On and off yesterday, I would turn on the news to catch up with the Costa Concordia disaster. The BBC Coverage is excellent. There are discussions going on all over the web about the capsizing, and good coverage is everywhere. The Sun also has very good coverage with a raw bit of footage from a passenger. Both Ship Parade and Maritime Matters has updated news of the sinking. Most importantly, Shipspotting has several discussion boards with up-to-the-minute news and conjuncture as has Yahoo's Liners List.
How could it have happened in this day with all our modern electronics, many ask? Others say, as the ships have grown larger, the focus is on passenger comfort and entertainment instead of safety. “Will this be the end of cruising,” writes someone on Google?
Other sinkings have aroused a similar uproar. When the Andrea Doria sank in 1956, the public as well as naval architects began a discussion that has never quieted. Of course the sinking of the Lusitania and the Titanic are still with us, and books continue being written about these two ships. Within the ship focused community, folks are still talking about the 2007 sinking of the Sea Diamond in a remarkably similar situation in Greece. The badly handled disembarkation parallels that of the Oceanos sinking in 1991 where the entertainment staff coordinated the rescue efforts not the crew.
As I begin to consider cruising again, I’m fascinated by the safety aspects of this capsize. Were the crew so busy watching their electronics that no one looked outside the window?
Lately we have seen “We bought a Zoo”, eh…..we’ve seen the new Sherlock Holmes, yes, yes, yes… this is a see it again, and yesterday we saw “War Horse.” What a beautifully filmed masterpiece. I don’t know if I can bear to see it again despite its magnificence. What I do know is that during the load before the last one, there was a small leak behind the washing machine. After the last load, there was a bigger leak. So, before the first load today, we need to get it fixed. Hopefully it’s a simple fix.