It’s been a year since 32 passengers and crew of the Costa Concordia perished when the cruise ship ran aground near Giglio, Italy. As of today, the Captain, Francesco Schettino, who is under investigation for manslaughter is under house arrest but has yet to be officially charged. However, he is suing for wrongful dismissal in an attempt to get his job back.
While rules have been changed to make sure that passengers get briefed on evacuation procedures prior to ships leaving their ports, it appears that no changes have been made with respect to the selection or training or behaviors of ship captains. Here’s a link to my blog of a year ago suggesting that we need to do more to hold our leaders accountable:
It’s puzzling to me that the only lesson learned is that passengers need to be better trained for tragic events. What about the leader (captain) who steered this ship into the rocks in the first place? This accident was totally preventable! Your thoughts?