Master and Commander? NOT!!

Posted: January 14, 2012 in Uncategorized
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Greetings, All! I’ve been radio silent for a while…mostly the holidays, and my mother-in-law took a bad spill just before Thanksgiving, so I took a break. But two stories caught my eye today–one international in scope; the other very local (we call it “hyperlocal,” these days)–and sparked enough outrage for me to comment, so here’s rant #1:

All the big news services–CNN, MSNBC, Fox and many others have joined in now, to unpack the chilling events surrounding the horrific accident of the Costa Concordia, over in Italy. As someone who spent about a decade in the cruise industry, and several others in business adjacent to it, I can’t begin to express my extreme anger at this event! As I posted on Facebook today, with all the advances in technology and improvements in navigation, this is an accident that NEVER SHOULD HAVE HAPPENED!! CNN has one of the better “slideshows” that follow the progression of the event and can be seen here: According to several of the stories, the ship struck a “rocky sandbar” and this collision apparently tore a gash into the hull about 90 meters long. That big of a hole would probably sink one of our largest aircraft carriers!! What’s worse, the challenges of sailing in these waters were well known, but good seamanship, sadly, wasn’t present this day.

Here’s where the story takes an even more dark turn: Apparently the captain of the vessel was apprehended and arrested for–allegedly–manslaughter and abandoning ship. Several of my friends in the industry are commenting on this as well, and expressing similar outrage over both the captain’s conduct through this and the incident, in general. In the 21st century, with cruise ships routinely traveling with upwards of 3,000 guests, navigation and safety couldn’t be more important, because if it isn’t, you’ve got yourself one helluva mess! Just ask the CEO of Costa.

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