Singapore Unveils New Cruise Ship Terminal: Will More Ships Mean More Cruise Accidents?

Lipcon, Marguiles, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A

Singapore is already one of Southeast Asia’s main cruise ports, but the Republic is about to be filled with even more travelers. The city-state unveiled its new cruise ship terminal Monday evening, which is bound to attract thousands of tourists and cruise ships.

The new Marina Bay Centre was created as a supplement for two existing ports. Smaller vessels dock at Harborfront Cruise Centre, which is conveniently located near the downtown area, and larger ships dock at Singapore’s cargo area. The new, multi-story terminal is located near the Republic’s financial district and was created to accommodate mega-vessels, such as Royal Caribbean’s Oasis class cruise ships. Although Royal Caribbean’s Oasis class does not call on Singapore, several other larger vessels do, and the city-state’s authorities believe the larger port will garner the attention of both tourists and cruise ship operators alike in hopes of expanding the area’s appeal as an exciting cruise destination.

The importance of the new cruise ship terminal was evident with Monday night’s event attendees, including Singapore’s Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean and several cruise line executives, such as Princess Cruises’ President and CEO Alan Buckelew and Costa Cruise’s Chairman Pier Luigi Foschi, who is currently working on expanding parent company Carnival Corp.’s market in Asia.

To christen the new facility, the port received two megaships – Princess Cruises’ Diamond Princess and Royal Caribbean’s Voyager of the Seas. Diamond Princess was in town for the day and Voyager of the Seas was completing a repositioning cruise from Tianjin, China. The benefits of the new port are vast for both Singapore and cruise lines. Not only will the nation profit with greater tourism, but cruise lines will also benefit with a spike in the number of travelers who will want to venture to the exotic port.

While this can be an exciting time for the cruise industry and the travel and tourism business in Singapore, passengers are asked to be wary. The terminal is new and the city-state has yet to fully get used to the larger influx of travelers. There is bound to be some chaos as terminal authorities work to get situated in the new port and accidents are likely to happen. Cruise ship injuries can occur not just onboard, but ashore as well, and to compensate the injured for any injuries incurred may fall on the cruise ship operator.

Cruise lines are responsible for ensuring the safety of their passengers whether on land or at sea and when that safety is compromised, they may be held accountable for the cruise injuries that ensue. If you or a loved one were involved in any type of maritime accident that led to an injury or death, turn to Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A. immediately for assistance.

Lipcon maritime lawyers have represented passengers and crewmembers who have suffered injuries and losses since 1971. We will work hard so you and your loved ones can obtain the maximum benefits you deserve as well.

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