The Emeraude Classic Cruises has recently installed a finger print clock system on it's Halong Bay tour boats to ensure that that its crew make appointed safety checks throughout the night.
In February of this year, a tourist boat sank in Halong bay, drowning 12 passengers.
According to a press release from Emeraude, every hour, the Emeraude crew member on watch will leave his fingerprint on screen systems installed in the wheelhouse, in the engine room, the crew quarters and the restaurant. This system identifies the crew member, and the time of his visit.
"This system adds a whole new level of security to a cruise on Halong Bay. The system is not required by regulations or the recent decree, but we're doing everything possible to ensure the safety of our passengers," said Captain Jacques Le Fur, who has steered the Emeraude among the karsts of Halong Bay for more than five years.