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After Concordia: Industry scrambles to improve safety

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n the aftermath of the January 13, 2012 Costa Concordia disaster the cruise industry is facing one of its most challenging years ever. The tragedy, which left 32 dead and the ship a constructive total loss, capsized in the waters off Giglio, Italy, has produced rapid and concerted efforts by the industry to review existing safety procedures, make recommendations and implement changes, all aimed at ensuring in both perception and reality that the incident is an aberration that will have no lasting impact on the industry’s growth and profitability. Unfortunately, the incident and its aftermath cannot be viewed in a vacuum, as all of the externalities that impact a global industry continue in play. CRUISING AFTER CONCORDIA Shortly after the incident, the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) announced a Cruise Industry Operational Safety Review. The Review was to include a comprehensive assessment of the critical human factors and operational aspects of maritime safety. It would include an internal review by each CLIA member of its operational safety practices and procedures including navigation, evacuation, and emergency training; consultation with independent experts; and identification and sharing of industry best practices. It would consider possible recommendations to the IMO for substantive regulatory changes, and involve close collaboration with the IMO, governments and regulatory bodies to implement changes. The first two steps to improve safety were announced jointly by the CLIA, the European Cruise Council (ECC) and the U.K.’s Passenger Shipping Association —a new emergency drill policy requiring mandatory muster for embarking

CRUISE SHIP ORDERBOOK (As of May 1, 2012) Cruise Line/Vessel

Shipyard

AIDA Cruises AIDAmar Meyer Werft AIDAstella Meyer Werft unnamed Mitsubishi H.I. unnamed Mitsubishi H.I. Carnival Cruise Lines Carnival Breeze Fincantieri Celebrity Cruises Celebrity Reflection Meyer Werft Compagnie du Ponant Le Soleal Fincantieri Costa Cruises Costa Fascinosa Fincantieri unnamed Fincantieri Hapag Lloyd Cruises Europa 2 STX France MSC Cruises MSC Divina STX France MSC Preziosa STX France Norwegian Cruise Line Norwegian Breakaway Meyer Werft Norwegian Getaway Meyer Werft P&O Cruises unnamed Fincantieri Princess Cruises Royal Princess Fincantieri unnamed Fincantieri Royal Caribbean International unnamed Meyer Werft unnamed Meyer Werft Sea Cloud Cruises Sea Cloud Hussar Marin TUI Cruises unnamed STX Finland Viking Ocean Cruises unnamed Fincantieri unnamed Fincantieri

GT

Lower Berths

Est. Delivery

Est. Price* ($ in Mil.)

71,000 71,000 125,000 125,000

2,174 2,174 3,250 3,250

May 2012 May 2013 Mar 2015 Mar 2016

$508 $421 $648 $648

130,000

3,690

May 2012

$750

122,000

2,825

Nov. 2012

$810

10,900

260

Jun 2013

$137

114,500 132,500

3,004 3,708

May 2012 Oct 2014

$673 $792

39,500

516

Spr. 2013

$360

140,000 139,400

3,500 3,478

May 2012 Mar 2013

$677 $677

143,500 143,500

4,000 4,000

Apr 2013 Apr 2014

$850 $850

141,000

3,611

Mar 2015

$805

139,000 139,000

3,600 3,600

Apr 2013 Apr 2014

$737 $737

158,000 158,000

4,100 4,100

Aut. 2014 May 2015

$943 $943

8,000

136

unknown

$40

97,000

2,500

Wnt 2014

$546

45,000 45,000

998 998

late 2014 late 2015

TBA TBA

* Euro-denominated contracts converted to USD at the rate of 1 euro = $1.32 Source: Clarkson Research Services

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