Cruise ship safety – the real and the imaginary

OK, I’ll admit it – they had me here for just a few minutes.  I mean, really:  there has been so much bad publicity for cruise ship safety….this is really just the next step….isn’t it?

Citing Safety Concerns, Somali Pirates Refuse to Board Cruise Ships

alterx.blogspot.com4/5/12

Citing Safety Concerns, Somali Pirates Refuse to Board Cruise Ships. MOGADISHU (The Borowitz Report) April 5, 2012 – In yet another public relations setback for the beleaguered cruise industry, Somali pirates today said

Can the Concordia be saved?

Now, back to reality, considering the ample bad news of this year….this one, actually, I thought for sure was a joke, but it turns out to be true:

Dutch salvage company says it can refloat sunken Costa Concordia

digitaljournal.com3/18/12

The Dutch maritime company that is removing the oil from the sunken Italian cruise ship, the Costa Concordia, says it can refloat the huge ship and has put in a bid to do so. But the operation cannot be done cheaply.

But is cruise ship safety even possible?

This still leaves open the question of whether cruise ship safety really is a possibility in the industry as it currently exists, or not.  Can it ever be achieved, given the profile of the newest, largest ships?  Many people say no!

Are Today’s Cruise Ships Too Big to Be Safe?

cruisefever.net3/19/12

After the Costa Concordia disaster I have heard people asking about the safety of some of the larger cruise ships that exist. And while it might sound like a valid question considering some of the troubles the cruise industry has

Is cruise ship safety just a physics problem?

Now, when giving specifics, cruise ship safety really comes under the microscope when you break it down.  Here’s a discussion of the problem, as explained by my favorite cruise ship lawyer, Jim Walker of CruiseLawNews (who is, by the way, never short of an opinion):

Are Cruise Ships Dangerously Top Heavy? : Cruise Law News

www.cruiselawnews.com3/29/12

Comments (1). Ever since the Costa Concordia disaster, questions have been raised whether modern day cruise ships are being designed more dangerously by increasing their size to pile more and more passengers aboard.

And then the opposing view, which, frankly, makes no sense to me at all:

Costa Concordia disaster. Isn’t this all about physics? | David ..

davidshakespeare.com2/8/12

I do however understand basic physics. As has been explained many times in the media recently, the size of cruise ships has doubled in the last 10 years. The apparently top heavy superstructure is merely an illusion. The low

So, I am sure there is much more to be said on the topic of cruise ship safety, and many experiments and investigations yet to come.   Clearly, the cruise industry cannot change its course quickly, since plans are already on the drawing boards for many years in the future.  Nevertheless, if there is improvement to be made, what time is better than the present to get started?

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