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    I'm not 100% sure but I think that even the foreign flagged cruise ships have to adhere to current SOLAS regs. That's why such great ships as the QE2, Norway (had she not exploded) and Regal Empress have all left the market. They don't meet current SOLAS standards of the post 2010 seasons. Even with a foreign flag the DQ would still need the waiver from SOLAS regulations regarding her construction. SOLAS is an international standard, the U.S. just adopted it/participates in it as do many modern world countries.


      True, but the legislation did not have to include the inland waterways. That is the one flaw in the legislation that, up to now, Congress realized and granted the exemption.
      BTW, MQ would have to be updated to the new standards, or exempted.
      David D.


        Not on topic, except that the recent rash of Airline FEES for checked luggage, pillows/blankets, food, etc has now reached the ears of James Oberstar. Recent article in newspaper has him rattling sabres about these, sometimes, "surprises" at the check in line at the airport.


          SOLAS won't be relevant for the DQ, even if she were non-US flagged. The point is: The DQ is effected by the Safety at Sea Act (national US law) only which - for convenience - has adopted the SOLAS 1960 (incl. a fire security amendment from 1966) regulations, meaning this bill just refers to the SOLAS 1960/66 regulations to avoid copying these regulations word by word into the bill.

          SOLAS is an international treaty effecting only international ocean vessel traffic ("... apply only to ships engaged on international voyages"). There had been several newer versions of SOLAS since 1966, the most recent being SOLAS 2010 which has such strict rules that ships like the Queen Elisabeth 2 and the Norway can't make it without huge investments, hence their owners decided to retire them instead of rebuild major parts of the ships to make them compliant to SOLAS 2010.

          Still, of course, the DQ is in need of an exemption from the (national) Safety at Sea Act, whether US or foreign flagged.


            If it is under a foreign flag, why would it need to comply with a US law? You see how repealing the Jones Act would open up a whole new can of worms. As far as I know, there is no precedent to this scenario unless you go back to the pre-Jones Act days, which would be history and probably not relevant to today's situation. Don't foreign ships calling at US ports abide by SOLAS and not the US Safety at Sea Act. But if a foreign vessel is engaged in domestic operation, as opposed to international, what then? Are the cruise vessels operating on rivers in Europe, not going to sea, but maybe going through different countries, abiding by the laws of the country they are in, or the laws of their flag of registry, or SOLAS?