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Maritime officers support Rockefeller's cruise industry investigation

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The American Maritime Officers Association has thrown its support behind Sen. Jay Rockefeller's investigation into the U.S. cruise industry.

On Tuesday, Rockefeller sent letters to the heads of the Carnival, Royal Caribbean, and Norwegian cruise lines asking for more information about passenger safety, security and health practices.

Rockefeller has said the cruise industry has lax passenger security and safety and has exploited loopholes to book profits offshore and avoid paying U.S. taxes.

 On Wednesday, the American Maritime Officers Association, the largest U.S. professional merchant marine organization, said Rockefeller's latest round of questions was a "substantial step" in raising awareness about the industry.

The AMO has said the cruise industry has relied more and more on foreign labor to manage and staff cruise ships. They say that has undermined the safety and quality of workers.

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