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The Costa Cruises ship ‘Costa Concordia’ has sunk off the island of Isla Giglio, after sailing from Civitavecchia earlier yesterday afternoon. it’s reported that some people have died, although the number and whether they were passengers or crew isn’t confirmed.

Details are still very unclear – there are reports about a power failure – and the sequence of events is also very uncertain. But it seems clear that at least some of the crew, and possibly passengers as well, had to jump into the sea to save themselves – the continuing list of the ship eventually made the lifeboats unusable. The BBC New website has an audio clip of an interview with a crew member, a steward. I’ve listened to it, and this is a transcript of the main things he says:

He says that there was “a roaring sound”, and then “the ship tilt to the left”. Then he says that they received messages that “all is OK, it’s under control”. Then I think he says they were attending to the guests. He says that this lasted for a while: he says “Then maybe around one hour or something like that they announce general emergency”, and he says the crew took the passengers to the muster stations, and the crew stayed there as well. Then he says: “and then the ship tilt to the right, the opposite side…”. After that they received the order to abandon ship, but couldn’t use the boats on their proper side; he says “happily [?] …the officer came and they told us to go to other side, the right side, the tilt side; so the passenger(s) and the crew went there.” You can hear his voice becoming hard to understand with emotion, but I think he says after that that they had some problems getting to the boats because of the tilt, but they managed it, and some passengers and crew were able to get off in boats. But he wasn’t able to: “.. because suddenly the ships start to sink on that side. So for we .. crew … we had lifebelts; we jump on (into) the sea. We just swim; and luckily there’s an island near us .. maybe 300 or 400 metres … we just swim there and luckily we survived there”.

It must have been a terrifying experience, but he sounds as if he was trying to do his job and look after the passengers as well as save himself and his fellow crew members.

Costa Concordia was launched in 2006 and was the lead ship in a four-ship class for Costa Cruises. She was a big ship – ships in this class have a standard capacity of 3000 passengers and a maximum capacity of 3,700 passengers, plus a crew complement of 1,100; their gross tonnage figure is 112,000 and they’re ‘post-panamax’.

6 Responses to “Costa Concordia Sunk in Mediterranean”

  1. Armando says:

    really did you swin 300-400 metres ? I still dont understand all the jumping out of the ship to make it more dramatic just because there was a rock at 20 metres

    • Tom says:

      Obviously I didn’t swim – I was transcribing the words of the steward from Costa Concordia.

    • mjsphotoanddvd says:

      Get a life butt, that was very bad what happened to all the people on that ship, my and everyone else who thinks about life will wish them all well.

  2. Oh my God! I wanted this year to make a cruise with the ship ‘Costa Concordia’ . I think it was a terrible experience for people who were there.

  3. Capt. Rossen Dimov says:

    Obviously this tragedy is in result of “HUMAN ERROR”.
    As a professional seaman I have definite observations that
    the quality of deck officers is getting worse and worse with
    the years. This is due to the fact that no any appropriate
    professional training on board of TRAINING VESSEL is arranging
    to the graduated deck officers. No one is approaching with
    proper training for the attitude of the deck officer on the Navigating
    Bridge. No one like to spend money for such training, which
    should be during education, totaling not less than 12 months.
    Just during this period of education could be trained proper
    professional attitude and habits, and to be thrown aside negligent
    students.

    Who like to oppose me with the arguments for SOLAS-required
    training courses, I will say, that these courses do not train for
    proper attitude and behavior on Bridge (whether to plot position
    of the vessel on a paper chart every 2-3-5 min, or once per hour,
    or whether to permit yourself to listen music during watch or not, e.t.c.).
    They are training courses for proper abilities and reaction only –
    kind of post-training courses.

    In addition, nowadays on such modern vessel navigation is fully
    electronically. Young deck/navigating officers as per my observations
    are unable to navigate the vessel if electronic fails – radars, ECDIS
    (electronic charts), echo-sounder lost power due to some power-problem,
    because they do not have any training for visual observations. Such
    “modern” officers of 21st Century have just some memories from the
    theory of these methods of navigation, and ZERO practice!

    The result of this is such tragedies! IMO should open their eyes, and
    to distance their policy from different lobbyist. And to insert in STCW
    requirements for compulsory seaboard training during the process of
    education, prior to obtaining Diploma and first Certificate for Watch-keeping
    Officer.

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