In the wake of recent high profile incidents involving cruise vessels, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines (RCCL) sought out solutions that would better prepare them to minimize any potential impacts these incidents could have. As part of the risk management assessment, RCCL performed a “bow-tie” analysis, which displays the links between the potential causes, preventative and mitigative controls, and consequences of an incident. “This is a simple and pragmatic approach to analysing, visualising and communicating hazards and risk reduction measures,” says Gerry Ellis, Director of Maritime Safety & Compliance Safety, Environment & Health. “It is increasingly becoming the preferred technique by regulatory bodies and leading companies, and allows us to give RCCL a structured approach to mitigating impact.”

Through this analysis, RCCL identified five key potential incidents that they needed to be prepared for:

  1. 1 - Fire/Explosion
  2. 2 - Collision/Allision
  3. 3- Grounding
  4. 4 - Mechanical failure or heavy equipment
  5. 5 - Weather related


This agreement is a non-exclusive, non-retainer-based global salvor contract. It allows for an instant, quality emergency response, according to pre-agreed terms and conditions, which results in much shorter response times and contract duration, and minimises the impact of a marine incident. As part of the agreement, Svitzer has participated in internal drills and safety/preparedness meetings, has pre-modelled RCCL vessels, reviewed ER procedures and protocols, and conducted on-board inspections.


Through these Global Preparedness partnerships, Svitzer Salvage aims to be the maritime industry’s long-term loss mitigation partner. Svitzer’s goal is to preserve the safety and well-being of all maritime personnel, the quality of the environment, value of property and the reputation of the industry.

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