Since the Costa Concordia disaster in early 2012 cruise ship safety has become a major topic in public debate. When one of these gigantic vessels gets into trouble, the number of people who need to be evacuated is equivalent to the population of an entire village. If worse comes to worst, evacuation has to be accomplished at night, in bad weather, and as rapidly as possible.
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The 176-page official report on the Costa Concordia grounding has been released this week by the Italian Maritime authorities.
The report reveals that the former Captain of the Costa Concordia, Captain Francesco Schettino, was in command of the vessel in January 2012 when it hit rocks off the coast of Tuscany, killing 32 people, with a catalogue of errors by the captain documented in the report .
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Captain Coward fled from sinking cruise liner Costa Concordia leaving 300 passengers and crew to their fate.
- Francesco Schettino was at the command of cruise liner in January 2012
- Catalogue of errors by captain documented in official 176-page dossier
- He faces 20 years in prison for his part in the maritime disaster
Three hundred passengers and crew were still on the sinking cruise ship Concordia as its captain made his escape, the official report on the tragedy has revealed. Among other damning revelations in the 176-page dossier is that the coastguard were not alerted to the incident until they were phoned by a passenger’s mother. Half an hour after the collision, Captain Francesco Schettino had yet to put out a distress signal.
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Human error has been blamed for the Costa Concordia disaster, according to an official report into the tragedy. The Italian ministry of infrastructure and transport reportedly concludes that “the human element is the root cause in the Costa Concordia casualty,” both in the first phase, “the unconventional action which caused the contact with the rocks,” and then the general emergency management thereafter.
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