Cruise ship crime: US Senate passes new law requiring reported crimes to be publicly available

5 Jan, 2015

A law has been passed by the US Senate that will make reports of all crimes committed on board cruise ships publicly available.

The legislation calls for quarterly updates of each alleged crime, including the name of each cruise line on which it occurred and whether it was committed by a crew member or passenger. It also would track the number of people who go overboard.

Ken Carver, President of the International Cruise Victims Association (ICV) – an Associate Member of Victim Support Europe – has led a campaign for changes in legislation. Speaking to IHS Maritime: he told them ‘We were thrilled at the passage finally of this major disclosure requirement.’ However, he also cautioned that ‘This is just one step to hold [cruise ship operators] accountable and needs to be made a worldwide requirement.’

Further information can be found through the ICV webiste: http://www.internationalcruisevictims.org/