Safety comes First
It is crew’s duty to systematically evacuate guests and respond emergency correctly. So when crew member start to working onboard a cruise ship, they will start with a safety meeting.
- Abandon Ship & Survival Techniques
- Fire prevention & Fire Fighting
- Vessel Emission Control Procedures
- Security Awareness Training
- Casualty Management
- Oil Spill Containment
It is imperative that the crew know their duties in case of an emergency and where they need to assemble in case the Captain gives the order to abandon ship. Through training, the crew will learn their own safety number, codes which are used for different situations, assigned duties for each of those, the location of life boats and life rafts, how to launch them and etc. Different cruise ships have different Safety features with which the crew will need to be familiar with. For example, the crew will learn how to operate a watertight door, a fire screen door, and what to do if they see someone fall overboard. When the crew discovers a fire onboard, they will know how to find correct kind of fire-extinguishers to be used. To learn all critical knowledge above requires the crew to participate trainnings onboard.
Besides this basic safety training, most crew members require a course and certificate in Basic Firefighting, Survival at Sea and Basic First Aid (often referred to as STCW). Some cruise lines have the possibility to do this training onboard, others will advise the candidates to take those courses in their home country before joining the ship.
To efficiently manage crowd, the relevant trainings are conducted onboard. For example, managers often need a Crowd and Crisis management course.
To make sure all crew members familiarize emergency procedure, it is compulsory to participate it in weekly basis. Yes, it is “Compulsory Crew Drill”. Each crew member is requested to participate unless the crew got permission from captain directly. Beside of the Crew Drill, the passenger drill is necessary to participate, too. This drill will be held during embarkation day of each voyage.
As you can see, there is a lot more to learn, than just doing your job and to find your way around the ship. Even though the safety training is often seen as an unpopular task, which just needs to be done, please keep in mind that all this training is for your safety. This training will give you a chance to save your life and that of others, in case of an emergency.