In our last post, we talked about a minor cruise ship accident involving a Disney vessel. The news stories that we use as sources for the topic of cruise ship accidents usually involve, obviously, an accident. However, today we want to change the discussion a little bit and focus on the potential for accidents at ports and shipyards when cruise ship season gets particularly busy — and when ports decide to take on more vessels and people than they ever have before, thus sacrificing safety for money.
We are talking about Prince Edward Island just north of the border of the United States. One of the ports on the island, Port Charlottetown, welcomed four cruise ships to its docks a couple of weeks ago. That’s the most ships that have docked at Port Charlottetown in a day in its history. More than 4,200 passengers docked that day, with an additional nearly 1,100 crew members landing as well.
Everything went off without a hitch, but the point of our post today isn’t that docking this many ships is possible — it is that it creates added logistical problems at docks and shipyards, which increases the likelihood of a possible accident.
Cruise ship accidents and shipyard accidents can deal serious injuries to innocent people. If the victims are lucky, they will survive the incident. But many don’t. With all of the powerful machinery, heavy equipment, precarious heights and other dangers present on cruise ships and at shipyards, it is imperative that safety be the number one priority. When it isn’t, preventable accidents may occur.
Source: The Guardian, “Four cruise ships to dock in Charlottetown on Tuesday,” Sept. 25, 2017