Cruise industry expands safety rules in wake of Costa Concordia …

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Two of the largest cruise ship industry organizations announce new safety policies aimed at helping during an emergency at sea. Under two new rules, a record of the nationality of all passengers aboard vessels will be kept on land and made readily available to search-and-rescue teams in an emergency, and passengers will be given a specific set of safety instructions during “musters,” or safety drills.

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U.S. firm sues Carnival over ‘flawed design’ of cruise ship
The Eaves law firm said it was suing for punitive damages in California over the design of the doomed luxury Costa Concordia and hoped that a win would see all similarly designed cruise ships declared unseaworthy. “We filed a claim for punitive damages against Carnival and the architects who designed the Concordia, for purposefully ignoring safety to maximise profit,” lawyer John Arthur Eaves told a Rome press conference.

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Arison sees start of “resurgence in consumer demand” for Costa

Marine Log
JUNE 22, 2012 – Carnival Corporation & plc revenues continue to be impacted by the Costa Concordia tragedy, but this is being partly offset by improved yields from the cruise giant’s North American brands and now Carnival Chairman and CEO Micky Arison sees a “resurgence in consumer demand for Costa.”

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90 Still Missing After Boat Capsizes off Indonesia

An international search effort was under way on Friday to locate possible survivors from a fishing vessel carrying some 200 people believed to be seeking asylum in Australia after the boat capsized in rough seas south of the main Indonesian island of Java. Ships and aircraft found more bodies but no survivors Friday while searching for scores of men still missing after a boat carrying about 200

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Italian Sunseekers Look On as Salvage Team Starts Year Long Operation

Sunseekers on Italy’s Isola del Giglio look on as salvage crews begin the mammoth task of refloating the Costa Concordia – almost half a year after the stricken vessel capsized off the Tuscan coast. Engineers yesterday moved a salvage rig – the Titan-Micoperi – into place next to the luxury cruise liner, which capsized in January, when it struck an 80-ton rock that lay within a submerged reef.
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