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Old January 24th, 2012, 07:24 PM
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Originally Posted by Arion View Post
I've been having a few thoughts, about making cruising safer. It's kinda split into two sections; (a) preventing a disaster like this, and (b) ensuring that if this happes in future there are no casualties.

1: GPS Monitoring at Head Office
Costa have reported that the Captain was not authorised to sail so close to the island. I think that if there was a GPS transponder, reporting the ships location to head office, and the Captain had to answer for such deviations from course, then the Ship would have been much less likely to have been anywhere near the rocks.

I am sure there are already web sites and other ways for cruise lines to know exactly where there ships are at any given moment.

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2: GPS Monitoring compared to Navigation Charts
In this case, the GPS would monitor the ships position and velocity (including direction of movement), cross-referenced with the location of rocks, linked to a rotating light and bell in the bridge, might have dropped a hint to the Captain that steering the ship away might have been a good idea.
This is a very good idea - they already have such technology on ships, I have seen the charts, radar and other equipment on bridges - there really is no reason for a captain to ever make such a ridiculous mistake.

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3: Working Lifeboats
Lifeboats shouldn't be designed for use in perfect conditions. It's actually in the most dire, and unpredictable circumstances that they're needed. Every shipboard employee, before they start their second contract should have gone through every imaginable ship movement, and weather condition on a simulator similar to ships actual movement. Similarly designers should use these simulators to see foresee problems launching the lifeboats.
I agree - I believe that if there is any place we see changes it will be in the way lifeboats work. They need to have tracks to "lower" them to the water regardless of the angle.

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4: Multi-function lifejackets.
Lifejackets already have a light ( and I believe a whistle ) for attracting attention. I think these should be enhanced with a transponder to help track down lifejackets instead of divers having to search cabin by cabin. If possible, I'd also like to see a feasibility study into including mini oxygen tanks in the lifejackets.
Its a possibility, but oxygen is an expensive and dangerous gas to keep around. I think this would be very expensive and sort of limited in return since you could only add maybe 30-minutes of air.

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5: Safe Room
I think each Cabin should have a water tight safe room, with oxygen, food, water and communications equipment, where passengers trapped in their Cabins could take refuge.
Far too expensive. A great idea, but far too expensive. Keep in mind most ships sink, not get grounded and tilt over. So, if you had one of these there is a good chance you are just prolonging the fear and agony of someone who went down with a ship. A ship in a mile of water is not going to be reached by anyone for a month at the soonest if you look at the availability of deep sea submersibles. Plus - at that depth the pressure makes saving someone next to impossible even if you could reach them.

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6: Education
I think all cruisers should have to watch an engaging, and interesting safety video ( that they're likely to pay attention to ), before the ship leaves port.
Many ships already do this.
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