The Cruise Examiner for 16th January 2012: Costa Concordia: The Loss of a 114,147-ton Cruise Ship – Other Cruise News: The IMO’s New 2010 Passenger Ship Safety Regulations


          by Kevin Griffin

     The Cruise Examiner for 16th January 2012

This image of Costa Concordia is courtesy of Wikipedia

The loss of the Costa Concordia off the Italian island of Giglio on Friday the 13th has kept our media busy over the weekend as more than 4,200 passengers and crew were rescued from a cruise ship that ultimately capsized. Not long after leaving Rome’s port of Civitavecchia, the ship hit underwater rocks and took a 160-foot gash in her port side below the waterline. At last report, there were six dead and fourteen missing in the sinking’s aftermath. Now is thus a good time to have a look at the International Maritime Organization’s new rules for passenger ship safety. These rules apply to newly-built ships, which are meant to be designed with the capability of returning to port or making the nearest port in the event of a major casualty, fire or loss of power, so that evacuation would not be necessary. These new rules have been brought about because of the large number of ships that, like the Costa Concordia, have been built in recent years to carry between 4,000 and 7,000 souls. Unlike the Costa Concordia, therefore, newly-built cruise ships will be designed to become their own lifeboat.

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