September 27, 2012 is the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) World Maritime Day, and this year, safety on the high seas is the main topic of consideration. Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), a nonprofit organization, has commemorated the special day, which honors industry pioneers that have worked to improve maritime safety over the years. Today also marks the 100 year anniversary of the Titanic cruise ship accident, and the lives of all who were lost are being remembered and honored.
“The safety of our passengers and crew is the cruise industry’s number one priority and ongoing innovation in safety has been a hallmark of our industry for decades,” said CLIA CEO Christine Duffy. “We applaud the IMO on its constant vigilance and commitment to mandating standards that keep the entire maritime industry safe. We look forward to continuing our work with the IMO and other key global stakeholders to ensure we are going above and beyond their requirements to keep our oceans, crew, and passengers safe each day.”
The IMO, a United Nations agency, is in charge of regulating safety and security matters for the shipping industry, which includes cruise ships. World Maritime Day was first celebrated on March 17, 1978 to commemorate the IMO Convention’s entry into force in 1958. There are about 167 member states which include nations from all over the world who have a common interest in maritime affairs and protecting their maritime environment. While the dates vary from year to year, World Maritime Day is usually celebrated the last week of September.
This year, the theme to focus on is the evolution of maritime safety since the first International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, which given recent cruise ship accidents, is especially of concern.
“A century after the Titanic was lost in the icy waters of the North Atlantic, the IMO is striving to ensure continual improvement in safety at sea. Its work is as important now as ever,” said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
Although the IMO focuses on ensuring safety regulations at sea are maintained, the reality of the matter is that cruise ship accidents take place more often than anyone would like to acknowledge – especially cruise lines. Between the Concordia capsizing to two individuals having recently gone overboard from Royal Caribbean cruise ships, the need for a cruise ship accident lawyer is at an all-time high. Cruise lines have a responsibility for passenger and crew safety, and when an accident occurs onboard a vessel or while at port, cruise companies may be held liable for any injuries or fatalities that ensue.
Anyone who has suffered an accident on a cruise is entitled to seek legal help. Our cruise accident attorneys are dedicated to upholding admiralty and maritime law and will fight for your rights to make sure you obtain justice for your pain and suffering. Our maritime lawyers have decades of experience in representing the interests of cruise accident victims and strive to obtain a successful recovery for your case.