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Cruise ship safety has improved in the year since the Concordia disaster

At the anniversary of the Concordia disaster, Ned Levi examine safety improvements made by the cruise industry to ensure cruise ship passengers and crew will be prepared in case of a serious accident, which will likely prevent panic and keep the calm among passengers and crew which will save lives in case of an accident.
By |January 14th, 2013|Columns|4 Comments|

What we’re reading: Costa Concordia captain says he’s innocent, Thanskgiving down under, world’s largest plane billboard

Costa Concordia captain says he's innocent, Thanskgiving down under, world's largest plane billboard
By |November 23rd, 2012|Today|1 Comment|

Seabourn muster drill procedures set a high bar for cruise line safety

Ned Levi discusses Seabourn's muster drill procedures which require every passenger participate in every muster drill or suffer serious consequences, in comparison to the new Costa Cruises safety initiatives which he found insufficient, and how muster drills, as part of a cruise line's safety plan help prevent injury and loss of life in cruise emergencies.
By |June 4th, 2012|Columns|17 Comments|

Costa’s new cruise ship safety initiative is clearly insufficient

In the wake of the Costa Concordia tragedy, Costa Cruises has announced and implemented 7 safety initiatives. Ned Levi has reviewed the initiative and found some are good new initiatives, some implement industry policy, some are commonsense, some window dressing and one badly misses the mark. Each of the initiatives are discussed.
By |May 14th, 2012|Columns|4 Comments|

What we’re reading: Thieves steal Costa Concordia’s bell, breast-feeding passenger settles lawsuit, new law allows airports to privatize TSA screeners, riding a rocket booster

Thieves steal Costa Concordia's bell beating security measures, breast-feeding passenger settles lawsuit against airlines, new law allows airports to privatize TSA screeners, riding the solid rocket boosters via video

Costa Concordia’s legal woes begin to multiply. U.S. claims filed in Miami

Attorneys representing many of the passengers who were aboard the doomed Costa Concordia Cruise Ship that capsized off the Italian coast in January are filing an Amended Complaint on behalf of thirty-nine individual plaintiffs.
By |February 14th, 2012|Today|4 Comments|

Tips to be prepared in case of a cruise ship emergency

Last week Ned Levi looked at the maritime regulations which are in force for cruise ships and recommended changes, in light of the Costa Concordia tragedy. This week Ned offers safety tips for cruisers, so they are prepared in case an emergency occurs to help them ensure their safety, along with family, and friends traveling with them.
By |January 30th, 2012|Columns|6 Comments|

Costa Concordia sinking leaves other cruise ship passengers alarmed — and out of luck

“I’m 82, and I couldn’t have made it off the ship without help,” she says. Reading about the Concordia crew’s alleged unpreparedness for disaster has made her nervous about her February cruise to the Bahamas on the Carnival Magic. Can she cancel her trip now that she is fearful?

Life safety cruise ship regulation reform is essential

As the death toll mounts, the Costa Concordia tragedy horrifies us more and more, especially since it has become apparent the ship never should have hit the rock which tore a 300 foot hole in its hull, and that more timely and decisive action by the captain and crew of the ship might have prevented all loss of life.

I have been researching cruise ship safety for some time, beginning with a review of the Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act. I think the Concordia tragedy has clearly shown regulation reform must be the order of the day to better ensure the safety of all on the seas.

By |January 23rd, 2012|Columns|32 Comments|

What we’re reading: Five cruise ship disasters that changed travel, cruise safety revisited, checks ordered on A380 fleet

Five cruise ship disasters that changed travel, cruise safety revisited, checks ordered on A380 fleet because of wing cracks