Top 10 Most Outrageous Cruise Ship Stories of 2013 & the "Worst Cruise Line in the World" Award
It's been a long year for the cruise lines. Cruise ship fires, engine failures and other mishaps have dominated the travel news in 2013. We have written several hundreds of articles this year under our motto: "everything the cruise lines don't want you to know."…
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Hopefully this will extend to all countries. In Australia, the jurisdiction to hear cases where crimes or incidents that occurred in "International waters", ie, just 20 km off shore, must be heard under the ADMIRALTY ACT 1988 No. 34 of 1988 in a court of law.
In the recent past, any consumer who had an issue with their contract (such as a cruise contract of passage) could take a small claim to their State Department of Fair Trading and have the matter heard relatively quickly and cheaply (around $30-$40) before a Tribunal Member who would make a Decision based on the evidence before him or her.
Today, anyone who has experienced an incident / accident in International waters on a cruise ship sailing out of Australia has no choice but to take action in a court of law. This has huge ramifications for consumers who like to cruise.
The cost for lodging a Statement of Claim is more than $200. There are "rules" about "serving notice" which must be adhered to and there are "rules" about how to prepare a Statement of Claim. The process is lengthy and if you are self representing, while the Courts are sometimes sympathetic, it is likely that your case will be thrown out if you have not adhered to the "rules".
Get a lawyer I hear you say ? Well in Australia our laws have been so watered down in terms of any potential payouts to victims, the cost of the lawyer – IF you can find one to represent you – will far outweigh any amount that the Court may award – there are limits set in law as to what may be compensated. For example … injured at sea or on land ? You MUST have 15% or more impairment in order to be awarded any compensation for PERSONAL INJURIES and regardless, it's unlikely to be in the thousands of dollars.
The cruise lines are rubbing their hands with glee no doubt as THEY KNOW that passengers unless seriously injured whilst at sea in international waters (eg, brain damaged, death) are unlikely to find a lawyer to represent them. They can ignore a passenger and hope they go away taking little discernible responsibility for incidences where a passenger has suffered an injury.
This blog I found is a case in point
Great to see this site up and running. Maritime safety is at the core of my (pilotage) profession be it navigational safety, passengers', crew, shore side workers' safety or environmental protection.
All aspects of ship operation impact on the safety of the people on board whether the ship is deep sea, in port approaches or manoeuvring in harbour waters.
Although cruise ships and passenger liners are the primary focus, there are many passenger ferries now which rate alongside cruise ships in size and capacity.
Good luck with your work and to quote the late Richard Fearnside, son of Marianne Bob Fearnside "may the wind always be on your back".
I am absolutely delighted to see this new website. For far too long the cruise industry has had the political upper hand – no more we say – it is time for the EU Commission to deal with the serious issues that arise within European waters and time for the IMO to promote a fast-track route to International Regulation.
Wishing you the best with this site and offering my support in any way that I can! There are far to many of us families of victims feeling far too much pain that could easily be avoided!
So happy about this website, it is nearly 3 years since my foster sister Rebecca Coriam went missing at sea, still no answers as to what happened to her.
I am sure this website is much needed as I am sure it will help anyone who have experienced, like us, the terrible challenges which we have had to face in the maritime industry.
Curtis Hill (age 14)
A website to help all maritime victims at last about time