Quantum of the Seas Receives Landmark Safety Award


A year after her launch, Quantum of the Seas is continuing to break records and achieve new standards within the cruise industry. The vessel has become the first cruise ship ever to win the Maritime Safety Award — in recognition of the line’s dedication to on-board safety and security.

Awarded by the Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA), Quantum has received the title in recognition to her ‘significant technological contribution to improving maritime safety.’ The ship’s Safety Command Centre — the new system of detecting incidents — was pivotal in the decision.

The Safety Command Centre is a unique system which breaks down the incident response and reports them to specialist ‘pods’. These integrated pods can then react quickly to the incidents, helping to solve the issue at hand.

Royal Caribbean International launches Quantum of the Seas, the newest ship in the fleet, in November 2014. Circus Training at Seaplex

The Safety Command Centre could become a blueprint for the standard cruise ship safety system in the future, with members of RINA stating it addresses an important requirement. Professors Dracos Vassalos and Tom Allan, who are both RINA fellows and members of Royal Caribbean’s Maritime Safety Advisory Board, were suitably impressed with the new system.

In the Royal Institution of Naval Architects’ 155 year history, this is the first time they have awarded their top safety honour to a commercial cruise ship.

When she launched in November last year, Quantum received a lot of attention for her high-tech features and fun amenities. But whilst additions such as robot bartenders and the 300ft high NorthStar observation pod grabbed the headlines, Royal Caribbean clearly invested as much time and effort into ensuring the safety features were equally high-tech and comprehensive.

The Safety Command Centre has become a standard feature for other ships in the Quantum range, including the Anthem of the Seas and the upcoming Ovation of the Seas.

Images sourced via Royal Caribbean Press Center. Credit: Royal Caribbean.


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