European Union review of passenger ship safety regulations accelerated
The European Commission has invited the passenger ship industry (represented by the European Cruise Council and Interferry) to participate in a review of passenger ship safety regulations. The review is already underway but has been accelerated by the recent Costa Concordia accident. The European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) has completed two studies which analyze shortcomings of the current regulatory frameworks. One of the major issues is the reconciliation between SOLAS 2009 and the Stockholm Agreement.