One crew member was killed and four others sustained injuries after a lifeboat fell from the world’s biggest cruise ship, the Harmony of the Seas, 225,282gt, of the Royal Caribbean Cruises, of Miami.
The incident occurred during a lifeboat drill at Marseilles on Sept 13. The Harmony of the Seas sailed on her official maiden voyage in May this year.
The day after the accident, the maritime trade union Nautilus International called for “radical new thinking” about the concept of lifeboats and for alternative evacuation systems to be looked at.
Nautilus general secretary Mark Dickinson said: “The dangers associated with lifeboat drills are well known, and there is now extensive evidence to show the scale of fatalities arising from accidents.”