Cruise Ship Safety & Security

The cruise industry continues to experience significant growth, with the Cruise Lines International Association projecting that its members will serve 25.3 million passengers in 2017, compared to 17.8 million in 2009.

To meet the increasing demand, the industry is planning to build 97 new ships over the next ten years.

The cruise industry is a heavily regulated industry. All cruise ships are designed and operated in compliance with the strict requirements of the International Maritime Organization, for example, the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Convention and the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL). They are subject to periodic inspections and surveys by their Flag State and Port State authorities, and classification society.

Over the last three years, the Coast Guard National Response Center annually received approximately 65 incident reports from cruise ship operators. Additionally, the Coast Guard reported that 2015 saw a substantial increase in the number of vessel detention over 2014.  The most common areas of detainable deficiencies include: (1) fire protection systems, (2) firefighting detection, (3) maintenance of ship and equipment, (4) rescue boats, and (5) oily water separating equipment.

Some of these incidents have resulted in significant enforcement action. Notably, on December 1, 2016, a major cruise line pleaded guilty to seven felony charges stemming from its deliberate pollution of the seas and intentional acts to cover it up. The company has agreed to pay a $40 million penalty and be will be under a court supervised Environmental Compliance Program for five years.

In promoting safety, security and environmental protection, offers the following scalable, cost-effective services for the cruise industry:

  • Safety and Environmental Management Systems Assessment and Improvement
  • Pre-Port State Control Examination Assessment
  • SOLAS Compliance Verification
    • International Safety Management Code Compliance
      • Management review
      • Internal audits
      • Incident investigation
    • International Ship and Port Facility Security Code
      • Ship Security Assessment
      • Ship Security Plan Development and Maintenance
      • Cruise Terminal Security Assessment
      • Cruise Terminal Security Plan Development and Maintenance
      • Training, Drills, and Exercises
  • MARPOL Compliance Verification
    • Oil Record Book
    • Ballast Water Management
    • Waste Stream Management
  • Port Captain Assistance
  • Emergency/Spill management Team Services
  • Environmental Compliance Plan Audits

For additional information on our services, please contact at (251) 345-6776 or

ISM Code Compliance Service

March 6, 2017 marked the 30th anniversary of the capsizing of the roll-on/roll-off ferry MS Herald of Free Enterprise, which resulted in the tragic deaths of 193 passengers and crew. In response to this catastrophe, and in the interest of enhancing vessel safety management, the International Maritime Organization implemented the International Safety Management (ISM) Code.

The Code went into effect for certain types of vessels on July 1, 1998, but since then has been amended five times. For instance, the new requirement “12.2 The Company should periodically verify whether all those undertaking delegated ISM-related tasks are acting in conformity with the Company’s responsibilities under the Code” went into effect just over two years ago on January 1, 2015.

Compliance with the ISM Code continues to be an issue for some vessel operators.  For example, in the U.S. Coast Guard’s 2015 Port State Control Annual Report, the Agency reported ISM related items as the second most common deficiencies.

In promoting compliance with the ISM Code, offers the following services to our clients:

  • Safety and Environmental Management System Assessment and Development,
  • Internal Audit,
  • Emergency Preparedness,
  • Incident Investigation,
  • Management Review Support,
  • Master Review Support, and
  • Designated Person Ashore.


Complying with the ISM code can be complex, but if doesn’t have to be difficult. Contact today by replying to this email if your company could benefit from our expertise. is an ISO 28007:2015 and ISO 9001:2015 certified company. For more information please contact at (251) 345-6776 or