CLIA welcomes European Maritime Safety Agency guidance on resumption of cruise ship operations
CLIA and its member lines welcome publication of the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) guidance on resumption of cruise ship operations in the European Union.
The EMSA guidance provides recommendations relating to the development of ship and port management plans, and the interaction between cruise operations and ports and terminals.
Co-authored with the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), the EMSA guidance follows the recent publication of EU Healthy Gateways guidance on the resumption of cruise ship operations. Viewed in tandem, these guidance documents aim to establish a pan-European benchmark for national maritime transport and public health authorities for the future resumption of cruising in Europe.
CLIA and its member lines have been engaged in the development of the guidance, which will help to inform the development of protocols at the national level. CLIA member lines are also identifying appropriate protocols, based on evolving guidance from health authorities and medical experts, that cover passengers from the time of booking their cruise, to the holiday itself and their safe return home.
CLIA Australasia Managing Director Joel Katz said the European Maritime Safety Agency guidance was an important resource for authorities and operators focused on the safe resumption of cruising in Europe.
“Globally, we envisage a gradual, phased-in approach to the resumption of cruise operations,” Mr Katz said. “The progress made in Europe is a welcome step forward and will help inform processes underway in other parts of the world.”
“In Australia and New Zealand, CLIA and its cruise line members will continue to engage with health authorities and governments to demonstrate the work underway internationally to uphold the safety of guests, crew and communities, so that we can discuss a pathway towards a controlled resumption in our own region when the time is right.”