BALI, Indonesia – INTERPOL’s General Assembly has endorsed the expansion of its I-Checkit programme to the maritime industry as part of efforts to enhance border security and passenger screening.
Its 190 member countries approved a resolution on rolling out the I-Checkit passenger screening system to the maritime sector via its first partner in this industry, Carnival Corporation, following a three-month (August – October) pilot phase on four of its Princess Cruises ships.
The trial included 34,000 passenger travel documents which were successfully checked against INTERPOL’s Stolen and Lost Travel Documents (SLTD) database to demonstrate the system’s ability to further strengthen security for the global cruise industry.
Carnival Corporation will now integrate I-Checkit into its global passenger check-in process, enabling the secure screening of travel documents against the SLTD database which contains more than 69 million records from 175 countries.
The expanded partnership agreement will look to undertake a phased rollout of the I-Checkit system across Carnival Corporation’s 10 cruise lines in North America, Europe, Australia and Asia.
“One of our top priorities at Carnival Corporation is the safety and security of our guests, our crews and our ships,” said Bill Burke, Chief Maritime Officer for Carnival Corporation.
“As the world’s largest cruise company carrying hundreds of thousands of passengers daily, having a highly effective and efficient security screening process is a crucial part of how we serve our guests every day.
“Partnering with INTERPOL enables us to seamlessly enhance security across our global fleet. This is another important step for our company and industry as we continue taking proactive measures to enhance the safety and security of our passengers and crew members,” added Mr Burke.
Michael O’Connell, Director of INTERPOL’s Operational Support and Analysis Directorate and Head of the I-Checkit programme said: “With its real-time secure global alert system, criminal intelligence potential and compliance framework, I-Checkit provides an invaluable preventative and investigative capability for global policing.”
“I-Checkit’s initiative with Carnival Corporation offers an additional layer of safety in the travel sector by creating an international standard for security screening,” added Mr O’Connell.
The I-Checkit system is in full compliance with INTERPOL’s Rules on the Processing of Data. Since 2015, it has been fully operational with AirAsia in the airline sector.