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FAQs - Safety

Alarm Bell/Ship's Whistle

The alarm bell is sounded inside the ship to alert the crew inside the ship. The ship's whistle is sounded as a warning beyond the cabin area.

Alarm Meanings

There are many different alarms that are sounded on a ship. Here are a few examples of alarms you may hear during an event or a drill:

  • Fire - a long blast of the alarm bell and the ship's whistle followed by a short blast or blasts to indicate the location of the fire.
  • Rescue - three (3) long, short, long, short, long, short blasts of the alarm bell and the ship's whistle.
  • Abandon Ship - seven (7) short and one (1) long blast on the alarm bell and ship's whistle. In our case, this is generally used to alert pleasure boats that they are in the ferry traffic lanes.

When the event or drill is over, you will hear three (3) short blasts of the alarm bell and the ship's whistle.