The new policies address issues connected to the registering passenger nationality and the common elements of musters and emergency instructions, as a result of the Cruise Industry Operational Safety Review started in the beginning of 2012.
The Nationality of Passengers policy was created in response to the request of governments at the May meeting of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Maritime Safety Committee meeting. This policy states that the nationality of each passenger on board is to be registered and made readily available to search and rescue personnel as appropriate.
Under the Common Elements of Musters and Emergency Instructions policy, member cruise lines have point out twelve common parts that will be communicated to passengers in musters and emergency instructions. Among those typical elements are an explanation of key safety systems and features.
Each of these policies will be sent to the IMO for review at its next session in November this year.