In his opening address to the IMO's Maritime Safety Committee's 91st Session Mr. Koji Sekimizu pushes for publication of Costa Concordia accident report. An extract of the Secretary-General's remarks on the Costa Concordia issue follow: "As the loss of the Costa Concordia amply demonstrated, those affected are quick to call for action. The international nature of the passengers and crew – with some 70 nationalities involved in the Costa Concordia incident – highlighted the need for an international response, through IMO, to take the appropriate and necessary action in evaluating, developing, and implementing any provisions that might be recommended and needed, following consideration of the outcome of the casualty investigation and any other relevant information. The Committee supported the establishment of a clear timetable for consideration of the need for improvements or modifications to the current international regulations, based on the outcome of the casualty investigation of the Costa Concordia accident. In this context, the key issue for the credibility of the Organization was the speedy conduct of the casualty investigation by the flag State authority and submission to the Organization of any findings, so that the Committee could take the necessary action as soon as possible.
U.S. Coast Guard is helping Italian authorities investigate the Costa Concordia disaster. Vice Admiral Brian Salerno told a House Committee the USCG is also on guard against safety violations on foreign flagged vessels that use U.S. ports. Salerno said after the Costa Concordia incident, the Coast Guard immediately offered technical expertise and support to the Government of Italy's marine casualty investigation
Costa Crociere announced the name of its new ship, which will join the fleet in May 2007. The ship was named Costa Serena during a ceremony of the laying of the first building block for the ship in the dock at Fincantieri’s Sestri Ponente shipyards in Genoa. This first block, an aft section, measures 55.7 ft. (17 m) long and 72 ft. (22 m) wide, weighing around 500 tons. Like sister ship Costa Concordia, which is currently under construction at Sestri Ponente and is due for delivery in July
This January 14th statement is from Carnival Corporation & plc in Miami, FL. Carnival Corporation & plc is the parent company of Costa Cruises. On January 13, 2012, Costa Cruises' vessel, the Costa Concordia, departed from Civitavecchia, Italy with approximately 3,200 passengers and 1,000 crew members on a seven-day voyage. At approximately 10:00pm CET, the vessel struck rock off the coast of Isola del Giglio
The statement of Micky Arison, chairman and CEO of Carnival Corporation & plc, parent company of Costa Cruises: We are deeply saddened by the reports of additional deaths following the grounding of the Costa Concordia. On behalf of the entire Carnival Corporation & plc team, I offer our heartfelt condolences to all of those families affected by this tragedy. Our immediate priority continues to be supporting rescue and recovery efforts and looking after our
Costa Crociere has set up a technical committee, with representatives from Costa Cruises, Carnival Corporation & plc, Fincantieri, Rina and sector experts, including academics, who will work for the best possible drawing up of the plan, on a joint basis with the competent authorities. As anticipated in a letter sent to Costa Concordia Emergency Commissioner Franco Gabrielli, Costa Cruises has called for tenders 10 companies throughout the world to present a working plan to enterely remove
European Union review of passenger ship safety regulations accelerated The European Commission has invited the passenger ship industry (represented by the European Cruise Council and Interferry) to participate in a review of passenger ship safety regulations. The review is already underway but has been accelerated by the recent Costa Concordia accident. The European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) has completed two studies which analyze shortcomings of the current regulatory
According to the head of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the world’s largest ships are well regulated and safe, Bloomberg news agency reported following an interview. In the wake of the dramatic Costa Concordia casualty nearly three weeks ago off the coast of Italy, continued coverage by mainstream media has again put the maritime industry in a harsh light, with everything under scrutiny: from crew nationality and training procedure; to the Captain’s
The Power Conversion Business of ALSTOM has been awarded a multi-million euro contract by Fincantieri to supply electric propulsion systems for two new cruise ships, one for Carnival Cruises to be built at the Marghera yard and one for Costa Crociere at the Sestri Ponente yard in Genoa. Both ships are to be delivered in the first half of 2007 and are the sister ships of Carnival Liberty and Costa Concordia, currently being built at Fincantieri - with an ALSTOM electric propulsion system -
Dismissed by Costa Cruises following the wrecking of his ship off the Italian coast, Capt. Schettino has sued for wrongful dismissal. Italian Francesco Schettino was not only fired by Costa Cruises but is accused by prosecutors of causing the accident by sailing the luxury cruiser liner too close to shore. The Naples-born captain has always acknowledged making mistakes once it became clear that the 144,400-tonne Costa Concordia was in trouble
IMO's Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) meets at its London Headquarters for its 92nd session from 12 to 21 June 2013. Amongst other matters of moment the meeting will have a focus on passenger ship safety provisions, as set out in a preview of the meeting:
The Italian Ministry of Infrastructure & Transport (MIT) releases its investigation report on the January 13, 2012 stranding of the cruise liner. The report is the result of a thoroughly comprehensive investigation of all aspects of the accident and is available for download here
Five board members of owners, Costa Crociere, have been placed under investigation in connection with the January 2012 cruise ship accident. The executives are reportedly being probed for possible collusion in the crimes of dereliction of duty and manslaughter that the ship's Captain
American Maritime Officers Association (AMO) president follows up on his recent appearance on FOX News Channel. The AMO president says his April 15 live appearance on FOX News Channel's segment, "Remembering Titanic 101 years Ago Today
Insurers, Lloyd's of London, say in a new report that the cost of dealing with shipwrecks is rising as ships grow in size. The report, 'The challenges and implications of removing shipwrecks in the 21st century', warns that the cost of dealing with shipwrecks is spiralling and the increase in
Costa Concordia: An opportunity for advancing human factor awareness? Will the casualty advance desirable critical thinking and cognitive awareness or merely trigger shortfall RRPP? A maritime casualty with everything a novelist could hope for – a huge state-of-the-art modern passenger
Survivors of the Costa Concordia grounding win a huge victory in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida. The District Judge ordered the claims of 104 survivors remanded to the Florida State Court for continued litigation.
The Board of Directors of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) regret Italy has not submitted its findings to IMO. ICS, representing all sectors and trades and over 80% of the world's merchant fleet recently met in London. The issues that ICS members considered included: frustration
The Board of Directors of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) - the principal international trade association for shipowners, representing all sectors and trades and over 80% of the world merchant fleet - met in London today (5 February).
But long-term downward trend continues. • 106 ships lost worldwide in 2012, of which largest was Costa Concordia • Losses centered on South China and SE Asia seas • Industry initiatives address passenger vessels as well as
Carnival Corporation & plc reports fourth quarter and full year earnings 2012. Carnival Corporation & plc Chairman and CEO Micky Arison noted that fourth quarter earnings on a non-GAAP basis were better than anticipated in the company's September guidance
IMO's Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) meets at the Organization's London HQ for its 91st session from 26 to 30 November 2012. The busy agenda includes discussions on passenger ship safety; the adoption of amendments to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS); and
The U.S. Coast Guard, joined by the National Transportation Safety Board, will be part of an Italian-led marine casualty investigation into the January 2012 grounding and partial sinking of the cruise ship Costa Concordia off the coast of Italy.
Costa Crociere issue a statement with their point of view regarding the recent hearings in Grosseto on the loss of the cruise ship. The Costa Concordia owners drew attention to the following points, which are condensed here. The Crisis Unit
Ferguson Group’s accommodation service vessel, 'ASV Pioneer', deployed in the Mediterranean on a six-month contract with salvors Titan-Micoperi. The new contract, with Titan-Micoperi, is for the ASV Pioneer to provide a support role to the salvage operation including provision of