Nobody could have missed the news that Capt. Schettino has finally been sentenced and sent to jail for 16 year, (out in less than 5 with good behaviour)
Nor could you have missed that a VLOC just broke up and sunk in the South Atlantic, very much reminiscent to the Berge Istra, Berge Vanga and Derbyshire incidents in the 1970’s.
How can this happen in our day and age, with safety rules and routines up the ying yang, much better equipment and presumably better vessels?
The reason may be that the people who man them and run them from shore hasn’t improved quite with it. Rules, regulations and routines only work if the are applied and adhered to by all and sundry involved, which they are not always: http://splash247.com/unsafe-draft-part-one/
Another fairly recent accident, involving an overaged vessels getting into the eye of a hurricane, capsizing and sinking with all hands, alo come to mind.