Humans, not vessels, are threats to safety

Victoria Times Colonist
It was the captain who caused the Costa Concordia to slice its belly on a reef, not the ship itself. According to Capt. Jamie Marshall, no such masters are found on the bridges of B.C. Ferries vessels. We presume that none are in control of the ever-bigger pleasure palaces docking in record numbers here this year. The problem of human error or malfeasance worsens when agencies charged with the safety of all mariners fail for some reason.

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Concerns linger about cruise line safety

The Seattle Times
( ImagineThat) MORE As Carnival Corp. announced plans to salvage the Costa Concordia last week, the world’s attention focused again on cruise safety — or rather, lack of it. The Concordia struck a reef off the coast of Italy in January and partially sank, claiming the lives of 32 people. Carnival will refloat the hull in a $300 million salvage operation said to be the largest in history.

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But he is not the right man for the job!

Times of Malta
Welcome Aboard was shot on the Costa Atlantica, which was captained by Francesco Schettino at the time. The Costa Concordia’s captain was exemplary as a consultant for a French comedy film shot before the cruise ship’s disaster in January. Francesco Schettino is one of nine people under investigation for the tragedy which claimed 32 lives out of the 4,229 passengers and crew on board.

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Costa Concordia documentary?

Looks like some journalists over in the Netherlands are going to make a documentary on how they are raising the Costa Concordia. Should be interesting to read. Ever since the Costa Concordia sunk off the Tuscan Coast this past January, residents of the island of Giglio and around the world have been wondering when the salvage operation would begin. Costa Cruises announced they’ll be teaming up with salvage companies Titan/Micoperi to float and remove the ship that sits only 30’ off the island.
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Passenger Ship Safety Recommendations Agreed by IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee

The Maritime Executive
Recommended interim measures aimed at enhancing the safety of passenger ships, in the wake of theCosta Concordia incident in January, were agreed by IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee (MSC), when it met at the Organization’s London Headquarters for its 90th session from 16 to 25 May 2012.

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What Went Wrong on the Costa Concordia

The sight of behemoth pleasure vessel Costa Concordia sideways in the sea became an indelible image around the world. Here’s the full story of how this entirely avoidable vacation-turned-nightmare unfolded.

Antonello Tievoli, headwaiter on the Costa Concordia, stepped onto the bridge of the cruise ship at 9:15 pm on Friday, Jan. 13, of this year. From the wide windows, Tievoli could see the glittering lights of his home, Giglio Island, drawing closer. Capt. Francesco Schettino knew that Tievoli’s sister lived on Giglio, and invited him to the bridge as they cruised past. With its 13 brightly lit decks, the ship was more brilliant than anything on the island. The 4200 people onboard outnumbered the island’s residents four to one.
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How to Stay Safe on a Cruise Ship Follow the rules and use common sense

AARP News
When the Costa Concordia ocean liner hit rocks and began sinking off Italy in January, killing 32, many travelers began questioning cruise ship safety, especially the competence of ship captains and crew. But deaths and injuries on cruise ships are extremely rare. More than 16 million people safely cruised the world’s waterways last year, according to Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), the North American industry’s main marketing group. Still, CLIA has joined global cruise organizations in embracing changes to cruise ship safety. 

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Parallel Universes: Refloating the Costa Concordia

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The parallels to the Eurozone are downright spooky. Let’s hope both projects are a success. 

Salvage crews will employ huge cranes and air tanks to refloat the half-submerged Costa Concordia cruise liner in the largest ever operation of its kind, according to a plan unveiled on Friday…
Representatives of Titan Salvage of the United States and Italian firm Micoperi, who have been chosen to handle the removal, told a news conference they were confident the plans would succeed even though they have never been tested on a ship this size.

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Pompano firm to begin Concordia salvage within days

Sun-Sentinel
By Arlene Satchell, Sun Sentinel Work to recover the stranded  Costa Concordia cruise ship is set to begin in days, a little more than four months after it capsized off the coast of Italy, killing 32, the ship’s operators announced Friday. Leading the project will be Pompano Beach-based Titan Salvage, who along with Italian partner Micoperi, was awarded the contract last month to refloat and remove the crippled 114,500-ton ship

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Costa Concordia move could take a year

UPI.com
POMPANO BEACH, Fla., May 19 (UPI) — It will take crews up to a year to remove the Costa Concordiacruise ship from the Tuscan coast of Italy, officials said. Titan Salvage of Pompano Beach, Fla., is working with its Italian partner, Micoperi, on removing the ship, which ran aground off the island of Giglio, killing 32 passengers and crew. 

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