Congress Reviews Costa Accident to Find Procedural Safeguards

U.S. Politics Today
Congress recently held hearings on cruise ship accidents stemming from the Costa Concordia and Conciere events. Learn more about laws protecting passengers. April 26, 2012 /24-7PressRelease/ — The accident prompted Congress to hold hearings to learn more about how the accident occurred and how similar mishaps could be avoided. The hearing became especially compelling after a second event involving a Costa vessel occurred in the Indian Ocean. On February 27, 2012, a fire in the generator room aboard the Costa Conciere left the ship completely disabled and without power. Passengers and crew members languished without water and air conditioning for three days before the Conciere finally reached a Malaysian port.
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Pain of Zeebrugge ferry tragedy lingers with Costa Concordia

The National
A colleague jabbed his finger at a picture of the Costa Concordia cruise ship, surrounded by tugs as it lay helplessly on its side off the Italian coast. “It’s Zeebrugge 25 years on,” he observed quietly. While the death tolls were sharply different, there were similarities between the two scenes a quarter of a century apart. Even the salvage vessels clustered around the Concordia were from the Dutch company Smit – the same company that responded to the car ferry Herald of Free Enterprise, which capsized shortly after setting sail from Zeebrugge, Belgium, for Dover, England, on March 6, 1987.

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