Cruise ship safety - where did the Costa Concordia get it wrong?

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Keen readers of the news and updates relating to the Costa Concordia tragedy may also remember that under existing marine law, a safety and evacuation drill must be held within 24 hours of setting sail. This is why passengers who boarded the ill-fated Concordia had not practised drill before the ship hit rocks and capsized off the island of Giglio in Italy some 10 days ago.

This safety development clearly makes sense in light of the situation relating to the Costa Concordia. It is, however, unlikely that any change in the marine laws be enacted until some time after the tragedy and when it is clear which conclusions can be drawn from the investigations which will take place.

Further news in relation to the capsizing would also suggest that there were possibly unregistered passengers and crew on board the ship. The family of a Hungarian woman said to be working on the ship are insisting she called from the Concordia and stated she was working on board. Sadly, the family have not heard from the woman since the incident.

Lauren Haas 
Solicitor - Claims Abroad team 

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