United States Coast Guard Cruise Ship National Center of Expertise

The United States Coast Guard carries out an annual examination of foreign passenger vessels to determine the competency of crew members in firefighting, life-saving, and emergency systems by actually witnessing and reviewing comprehensive fire and boat drills. Periodically the Coast Guard will board vessels to re-evaluate the skills and training of crew and officers. The Coast Guard is involved in almost all aspects of cruise ship oversight from ship design to construction to operation if the ships are flying the flag of the United States or if the ships are operating in US territorial waters.

World Health Organization Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network

The Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network administered by the World Health Organization is a technical program of existing institutions and networks working together to rapidly identify diseases of international importance. It provides an opportunity for people to share information rapidly.

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