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EU: Public consultation on a review of EU passenger ship safety legislation

The EU Commission has started a public consultation on a review of EU passenger ship safety legislation. The consultation will be open from 13/04/2012 to 5/07/2012. 

The first set of questions relate to the main objective, namely, to identify and address within the current Directive 2009/45/EC on rules and standards for passenger ship safety any provisions that may need to be reviewed or updated and which lead to inefficiencies in the EU internal market for ships or maritime passenger services.

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European Union: airline black list updated

On April 3, 2012, the European Commission has adopted the 19th update of the European list of air carriers which are for safety reasons subject to an operating ban or operational restrictions within the European Union. Conviasa, an air carrier certified in Venezuela, was added to the list due to safety concerns.

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European cruise industry sees strong growth ahead despite current challenges

The international cruise industry, whose top priority is ensuring safety of passengers and crews and which is fully committed to learning lessons from the recent tragic Concordia incident, is confident that it will continue to see steady growth in Europe, said European Cruise Council Chairman Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio. Among Mr.

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USA: DHS report says X-ray scanners at airports are safe

The inspector general of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) reported that full-body X-ray scanning machines at airport security checkpoints use an "extremely low dose" of radiation which is safe for passengers. The report refers to a Johns Hopkins University assesment of 2010 which said that a passenger would have to be screened 47 times a day for a year to exceed yearly limits of radiation set by the American National Standards Institute.

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EU Transport Commissioner receives commitment from Cruise industry to fully engage in review of passenger ship safety rules

Vice-President Siim Kallas, European Commissioner for Transport today was briefed by the board of the European Cruise Council about cruise ship safety. Vice President Kallas announced that the Commission strongly supports a passenger ship safety review at IMO (International Maritime Organisation) to ensure that European citizens can expect state of the art safety measures in place - no matter where they board a passenger ship. The EU Transport Commissioner outlined the need for a twin-track approach with the IMO.

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European Union: Costa Concordia accident and Commission review of passenger ship safety legislation

Vice-President Siim Kallas, European Commissioner for Transport has asked that the currently ongoing review of EU passenger ship safety legislation take fully into account any lessons to be learnt from the Costa Concordia tragedy. The review will prioritise, in particular, the issues of: design and stability of passenger ships, technological developments in the sector, crew training and safe operation, including emergency evacuation procedures. Vice-President Kallas will outline the Commission's position to the European Parliament's Transport Committee on Tuesday 24 January 2012.

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Germany: railway company liable for black ice accident on platform

About to take a train from Solingen to Dresden, the plaintiff who had already bought her ticket for the train ride slipped on the platform because of black ice and got injured. After a claim against the company which owns the station premises was dismissed because that company had assigned its duties to clear the platforms from snow and ice to a third company, the plaintiff filed a new law suit against the railway company.

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EU: Commission requests Italy to comply with new safety rules for passenger ships

The European Commission has asked Italy to adopt national legislation implementing the new European safety rules and standards for passenger ships. The Commission's request takes the form of a reasoned opinion under EU infringement procedures. If Italy fails to inform the Commission within two months of the measures it has taken to ensure full compliance with EU law, the Commission could refer the case to the European Court of Justice.

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European Commission updates airline black list

On Nov. 21, the European Commission has adopted today the eighteenth update of the list of airlines banned in the European Union.

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USA: proposed bill to require travel websites to list health risks of travel destinations

A proposed Senate bill would require online travel-service providers to provide detailed information about the health and safety services provided at each advertised destination. The bill would also require website operators to display pertinent Department of State travel warnings on each destination.

The bill would require website operators to request that on-site information if it is not readily available, and if no information is provided, they would have to say specifically.