The Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) today announced it has appointed a panel of maritime and safety experts to provide an impartial assessment of the recommendations developed by the industry operational safety review, launched in January. The panel will evaluate suggested policy improvements as part of continuous efforts to review and improve safety measures by developing comprehensive best practices for industry-wide implementation and ultimately, formal submission to the International Maritime Organization, as appropriate.

The panel members are: Mark Rosenker, former cairman of the United States National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), a retired Major General, United States Air Force Reserve, and former director of the White House Military Office. Stephen Meyer, admiral Royal Navy, retired. Former commander of a number of Royal Navy ships, and former head of the United Kingdom Marine Accident Investigation Branch.  Dr. Jack Spencer, former chief, Office of Marine Safety, United States National Transportation Safety Board. Dr. Spencer has more than 40 years of experience with the U.S. Coast Guard and National Transportation Safety Board. He has also been on U.S. delegations to the IMO for 30 years. And, Willem de Ruiter, former head of the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA). In 2003, de Ruiter was appointed as the first executive director of EMSA and charged with building up the organization, after a distinguished career in the Dutch government and at the European Commission.

Each panel member brings experience in the maritime, regulatory and accident investigations. The panel is balanced geographically with equal representation from the United States and Europe.