Carnival Corporation announced it will be the first between maritime companies to partner with INTERPOL for advanced security screening across the global operations of the corporation, including its ten brands and fleet of 101 cruise ships that carry nearly 11 million passengers per year, or about half the global cruise market, to over 700 ports around the world.
Carnival Corporation received approval yesterday, November 8, to integrate its global passenger check-in process with INTERPOL’S I-Checkit system, a secure method for screening travel document information against INTERPOL’s Stolen and Lost Travel Documents (SLTD) database, containing over 69 million records from 175 countries.
The approval resulted from a resolution vote held today in Bali, Indonesia, at INTERPOL’S General Assembly, the annual meeting of 190 member countries that comprise the world’s largest international police organization.
The news follows a 3-month I-Checkit pilot program on 4 of Carnival Corporation’s Princess Cruises brand ships. The trial included 34,000 travel documents that were successfully checked against the SLTD database to demonstrate the system’s ability to enhance security for the global cruise industry.
The full results of the pilot program were presented to INTERPOL’s General Assembly today prior to its member countries passing an official resolution that enables Carnival Corporation to expand its I-Checkit deployment among its 10 cruise brands in North America, Europe, Australia and Asia. Its brands include Carnival Cruise Line, Fathom, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Seabourn, AIDA Cruises, Costa Cruises, Cunard Line, P&O Cruises (Australia) and P&O Cruises (UK).
Carnival Corporation and INTERPOL can now work together on an expanded partnership agreement to cover a phased rollout of the I-Checkit system across its brands. By partnering with INTERPOL on a global integration of I-Checkit technology, Carnival Corporation will further strengthen its leading safety and security protocols by creating a single global standard for security screening used throughout its ports of call.
As Carnival Corporation expands I-Checkit globally, the company’s brands will be able to automatically query the SLTD database before and during the boarding process to see if any passenger travel documents have been reported lost or stolen. To ensure privacy and security, no personal data is accessed or transmitted in this process.
Source: Carnival Corporation & plc