Maritime Safety

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.

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The Big Picture is a static feature located within Hartlepool College of Further Education in one of its public areas. It is closely tied to the College’s RESPECT campaign, which promotes equality, fairness and understanding for all individuals across a range of social, moral and historic topics. RESPECT is a valuable resource that links to a range of teaching, learning and tutorial activities and involves and applies to everyone who works or studies in the College.