Commercial Vessel Compliance

10/30/2017: Coast Guard meets with Cruise Lines International Association, other federal agencies to discuss maritime safety and stewardship

Coast Guard Headquarters staff attended a special session of the Cruise Lines International Association’s (CLIA) Committees on Maritime Safety and Marine Environment Matters in Washington, D.C., Oct. 20, 2017. Other federal agencies in attendance included the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of State, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Transportation Safety Board, and the Environmental Protection Agency. The objective of the meeting was to further the government-industry partnership between U.S. government agencies and CLIA through ongoing discussions on matters of mutual interest related to maritime safety and protection of the marine environment.

“We’ve been engaging with the members of CLIA for several years now through these committee meetings, and have found them to be extremely beneficial for encouraging two-way dialogue on key issues related to cruise ship safety, security and environmental protection,” said Capt. Benjamin Hawkins, chief of the Office of Design and Engineering Standards. “Whether discussing passenger safety or novel technologies, these discussions directly support our role and responsibility as regulators.”

The meeting included a series of staff briefs on a variety of Coast Guard programs and initiatives.


Coast Guard staff heard briefs from the other federal agencies in attendance on many related topics important to maritime safety and marine environmental stewardship. FEMA provided a brief on emergency contingency operations and Dept. of State gave an update on the work of the Arctic Council and the Antarctic Treaty. NOAA discussed issues related to national marine sanctuaries, nautical charts and electronic charting, and feedback on ocean weather data provided by the National Weather Service. NTSB discussed marine casualties and investigations and priorities related to transportation safety. Finally, EPA updated attendees on the 2018 draft of the Vessel General Permit.

“CLIA’s long-standing partnership with the U.S. Coast Guard as well as engagement with other government agencies continues to tackle the most prevalent issues regarding safety, security and environmental protection facing the cruise industry,” said Rob Griffiths, vice president, maritime policy, CLIA. “The cruise industry remains committed to ongoing dialogue with regulators and other stakeholders on matters of mutual interest.”

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