Safety at Sea
Human Error and Maritime Disaster
After bad weather, the largest single factor in the history of maritime disaster is human error. On January 13th 2012 the world was painfully reminded of this fact as, in calm seas, the £372million Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia struck a rock just off the eastern shore of Isola del Giglio, about 100 miles from Rome. While an enquiry is still ongoing, it is widely believed that Captain Francesco Schettino had apparently deviated from the ship’s computer-programmed route to salute an acquaintance on the island.