For example, the Titanic tragedy resulted in the creation of the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea. First created in 1914, this maritime treaty includes a requirement for ships to convey the requisite number of lifeboats needed to transport their passengers and crew. Compulsory lifeboat drills and inspections were also recommended in the wake of the Titanic disaster.
In addition, further legislation obliges all boats carrying passengers to maintain 24-hour radio communications. Vessels must now also stay in contact with the other ships around them as well as with posts on land. And it was agreed, too, that a red rocket flare from a boat should be interpreted as a request for assistance from nearby craft.