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by Lisa A. Grimaldi | February 15, 2012

 The Cruise Lines International Association, the European Cruise Council and the Passenger Shipping Association have announced a new mandatory muster policy requiring emergency drills for passengers to take place prior to departure from port. The new policy follows the industry's safety review after the Costa Concordia tragedy. The practice has been voluntarily adopted by the associations' members and is effective immediately. The new mandate exceeds existing legal requirements, which currently require drills to take place within 24 hours of passenger embarkation.