Set Sail Safely Act Introduced

Two Florida Senators have introduced The Set Sail Safely Act to develop a plan in to get the industry sailing the high seas once more.

Florida Senators Rick Scott and Marco Rubio introduced have introduced the Set Sail Safely Act. This bill will establish a maritime task force that will address security, health and safety concerns with the goal of getting cruises sailing once more. The Set Sail Safely Act would outline a timeline for meetings of the Task Force, recommendations and implementation.

The Task Force

Groups from all over the cruising and boating industry as well as water security will be represented in the task force. The task force would be led by The Department of Homeland Security and would include voices from The Cruise Line International Association, Federal and Private safety committees, Homeland Security, Customs, Border Patrol, U.S. Coast Guard, Health and Human Services, Department of Transportation, Department of State and the Federal Maritime Commission, private committee members and representatives from the cruise lines, ports as well as commercial fisherman.

The bill has garnered the support of Cruise Line International Association, the largest cruise line trade association in the world. In addition, the American Association of Port Authorities, the Florida Ports Council and Miami-Dade County officials have all backed the bill already.

On behalf of the wider cruise community, including nearly 44,000 American travel advisors and hundreds of small and medium sized businesses in the US that provide products and services to cruise lines, CLIA joins our port partners in thanking Senators Rick Scott and Marco Rubio for their leadership in introducing this important legislation. The cruise industry is an important economic contributor in the United States, supporting nearly half a million US jobs, and over 150,000 in Florida alone, prior to the pandemic.

CLIA Global Chair Adam Goldstein

Roadblocks

Currently, the CDC No Sail Order is in effect for all ships sailing out of or into a U.S. port through September 30. Most cruise lines have canceled sailings beyond that date. This bill is a great first step in getting the ball roll for cruises to have guidelines and procedures in order to start back up.

One of the issues with getting events, gatherings and spaces back open has been a lack of conversation and open communication between affected parties, experts and the government. We have seen a lot of snap decisions or a complete lack of communication to even get to the decision making process in a number of instances.

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As we work to solve the coronavirus and safely reopen our economy, this legislation will support the development of guidelines needed to ensure the safe resumption of our cruise lines and port operations.

Senator Rick Scott

Scott went on to describe the cruise industry “important to our state’s economic success.”

He said: ‘Florida is a tourism state with thousands of jobs relying on the success of our ports, cruise lines and maritime industries. Over the past few months, I’ve had many conversations with leaders at Florida ports, federal agencies and within the cruise industry about how to ensure the safety of passengers and employees.

As we work to solve the coronavirus and safely reopen our economy, this legislation will support the development of guidelines needed to ensure the safe resumption of our cruise lines and port operations.

Senator Rick Scott

Not only is restarting cruises vital to the survival of the cruise industry itself, thousands of jobs have vanished with the shuttering of ports. In addition, tourism is Florida and other port states has suffered greatly. It’s important that businesses look to restart under proper strategic protocols to maintain a high level of health and safety for guests and workers alike.

Related: Disney Cruise Line Cancels All Sailings Through December 6, 2020

Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.

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