Three Black Balls: Link Roundup

There’s been a lot of details coming out about the Costa Concordia disaster, but the moral remains the same: the Captain was grossly negligent, both in his decisions that led to the disaster and in his immediate response. Most of the details below are single-source, so they may be blown out of proportion or taken out of context – I’ll be very curious to see the final report that I’m sure will come of us, since I have no doubt it will detail the Captain’s movements precisely.  For now, just let the incompetence wash over you:

  • Some more details about the Captain’s whereabouts before and after the event – according to this woman, he wasn’t even on the bridge when the ship struck the rock. She made the claim as an effort to defend him – lady, in the sea-going world, “I wasn’t on the bridge when we grounded” isn’t a defense, it’s damning evidence. A cook on the ship is claiming that the Captain made a dinner order 30-45 minutes after the ship struck a rock.
  • The ship was still telling the Coast Guard that the problem was “just a blackout” a full 30 minutes after the collision. That’s pretty damning – it takes a while to do a full damage assessment, but they should have known very quickly that there was flooding, and reported that to the Coast Guard.
  • The review of the accident and overall Carnival safety guidelines is being conducted by a retired US Navy guy, Captain James Hunn.
  • There are some very interesting satellite shots of the ship off the coast – as a sailor, it’s generally a bad thing if a satellite can take a detailed picture of the SIDE of your ship.

Finally, for those non-sailor types out there who are wondering what the heck three black balls have to do with anything: one for the Captain, one for the XO, one for the Navigator.



About thinklikeafox

I'm a Naval Officer living in Southern California. I hope to be attending law school in the next year or two, and I started writing this blog out of a desire to improve my writing and critical thinking skills after a couple years outside of academia.
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