Cruise boat slams into two other vessels during fireworks on Saturday

The Province
It wasn’t the Costa Concordia, nor was captain Francesco Schettino at the helm — but as Italy lit up the night sky Saturday in English Bay, a cruise boat with 250 people on board crashed into two smaller vessels during the fireworks celebration in English Bay, Vancouver. On Sunday the Vancouver police Marine Squad gained entry to the cruise boat after they were called in to investigate the collision.
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The truth about disasters at sea – more Costa Concordia than Titanic

Irish Independent
FORGET notions of women and children first – the vast majority of maritime disasters are more Costa Concordia than Titanic, research has shown. A study of 18 tragedies at sea has revealed that when ships sink, crew members are more likely to survive than passengers, and men fare better than women.On average, only half as many women as men survived the incidents, which spanned three centuries between 1852 and 2011. And children were the least likely to survive of all.
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Covering a cruise ship disaster

CNN
I first saw the Costa Concordia glinting in the winter sun from 20,000 feet as my flight from London made a slow descent on its way to Rome’s Fiumicino airport. It seemed a distant blade of light lying next to a speck of an island. A surge of gasps and chatter reverberated around the cabin as Italian passengers craned their necks to see it. As I later approached the island on a ferry, the ship again came into view almost as soon as the ferry left the mainland.
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Cruise ships calling to Irish ports face tighter inspections

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CRUISE VESSELS calling to Irish ports will be subject to “tighter” inspections as a result of the Costa Concordia sinking off Italy last January, according to the State’s Marine Survey Office. Checks on safety and crew handling of “abandon ship” drills and fire-fighting will be stepped up, the office, under the Department of Transport. Marine surveyors will also conduct “detailed, additional” checks on whether or not crews are trained and familiar with their vessels.

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Cruise industry expands safety rules in wake of Costa Concordia accident

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WASHINGTON (CNN) — Still reeling from the Costa Concordia accident in January that left at least 30 passengers dead, two of the largest cruise ship industry organizations have announced new safety policies aimed at helping both passengers and rescuers during an emergency at sea. Under two new rules, 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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Cruise industry expands safety rules in wake of Costa Concordia …

CNN International
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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Carnival chief defends handling of Concordia disaster

Travel Weekly UK
By Ian Taylor | Jun 11, 2012 17:48PM GMT The boss of Carnival Corporation, Micky Arison, has hit back at claims by a crisis management expert that the company handled the sinking of the Costa Concordiaappallingly. MediaHouse executive chairman Jack 

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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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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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Costa Concordia: New Ship And New Rules

Sky News
The Costa Concordia’s owner has brought in new safety measures for its ships, including real-time tracking of routes and limits on its captains’ absolute authority – as its biggest liner was launched. The measures are aimed at ensuring there is no repeat of the tragedy in which 32 people died. Emergency safety training will now be given to passengers before the ships leave port – and a monitoring system will identify anyone who have not attended and encourage them to do so. The new Costa Fascinosa

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