Our team of lawyers has over a century of combined experience, has successfully handled over 3,000 cases, and has recovered over 300 million dollars in damages for our clients.

Our cruise ship accident lawyers know the importance of safety onboard a vessel. Too many times, both passengers and crewmembers are injured or killed because of negligence regarding safety standards onboard. However, as our commitment to cruise ship safety is paramount and while we feel the cruise industry in general needs to place much more emphasis on safety, we commend cruise lines which take steps to improve safety and are recognized for their efforts. Norwegian Cruise Lines was recently honored with a cruise trade industry award. American Maritime Safety (AMS) presented Norwegian Cruise Line with the 2012 Quality Ship Management Award. This award was bestowed upon the cruise line during the maritime trade association’s annual safety awards in New York City. Norwegian was recognized for its improvement in safety standards and commitment to maintaining safety onboard all vessels.

During the award presentation, AMS praised Norwegian for taking steps to maintain safety aboard its vessels and highlighted the implementation of quality controls systems that improve the efficiency of crewmembers. AMS focused on two of the line’s innovative safety projects, Norwegian’s Safety Culture Concept and Kaizen Project. Norwegian’s Safety Culture Concept is a collection of all the line’s safety efforts, including Safety Thought of the Day, which changes every 24 hours and is communicated daily to the line’s team, as well as at the beginning and end of meetings. The line takes care to praise workers for good safety practices and upholds a “no blame” environment. In addition, Norwegian holds recorded safety meetings and offers crewmembers computer-based safety training modules. The Kaizen Project is an effort by Norwegian to increase crewmembers’ efficiency while at the same time, improving their commitment to safety. The project involves team member feedback and several of the line’s new practices have resulted from this project and adopted fleet-wide.

Svein Sleipnes, Senior Vice President of Marine Operation for Norwegian Cruise Line, was honored to accept the award and emphasized the line’s dedication to safety.

“This award is a testament to our valued team members, who work hard each and every day to provide our guests with an amazing vacation experience,” said Sleipnes. “We are honored to accept the 2012 Quality Ship Management Award and will continue to strive for the highest safety standards for our guests and team members.

AMS is a maritime trade association headquartered in New York that is comprised of over 400 vessel owners and operators. The association was established in 1988 to improve the maritime industry’s compliance with international shipping standards and protocols, as well as to meet U.S. Coast Guard regulations.

Safety onboard cruise lines – and any vessel in general – is crucial to ensuring that all who are onboard are kept out of harm’s way. As our cruise ship accident lawyers know, many accidents at sea are the direct result of negligence and could have been prevented. Recognizing when a cruise line displays an improvement in safety practices will help motivate and inspire other lines to do the same and hopefully decrease the number of incidents onboard vessels.

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