A story in the New York Times yesterday raised disturbing questions about whether cruise ships have gotten too big to be safe.
Although incidents aboard the Costa Concordia, the Carnival Triumph and the Grandeur of the Seas have not resulted in any casualties, they do beg the question of whether megaships can handle emergencies at sea.
The biggest ship on the water, Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas, for example, holds 8,600 passengers and crew, as many people as a small town.
“Given the size of today’s ships, any problem immediately becomes a very big problem,” the Times quotes Michael Bruno, dean of the engineering school at the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J., and former chairman of the National Research Council’s Marine Board, as saying. “I sometimes worry about the options that are available.”