The International Maritime Organization has adopted the final batch of safety measures recommended by the Cruise Lines International Association.
The cruise industry launched a safety review following the fatal crash of the Costa Concordia in January of 2012, ultimately coming up with 10 policies adopted by member cruise lines. Seven of those had previously been adopted by the IMO, but this week the cruise association said the final three had also been adopted.
Those measures involve storage of lifejackets, rules for stabilizing heavy objects and standardizing bridge operating procedures.
New cruise ships that are ordered as of Monday must be built so lifejackets can be stowed near muster stations or lifeboats; most cruise lines have stored lifejackets in passenger rooms. Lines also must make sure they can secure heavy objects at all times, and operating procedures on brands owned by the same company must be consistent.