Im glad to hear Captain Schettino received support from GCaptain.
Have you heard of Captain van Wijnen and the Captains Association Federation ?
I attended a talk given by him here in Cork. He advocates for the association and its assistance given to CSchettino
and other shipmasters who find themselves in similar difficulty.
I rest my case, the article appears to have been was taken from a newspaper in Rome and written by a Crispin Balmer.
“Schettino’s defense team contended that he prevented an even worse disaster
by steering the ship close to the island as it sank”.
I think we all know, the Captain did not steer the vessel ANYWHERE after the contact with rocks,
the vessel was dead ship, except for a small emergency genset which also failed at times.
“The massive, rusting hulk of the Costa Concordia was left abandoned on its side for two-and-a-half years.....”
The wreck could never have been described as “abandoned” ....
I apologise for criticizing, as it was my (obviously mistaken) belief that the copy in GCaptain was all written by marine professionals,
for marine professionals.
Perhaps this is naive on my part.
I certainly enjoy reading many of the stories featured, and I commend you and your team for an excellent website.
Captain Anders Bjorkman sounds like a colourful character, but he is right.
Those large cruise ships are a disaster waiting to happen.
They are too big to build safely and accurately (every single bulkhead opening sealed closed ??? really)
Too big to Survey accurately,
Too big to verify SOLAS, SMS, etc,
Too big and complicated to run and manage accurately and efficiently
(is “just about getting by” an adequate or acceptable standard ???)
They are certainly too big to rescue,
So presumably we just wait for the day ??