Monday, 16 January 2012

What would MAIB make of it ...

The red tops are picking up the gossip and rumour around the grounding and sinking of the Italian cruise liner: The captain was seen to spend the previous evening in the bar with a stunning blonde. As an act of braggadocio he promised to set an alternative course to get close enough to the Isola del Giglio to signal to someone on shore, but got too close. He fled the ship with the women and babies, covered in a blanket. All, to date, unjustified and unproven allegations that no doubt will be repeated and fill many column inches.

Thank goodness for our own dear MAIB.  


Weekend Yachtsman said...

What is the vessel's port of registry?

I'm guessing Panama, or some such cheapo flag-of-convenience anything-goes jurisdiction.

I am a firm believer in port-of-registry rules (apart from anything else, changing this would sick the EU on British yachtsmen), but really this is an abuse that has gone on long enough.

Someone ought to compile a league table of cruise ships based on the likely competence of their management and crewing: so many points for flying the Red Duster, so many for executive officers with recognisable first-world qualifications, lose some for each crew member whose native language differs from that of the officers, lose more for every additional native language in the crew, and so on.

Then people would know where they stood.

Meanwhile, of course, one's sympathies are very much with the victims.

Anonymous said...

WY - the port of registry is Genoa, Italy. So no escaping that then! The owner is ultimately Carnival Corporation & PLC and they are British-American. There's definitely a plc in there somewhere, so I reckon MAIB will be well within their jurisdiction to either lead or be a significant part of the investigation. Carnival are in fact a dual listed company in NYSE and LSE and claim their origins in shipping as being part of P&O once upon a time.

Unfortunately, this ain't gonna look good for us Brits either!

Coney Island

English Pensioner said...

Other than in the financial news this morning, I note that Carnival have largely managed to keep their name out of the media. Unlike many companies, they have not brought all their interests under one name in the hope, presumably, that it won't affect their other shipping lines such as Cunard.
But the buck must always stop at the top of an organisation; they are responsible for setting the company's overall standards in terms of crew training and costs, and one wonders if any of the "prestige" names would be any better in a crisis.

Dave_G said...

With Voyage Data Recorders being mandatory these days there will be no escaping the 'truth' no matter what.
Meantime, before the 'truth' is revealed the mass media will by doing a 'Chris Jefferies' on the subject.
You think they'd have learned by now....... oh... wait..... forget I said that.

Anonymous said...

I shall be watching the insurance market:

The emerging inconsistencies and contradictions should make this interesting.

Span Ows said...

I think the Cruise company and the crew had confirmed before yesterday morning that the cap left the ship early.

BrianSJ said...

The MAIB will make nothing. It will be investigated by EMSA.

Weekend Yachtsman said...
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Weekend Yachtsman said...

@BrianSJ: Yes.

And another prediction - very shortly, the EMSA will take over the functions of the MAIB (since maritime safety is now an exclusive EU competence), and thorough, impartial, publicly-available accident investigations will be a thing of the past.

Will we ever wake up?