16 people - and possibly another dozen or so - will have died in what most everyone is calling the "Costa Concordia Disaster". I agree that there is definitely room for improvement, to ensure that this sort of thing never occurs again on a cruise ship. My connections and colleagues in the cruise industry are formulating plans and procedures to create safer travel on ships in the future.
Just last year - just in the USA - over 250 people were killed on / by riding lawn mowers. If the 16 fatalities on Concordia was a disaster, what do we call the 250+ deaths EVERY YEAR on riding lawn mowers? And why isn't anyone doing or saying anything about it? This completely preventable Super Catastrophe (??) It is going to happen again in 2012.