The following is the text of a news release from the U.S. Maritime Administration (MarAd):
(WASHINGTON) — The Maritime Administration has begun certifying cruise vessel security and safety training program providers. As part of the voluntary certification, MarAd will review training plans and supporting information for consistency with training standards established under the Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act of 2010, which imposes new security and safety standards on cruise ships. MarAd will issue certifications effective for five years to successful training provider applicants, and will list certified training organizations on its website. Additional information about the process to obtain the new certification can be found by clicking here.