July 24, 2013 was the day of the Senate Hearing on cruise ship safety. The body consisted of Rear Admiral Joseph Servidio, The Honorable Mark Rosenker, Dr. Ross Klein, Mr. Adam Goldstein and Mr. Gerald Cahill. Dr. Ross Klein is seen to be one of the leading specialists in the area of cruise adversities, Mark Rosenker is an affiliate of the Cruise Line International Associations “panel of professionals” and Mr. Goldstein and Mr. Cahill are the CEOs of Carnival and Royal Caribbean.
Senator Rockefeller chaired the senate hearing and it was certain that he had gathered enough information before it even started. The Senator made it clear that he was already fed up and searching for more genuine information about what the cruise lines aim to do to increase safety. The opening statement of Mr. Cahill was predictable and pointless. Hence, Senator Rockefeller said, “I was fascinated by your opening statement. It could not have been more than a minute and a half or two minutes, and it had no content what-so-ever.” He also mentioned that everyone else was “talking substance” while Mr. Cahill was “walking away from things.”
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Mr. Goldstein talked about the fire on the Grandeur for a couple of times indicating that for the first time, they were able to do a great job in taking care of their passengers. At some time, due to slip of the tongue, Mr. Goldstein even referred the passengers as dollars. To his credit and that of the Royal Caribbean Cruise Ltd., there was some intelligence and provision seen in his answers to the questions thrown at him. He pan out “searching” at least like RCCL wants to give help. However, at one point he said, “There is no perfect safety, there is however a perfect commitment to safety, and that is our goal.” In this case, if they are genuinely committed, then where are the MOB systems? The very best thing that could happen to Mr. Goldstein at that time was to seat next to Mr. Cahill. RCCL could have given smart and reasonable answers rather than looking dumb and funny.
As usual, Dr. Klein was filled with facts. He utilized numbers and accurate statistics to make a well-spoken argument. If he questions something, he’d speak up, like when the bill of rights of the passengers was brought into discussion. They said that passengers will get compensations and Dr. Klein said that there were no definitions or breakdowns of what those were, and it was his apprehension that the compensation was created as onboard credits which he did not see as a genuine compensation. When statistics were given by others rather than trying to opine he merely said that he required to discern how and where the numbers came from before making such comments on them.
The senate hearing essentially ended with a declaration of conceit by Mark Begich, an Alaskan Senator. In his point of view, it all seems a waste of time and should be discharged until the ferry system is secured. This is certainly a complete punch line.
Altogether, the hearing was a conclusive one. The virtues and privileges of the passengers were deliberated, the past occurrences were talked about and a whole heap of light was glimmering on the delinquents of the industry. Next step is for the IVC to go to D.C. and do some deliberating on their own.