Cruise Industry Oversight: Are Current Regulations Sufficient to Protect Passengers & Environment

Feature Image: Capitol 1WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation announces a full committee hearing to review whether current cruise ship industry regulations sufficiently protect passengers and the environment.

At the hearing, the Committee will consider questions related to the safety, security and environmental practices of the cruise ship industry.  In light of the recent accident involving the Costa Concordia off the coast of Italy, safety issues will be a particular focus of the hearing.  Witnesses will address industry environmental practices and efforts to mitigate crime and maintain passenger safety and security on board U.S. cruise ships.

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Majority Statement

  • Chairman John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV

    U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation


  • Vice Admiral Brian M. Salerno

    Deputy Commandant for Operations, United States Coast Guard
    Department of Homeland Security
    Download Testimony (205.97 KB)
  • Mr. Bill Johnson

    Seaport Director
    Port of Miami
    Download Testimony (124.71 KB)
  • Captain William H. Doherty

    Director of Maritime Relations
    NEXUS Consulting Corp.
    Download Testimony (653.70 KB)
  • Dr. Ross Klein

    Professor, School of Social Work
    St. Johns College, Memorial University
    Download Testimony (549.87 KB)
  • Ms. Christine Duffy

    President and CEO
    Cruise Lines International Association