Costa Concordia Saga Continues. Captain Blames Company For Maneuver - Page 3
"They insisted. They said: 'We do tourist navigation, we have to be seen, get publicity and greet the island'. It was planned, we were supposed to have done it a week earlier but it was not possible because of bad weather," the captain said according to the Corriere della Sera daily.
Clearly the blame game has begun. The captain also called into question that the black box had been broken for two weeks, but when he had informed the company they disregarded his request for repair and approved that it was OK.. On the other hand, he did admit to not raising the alarm with the coastguard promptly and delaying the evacuation order, which Costa Cruises has jumped on saying the captain lied to the company and his own crew about the extent of the emergency. Physical evidence in the form of tapes record that this is so.
It remains to be seen how the blame shift will continue. Regardless, reports are that the financial loss will be between US $500 million and $1 billion, not taking into account the fuel on the ship which if leakage begins could result in a substantial pollution liability claim. The ship is insured for $513 million.
“Cruising is a safer way to travel than air," said James Rollo, a leisure-industry analyst at Morgan Stanley. The public which has a short memory will return to their buffets and sumptuous dinners on the cruise lines if the prices are low enough. And one more detail, if they consider that lightening rarely strikes the same place twice.