Covering a cruise ship disaster

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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 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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90 people still missing after boat carrying 200 capsizes off Indonesia

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CANBERRA, Australia — Ships and aircraft were searching Friday for scores of men missing  fishing boatcarrying about 200 suspected asylum seekers bound for Australia capsized  in heavy seas south of Indonesia.

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Refloat of Italy’s Concordia wreck to be biggest ever

Reuters
By Catherine Hornby | ROME (Reuters) – Salvage crews will employ huge cranes and air tanks to refloat the half-submerged Costa Concordia cruise liner in the largest ever operation of its kind, according to a plan unveiled on Friday.

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Costa Cruises announces new safety initiatives

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A new real-time route monitoring system, electronic tracking of guest safety training and changes that will allow more crew members to issue orders, are among the initiatives being adopted by the company in the wake of the Costa Concordia disaster.

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Costa Concordia salvage set to begin in May

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By the CNN Wire Staff Removing the wrecked cruise liner Costa Concordia from the coastal waters off an Italian island will begin in May and take about a year.
“Once returned to a floating state, the wreck will be towed to an Italian port,” Costa Cruises said in a news release.

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Royal Caribbean chief says big ships are safe

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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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