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Costa Concordia


Al94

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Costa Concordia is the largest passenger ship to be lost in service since RMS Titanic 100 years ago

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Al94

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They do but this was a catastrophic perforation

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Forum Editor

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"If they have orange/black boxes on board ships these days then that should also tell the truth about what happened."

They do, and this ship's box was removed on Saturday.

"Don't modern ships have double hulls?" This one certainly does, which is a good thing - there are over 2000 tons of oil in the tanks.

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sunnystaines

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a big bill mounting for an insurance company [wonder if its a uk one lloyds], unless they wiggle out of it due to the captain sailing past the wrong side of the island and too close to the shore.

looked at costa cruises for a holiday once but had poor reviews.

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morddwyd

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"looked at costa cruises for a holiday once but had poor reviews."

Doubt they'll improve much now!

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Quickbeam

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Witness reports say that the captain left almost straight away with the contents of the ships safe. They also they say that officers were conspicuous by their absence during the capsize. Even with everything tipping up, I would expect the ships officers to do better.

Duty and priority would seem a bit muddled if that's all true.

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carver

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Looks as if it was human error on the part of the Captain http://news.sky.com/skynews/Article/201201116149739

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wiz-king

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Again? Costa making a habit of hitting things.

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carver

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Things seem to be getting worse for the Captain after "black box" recordings showed the ship's captain ignored an order to get back on board.

I don't know about any of you folks but if I was in charge of some thing that big the last place I would want to be is near an island.

These ships have got so big and top heavy it's no wonder it keeled over in such a short time, now I know why I do not like the thought of going on a cruise.

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Al94

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These ships are not "top heavy"

This article is worth a read re cruise ship stability.

http://tinyurl.com/6lhv4ne

There are obviously many unanswered questions but ship design can never allow for the scenario of a ship being where it shouldn't be and run into rocks at 15 knots.

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Woolwell

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The metacentric height is the important stability calculation. The influx of water after the accident could have caused loll which combined with the top weight would have made the ship unstable. But this is conjecture. Possibly too much reliance on modern aids compared to good old-fashioned charts and vision.

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