Post Info TOPIC: U.S. Congressional Hearings - March 7, 2006 ICV Suggestions


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U.S. Congressional Hearings - March 7, 2006 ICV Suggestions




MARCH 7, 2006


Suggestions Submitted By:

International Cruise Victims Association, Inc.





BACKGROUND CHECKS (Crewmembers/Officers)

§ Create a MAIN database for reporting all terminated individuals/employees, ensuring that the same employee(s) will not be rehired by another cruise line.

a) Tighter security checks and screening of all employees

b) Although the cost of vacation cruises may increase, reliable personnel should

be stationed on all decks and all the time.  

q INTERNATIONAL POLICE/U.S. MARSHALLS § An International police force should be established at the expense of the cruise lines, connected to Interpol or another international police organization:

a) Such authority should not be affiliated with the cruise line or its’ crew.

b) U.S. Marshals to be present on cruise ships.

c) When a crime is not reported to the appropriate authorities by the cruise lines, and in a timely manner, substantial fines should be imposed.

d) All crimes must be made public - Not voluntarily, but mandatory.

e) Require protocol for filing any form of incident and to be immediately processed through specific channels. 

SECURITY – Crime Scenes

§ Certified security training and security enhancements with documented procedures

and check-off lists in place for the following:

Roping off/securing the crime scene

Securing surveillance videos

Taking pictures of the crime scene

Avoiding physical handling of evidence

Properly bagging and securing such evidence

Immediately interviewing and obtaining names of witnesses

Documenting statements and details from witnesses

Recording time frames for each step of the investigation

Requiring a sign-off for each step

Distributing photos of missing passengers (Recent photos, not video)

Inspecting all cabins and all compartments throughout the ship

Contacting authorities immediately (Coast Guard, FBI, etc.)


§ Increase the height of various places on the outside of each ship, making it difficult for passengers to go overboard:

Higher glass walls

Other design changes


Upgrade existing surveillance systems and increase the number of cameras:

Strategically place cameras in all areas, where passengers may frequent, i.e.

decks, outside railings, non-glass elevators, etc.

Monitor system and cameras 24/7

Ensure and install proper lighting for image quality

Require daily inspections and monitoring to ensure proper functionality


§ Bracelets to be issued just prior to boarding the ship:

a) Designed to include microchips

b) Worn by passengers throughout the entire cruise (onshore & offshore)

c) Bear the name of the ship and identifying each passenger; thus, if an individual is missing, falls overboard, etc., their location will be detected (similar to those on house arrest, microchips for our dogs, our children, and our vehicles).


§ When a passenger is reported missing/overboard, the ship must stop immediately and complete a search:

a) Rail alarms to go off if an individual should go overboard.

b) Station 24/7 lifeguards on each side of the ship’s decks.

c) Require a full accounting of the # passengers who board vs. exit

NOTE: The airlines do not permit someone to be missing from their seat on an

aircraft without accountability, and flights are only for hours, not days.

q RAPE KITS/RAPE REPORTING  § Rape kits MUST BE available on all ships:

a) Doctors, who have a license to practice medicine, must be available 24/7.

b) No requests should be refused or taken lightly.

c) Written documentation to be provided, signed, and issued to the patient.


§ Cruise lines have selected specific on-shore companies for passenger excursions from which they obviously receive promotional revenue/commission:

a) Since the cruise lines select and promote various excursions, they should be held accountable for the safety of their passengers, who purchase such excursions through them.

b) Weather conditions should be verified, prior to allowing passengers to purchase excursions, such as sightseeing tours, scuba diving adventures, water-skiing etc.


§ Legislation changes must be made to hold cruise lines accountable for the safety of U.S. Citizens

Maritime Law was intended to protect countries and jurisdictions during wartime and boundaries of these countries. It was NEVER the intent for individual cruise line companies to hide under this Law and not be held accountable.

§ Cruise lines need to acknowledge the following:

a) Agree to move forward with Congress to make changes for the safety of all passengers, as the cruise line industry continues to become the number one vacation preference for many thousands of people.

b) Create consequences that are stricter for those who engage in foul play and for those who dismiss it, including these cruise ship companies, which are just shrugging their shoulders at the expense of so many families.

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