Brimble calls for cruise law overhaul

first_img<a href=”” target=”_blank”><img src=”;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> The former husband of Dianne Brimble has called on Australia to follow the US and overhaul its cruise ship laws.Mark Brimble, whose former wife died onboard a P&O cruise ship in 2002, made the call following the introduction of new US laws that move to increase security, law enforcement, and accountability on cruise ships in international waters.The new laws will require each ship to report deaths, disappearances and allegations of crime, reports ABC News.The legislation was passed unanimously by the US Senate and follows the unreported 2004 disappearance of a woman on an Alaskan cruise.The disappearance of Kendall Carver’s daughter was not reported by the cruise company until it was contacted by the FBI five weeks later.Mr Carver founded the International Cruise Victims Association following his daughter’s disappearance and has since campaigned against what he sees as the refusal of cruise liners to investigate onboard crimes, and is hopeful the new laws will find their way to Australia too.But for now the laws will only apply to US citizens on cruises that leave from or arrive in the US, he said.For Mr Brimble, it’s clear that the Federal Government needs to follow the US and ensure the protection of cruise ship passengers.”As soon as an Australian boards a cruise ship here in Australia the laws become very murky and the legislation that is enforced is completely different,” he said during an interview with the ABC.”So safety and security starts to become questionable.”Carnival Australia, which runs P&O cruises, introduced new protocols for the reporting of onboard crimes following MS Brimble’s death, calling it a wake-up call for the industry, but Mr Brimble wants more to be done.”I have taken a proposal to the cruise companies here in Australia that said that a measure could be implemented to put an independent body on board a ship that could report back to a federal authority,” he said. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: S.Flast_img

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