Cruise ships are much safer now than they were before the Titanic. However, cruise ships can still face the risk of sinking if a heavy object penetrates the boat, as the ocean can be an unpredictable place.
Luckily, if one does sink, passengers’ chances of losing their lives are very slim. Despite all of this, they may still want to address a variety of questions before getting on board.
What can cause a cruise ship to sink?
Things like coral reefs and, yes, even icebergs can still pose a threat to cruise ships. However, the danger posed by these obstacles have greatly diminished. As ship operators have technologies like GPS, radar, AMVER and sonar available to them, they can prepare ahead of time to avoid disaster. However, the Costa Concordia tragedy proves that high-end technology can’t prevent all catastrophes.
How many cruise ships have sunk in recent years?
Right now, there isn’t a straight answer. According to a recent report, there isn’t an organization that collects data on cruise ship catastrophes such as collisions, fires and evacuations. That’s because cruise lines typically incorporate and register their ships abroad. Industry professionals have stated the only place cruise lines usually have to report this information is the state that the vessel operates in.
Can passengers prepare themselves for potential disasters?
The best thing passengers can do is prepare themselves for an emergency and keep a positive attitude. If they want to be ready for the worst, they can:
- Familiarize themselves with all of the exits.
- Know what all of the signs on board mean and what they lead to.
- Know where they can find flotation devices like life jackets and lifeboats.
- Keep things like prescriptions, money and warm clothing in a portable bag.
Even though it’s likely one’s cruise ship won’t sink, passengers can prepare for a disaster by planning ahead. While being on a sinking cruise ship likely won’t kill the passengers on board, they can still endure hardships due to lost or destroyed possessions. If you have suffered a loss or injury while on a cruise ship, contact the Law Offices of John W. Merting, P.A.