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Former Costa Concordia Captain passes the buck for disaster.

September 25, 2013 Cruise, Headline News 2 Comments Email Email

In what will probably be considered by most to be a rather unsurprising move, based upon what he has claimed so far in his manslaughter trial, Francesco Schettino told the Italian court this week that when he noticed his ship was heading towards rocks he gave the order to his Indonesian helmsman to steer left and the helmsman mistakenly turned the ship to the right.

The Costa Concordia is righted - ABCAccording to media reports including from the ABC, Schettino added that if the error had not been made by the Indonesian helmsman, the ship would not have hit rocks off the Tuscan island of Giglio and capsized in January last year, resulting in the deaths of 32 people.

Schettino’s argument was rejected by the head of the expert committee, Giuseppe Cavo Dragone, who said that the 13 second delay before the ship ran aground appeared to be irrelevant and that the ship would have hit the rocks in any case.

Schettino has admitted that he bears the responsibility for the accident as the ship’s captain, but he says that he is not the only person to blame and wants the vessel to be examined for evidence of possible technical faults that may have contributed to the deaths during the desperate night-time evacuation of the ship.

Schettino was only stripped of his maritime licence last week and he is the only person on trial after four crew members, including the Indonesian helmsman and an official of Costa Cruises, a division of Carnival Corp, were sentenced to terms of up to 34 months in prison after pleading guilty bargain deal last year.

What do you think, should Schettino just accept the blame overall or do what he is doing and blame others?  Let us know by clicking on COMMENTS

John Alwyn-Jones, Cruise Editor and Correspondent

Currently there are "2 comments" on this Article:

  1. AgentGerko says:

    Dunno how accurate the show is, but as a regular viewer of Cruise Ship Diaries, filmed on board Costa ships, the captain and officers seem to spend far more time socialising with passengers than any ship I’ve sailed on, and thats many. On my last two HAL cruises the captain could not even shake hands with passengers yet on Costa they are filmed chatting, dancing, shaking hands, even drinking with passengers.

  2. sting says:

    ….didn’t he noticed that the ship was getting closer to the shore…or was the ship not equipped with gadget that can detect shallow water or rocks… but either way the captain is still to be blamed…

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