Titanic to Costa Concordia, has safety at sea improved?

When the Titanic struck an iceberg and sunk on April 15, 1912, it set into motion a chain of events that would forever change the shipping industry through the introduction of new rules and regulations intended to prevent such a disaster from ever happening again. But 100 years after Titanic slipped beneath the surface of the Atlantic Ocean, claiming the lives of more than 1,500 people, many of the risks remain very much the same.
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100 Years After Titanic, Safety Still a Concern

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The Costa disaster raised questions about whether safety is still an issue for top-of-the-range, floating leisure palaces. In the 10 years prior to the Costa Concordia accident only 28 people had died in ship incidents, 22 were crewmembers. The Titanic was the pride of the industry when it went down off the coast of Canada on its maiden voyage a hundred years ago with the loss of 1,514 lives, a giant of a ship.

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Royal Caribbean chief says big ships are safe

The chief executive of Royal Caribbean Cruises has defended the use of big ships, claiming that they are safer and more popular with holidaymakers than the smaller older vessels. Richard Fain, whose company sails the world’s biggest cruise liners, said evacuation was faster from large ships in emergencies such as the recent capsizing of the Costa Concordia because of the greater number of entrances and exits built in.

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Europeans still think cruises are safe despite Costa Concordia tragedy: poll

The Costa Concordia cruise ship lies on January 15, 2012 in the harbour of the Tuscan island of Giglio after it ran aground and keeled over after hitting underwater rocks on January 13. ROME – Most Europeans still think cruises are safe despite the Costa Concordia shipwreck tragedy on January 13 that claimed 32 lives, according to a poll by cruise ship operator MSC published on Tuesday. The poll by the Interactive Institute of 2,524 people in France, Germany, Italy and Spain from February 3 to 14 found that 78.5 percent of respondents considered cruises a safe way to travel.

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Mandatory cruise muster

Maritime Journal
In the wake of the Costa Concordia incident, the global cruise industry has announced a new emergency drill policy requiring mandatory muster for embarking passengers prior to departure from port. The new policy follows the industry’s announcement on January 27 of a Cruise Industry Operational Safety Review in response to the Concordia incident and as part of the industry’s continuous efforts to review and improve safety measures.

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Maritime Disaster Conference in NYC Hones Coordination

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By Yi Yang NEW YORK—Two months after the Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia sunk on January 13, the Richmond University Medical Center (RUMC) hosted the “Maritime Disaster in NYC” trauma symposium. Attendees focused on learning techniques and how to coordinate in the event of a similar disaster in the future at the New York Harbor. Hospital staff from the around the city gathered in the medical’s center’s Sipp Conference Center to attend the lectures intended to provide the audience with the most current data and techniques

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