For most, the opportunity to take a cruise is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Cruises are a fantastic way to explore a part of the world you’ve never been to before. They’re convenient, offer diverse experiences, and go just about anywhere you could want to go! However, they can also be quite costly. So, it makes sense that many see it as a one-time vacation.
Given the fact that there is often a great deal of anticipation in the months and days leading up to your departure, you’ll want to be able to rest assured that you have prepared appropriately and that your safety and well-being are of the highest priority. After all, you are putting your life in the hands of a cruise line for the duration of your trip, and should be able to count on them, should you need any assistance.
As a maritime law firm, we are familiar with the expectations that cruise-goers have, before embarking on their cruise. And while most of the time, those expectations are met and even exceeded by excellent crewmembers and cruise line performance, there are times when things do not go as planned.
One issue that is not often discussed is the safety of the actual cruise vessel. A recent report from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries sheds light on the challenges involved with building ships that are structurally sound, so that everyone on board can ride in safety.
Mitsubishi’s Many Technical Difficulties
In its 2016 report, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries outlined a new approach to risk management. This came as a result of its most recent attempt to construct a ship for Carnival. During construction of the AIDAprima, the company experienced numerous difficulties, which included technical shortcomings like faulty engines, late design changes, and onboard fires. These shortcomings were due in part to the fact that Mitsubishi had not endeavored to build a cruise ship in over 10 years—since 2004.
CEO Shunichi Miyanaga explained, “As a result, we made various decisions using outdated parameters.” And although the company will now have both a Business Risk Management Division and a Risk Solutions Department, Mitsubishi has made the decision to not move forward with additional European cruise ships. Instead, they will continue with smaller ferries and passenger ships.
Building a cruise ship that is safe for passengers and crewmembers is a huge endeavor. And we are glad that Mitsubishi, after making a valiant attempt at reentering the cruise vessel world, has made a choice to pull back in order to keep everyone safe, and reduce further losses to their business.
Injured On Your Cruise? We Can Help
However, we know that this is not always the case. Often, vessels that pose a fire safety risk, or have potential health hazards, are allowed to carry passengers, without notifying them of the risks at play. So if you or a family member have been injured aboard a cruise ship, we are here to help.
Navigating the tricky legal waters of a maritime case is challenging, but a maritime attorney can help you steer a clear course towards a better future. So do not hesitate to contact us. We’ll be glad to set up an initial consultation, hear your story, and help you decide the best step to take, as you move forward.