Cruise ships could be unwittingly transporting jihadist fighters to the Middle East, Interpol has warned. The international crime prevention organisation said fighters may turning to the seas to reach conflict zones as security on airlines continues to tighten. Interpol warned checks on cruise passengers should be tightened, with ports in Turkey singled out as a cause for particular concern.
Friends of the Earth has released the 2012 edition of its Cruise Ship Report Card, documenting the environmental footprint of the cruise industry and its many ships - 15 cruise lines and the 148 ships operated by the lines were graded. The report card, last released in 2010, shows what the charity brands “a continued lack of effort” on behalf of many cruise lines to pursue ways to reduce their air and water pollution impact on the places passengers take cruises to see and the communities that host cruise ships.
The Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships was adopted in May 2009. It aims to ensure that ships, when being recycled after reaching the end of their operational lives, do not pose any unnecessary risk to human health and safety or to the environment.
At least three cruise ship companies, including Royal Caribbean and Disney, have cancelled excursions to certain parts of Nassau following a series of armed attacks on tourists that has raised safety concerns about the Bahamas.
An overnight ferry packed with sleeping passengers capsized in heavy seas near the Pacific island of Tonga, leaving more than 30 people missing and two confirmed deaths. Rescuers plucked more than 50 survivors from the water, but hopes were fading for the remainder after almost a full day of searching.