The Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act should be made law, says a state coroner.

After extensive hearings into cruise vessel safety following the death of Diane Brimble, NSW Coroner Jacqueline Milledge has recommended that the Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act should be made law in Australia like in the United States.

Milledge, who investigated the Brimble case, also recommended that Federal Police travel on any cruise ship leaving Australia.

The announcement is a coup for the International Cruise Victims Association (ICV), led by president Mark Brimble, who presented the case for action in the hearing.

“Cruise ships are like floating cities. Like all small cities, the cruise ship is supplied with a vast number of city employees to look after its temporary citizenry. These include cooks, waiters, maids, bartenders, lifeguards, firemen, a medical doctor and even a mayor (e.g., Captain). One noticeable element, however, missing from this well-staffed city at sea is a police force with jurisdictional authority to serve and protect its citizens,” Brimble said.

Earlier this year a bill was passed in the US to ensure every ship sailing in US waters has on-deck surveillance, minimum height railings, peep holes on cabin doors and emergency sound systems.

Cruise ships sailing in US waters are now also required to immediately report any onboard incident to US authorities and keep a log of deaths, missing persons, complaints, theft and assault charges.

Would you feel safer onboard a cruise ship knowing these changes had been implemented? Have you ever felt unsafe on a cruise ship?