Originally Posted by nigel1
Sad and tragic event.
Could be that events
just overwhelmed the Capt and crew, sounds like it went from bad to worse in a very short period of time.
The Capt repeatedly told VTS that people could not move about the ship due to the list.
With that list, use of rafts would have been difficult, and lifeboats just about impossible.
I can see his concern for getting the passangers topsides, he may have been concerned they would have gone into the water and been swept away, and least we forget, none of us were there.
Perhaps his concern would have been better placed in actually being in the pilothouse instead of his cabin
and not having a novice
handling it through difficult waters and conditions?
I do think the captain
did a poor job but I really hope this goes back heavily on the ferry
owner and perhaps even to criminal charges there if the facts warrant it. I still think Carnival (owner of Costa) escaped too lightly on the Concordia. Not suggesting should have been criminal there but should have been major repercussions such as I feel should be on the boats with illnesses spread, failing systems and sewage and them choosing to leave the passengers on board for days rather than the nearest port to save money
. Same thing with Bounty. Yes, Captain was at fault, but owner was also-very much so.
Don't know the facts by any means yet but issues could include the refit
of the boat, the loading and securing of the cargo, amount of cargo and cars, training
and credentials of crew, and proceeding in poor conditions. Captains are responsible for what takes place on their boat. But so are owners. And one rule
remains tops and that is safety
of those aboard. Human life above all else. Above boat. Above Cargo. And that order comes from the top as well.
I still can't read about this without shaking. The tragedy of the kids lost