— September 27, 2012 — Washington, DC - Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) today commemorated the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) World Maritime Day, honoring the work of the diverse maritime community and industry stakeholders that strive to preserve and continuously improve maritime safety – the cruise industry’s number one priority, said CLIA President and CEO Christine Duffy.
The IMO, a United Nations agency, regulates safety, security, and environmental issues for the entire shipping industry, including cruise ships. This year’s World Maritime Day theme focuses on the evolution of maritime safety since the first International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea.
“The safety of our passengers and crew is the cruise industry’s number one priority and ongoing innovation in safety has been a hallmark of our industry for decades,” Duffy said. “We applaud the IMO on its constant vigilance and commitment to mandating standards that keep the entire maritime industry safe. We look forward to continuing our work with the IMO and other key global stakeholders to ensure we are going above and beyond their requirements to keep our oceans, crew, and passengers safe each day.”
In honor of World Maritime Day, the Cruise Industry Charitable Foundation, funded by CLIA’s member cruise lines, has also donated $5,000 to the educational, non-profit Mariners’ Museum, one of the largest maritime museums in the world. Founded in 1930, its 90,000 square feet collection focuses on maritime history, including shipbuilding, navigation, cartography, and features maritime artifacts, paintings, and other objects, including one of the world’s premier boat collections, the “International Small Craft Center.”