Nexus: Cruise Passengers Need Independent Distress Call Ability

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Maritime consultancy also advocates zero-tolerance drug and alcohol policy.

We believe passengers can (and should) demand trained, competent and 100% sober crew members on their leisure vessels.

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. With the recent Costa Concordia disaster and questions being raised about its captain’s sobriety, Nexus is advocating a passenger distress signal system (PDS) that would allow those on board to bypass chain-of-command breakdowns due to human error.

The PDS is the first of 18 points outlined by Nexus in a recent Maritime Executive magazine article in which Captain Bill Doherty, Nexus’ Director of Maritime Affairs, proposes necessary, safety-driven changes to the cruise industry. Highlighting the 18-points of improvement, Nexus is also calling for a zero-tolerance policy for alcohol and drugs among crew and staff of cruise lines. Nexus is proposing this industry shift in order to preserve passenger safety and readiness.

“We have been actively advocating on behalf of cruise passengers in the weeks since the Costa Concordia disaster, and we’re not about to slow down,” says Doherty. “We believe passengers can (and should) demand trained, competent and 100-percent sober crew members on their leisure vessels. The 18 points of improvement we’re pushing forward are key to making that vision a reality.”

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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