The cruise ship safety procedures regarding evacuation of the Costa Concordia have come into question following reports that evacuation was delayed, and that the crew appeared ill prepared for the evacuation. Passengers reported chaos and confusion. They reported receiving conflicting instructions. Some passengers said crewmembers were not around to assist them. Reports indicate that the captain left the ship before all the passengers were evacuated. A tape recording of the captain has been released reflecting a conversation between the port authority and the captain where the captain was being yelled at for evacuating the ship prior to the evacuation of all of the passengers and crewmembers. The recording is extremely disturbing as the captain appears to have “abandoned” ship. The recordings reflect the port authority individual telling the captain to get back on the ship and assess the situation and determine how many people are still onboard his ship. It was unbelievable that the captain left before everyone else.
I appeared on the CBS Evening News and CBS This Morning to answer questions regarding the Costa Concordia disaster.
The media, as well as authorities, are focusing in on the safety aspects of cruising on the modern day mega size cruise ships. The Costa Concordia had over 4,000 crewmembers and passengers onboard. There are larger cruise ships which have more than 8,000 passengers and crewmembers onboard. Questions are arising whether all of these passengers and crewmembers can be safely evacuated in the case of an emergency. The Costa Concordia shows us that chaos and confusion is a likely occurrence when trying to evacuate so many passengers and crewmembers, especially with the multi cultural nature of the passengers and crewmembers aboard the cruise ships.
We continue to act as safety advocates for those injured or harmed at sea.