Nexus Captain Calls for Serious Reform and Accountability in Cruise Line Passenger Safety

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Costa Concordia disaster highlights need for passengers to independently call for help

Ideally, a passenger distress system would never need to be used, but when lives are at stake, any risk is unacceptable.

Nexus Consulting Group of Alexandria, LLC, a leading provider of private maritime safety and security solutions, is calling on the cruise industry to implement independent passenger distress call systems. Similar to how anyone might pull a fire alarm, independent distress calls would alert authorities in case of disaster and a breakdown in the chain of command, as was seen recently on the Costa Concordia. Safety systems, no matter how well-intentioned, can fail due to human error and a lack of redundancy.

“Current distress systems make passengers reliant on a ‘chain of command’ for reaching the outside authorities, but what if the crew on board doesn’t do their jobs?” asks Captain Bill Doherty, director of maritime affairs for Nexus. “Passengers need to have the ability to ask for help if something seems dangerous and help is not being provided by the crew. Ideally, a passenger distress system would never need to be used, but when lives are at stake, any risk is unacceptable.”

Questions are being raised about the Costa Concordia’s captain, Francseco Schettino, and his possible consumption of alcohol prior to the the disaster. If this is the case, those in charge of passenger safety may have become incapable of doing their jobs. Nexus believes that the safety of the passengers should be deferred into their own hands at all levels possible to avoid any safety risk.

Nexus Consulting Group is taking the lead in demanding change from a key travel industry, with cruise safety specialists and programs designed to assist cruise lines with their safety management. To discuss Nexus’ cruise safety services, please contact Nexus Consulting at 703-224-8984.

To view Captain Doherty’s full recommendation to the cruise industry as a former Safety Manager for a major cruise line, please see the “What can we learn from the Costa Concordia?” white paper on the Nexus site.

For more information about Nexus or to receive a free consultation please contact the sales department at: info (at) ncga (dot) us

About Captain Bill Doherty
Captain Bill Doherty is a 1967 graduate of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, a licensed US Coast Guard Master-Unlimited tonnage, and qualified First Class Pilot, Prince William Sound, Valdez, Alaska. Captain Doherty has served on numerous US Navy warships and was the Head of Maritime Affairs for the Chief of Naval Operations during Operations Desert Storm. Over the course of his career, he has commanded tankers, containerships, research vessels, high-speed ferries, and was an instructor at his alma mater. Before retirement, his latest position was as Safety Manager for Norwegian Cruise Lines. Captain Doherty now serves as the director of maritime relations for Nexus Consulting.

About Nexus Consulting Group of Alexandria, LLC
Established in 2005, Nexus Consulting is a US veteran-owned and operated private safety and security company that places unprecedented focus on compliance while actively protecting passengers, crews, equipment and cargo from maritime threats. Internationally, Nexus Consulting is taking the lead in maritime security utilizing the Nexus Solution. Nexus also offers marine safety and security consulting services to private shipping fleets, cargo vessels and cruise lines.

Visit Nexus online at: http://www.NCGA.US

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