Costa Concordia

There were a number mistakes made by multiple people that ultimately led up to the January 13 wreck of the Costa Concordia on the island of Giglio.  Unfortunately, these mistakes have mostly over shadowed what went right that night.

Yes, 32 people died, but more than 4,000 were rescued.  And that’s why the crew of the Costa Concordia on Wednesday was presented with the prestigious “Seafarer of the Year” award at the Lloyds List Global Awards ceremony in London.

In making their selection, the judges for Lloyd’s List cited the crew for the “genuine examples of bravery and professionalism” and noted that if not for the “skilled response” of the majority of the crew, “the loss of life could have been far higher.”

Here’s a bit more about the Jury’s selection:

When the cruise ship Costa Concordia struck a reef off the island of Giglio on January 13, international attention inevitably focused on the actions of the master. But what was largely missed in the media storm that ensued were the genuine examples of bravery and professionalism displayed by members of the crew. There were 4,229 people on board the vessel at the time of the casualty and while the tragic loss of life caused by this regrettable incident will rightly be the subject of forensic investigations for some time to come, it should not be forgotten that without the skilled response of the majority of the crew, the loss of life could have been far higher. Our judges this year concurred with the view of Filipino crewing suppliers Magsaysay who nominated their crew aboard but also wanted to acknowledge the bravery of others, that the actions of the professional and honourable seafarers that night should be publically recognised.

So congratulations to majority of the crew of the Costa Concordia!

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  • GTP

    Yes, Bill, you did ‘miss something’. The ‘documentary’ you’ve seen – presumably taken on passengers’ video phones – would have been filmed whilst they, the passengers, WERE being saved by the majority of the crew. Crew members NOT attempting to save passengers were, obviously, in the minority otherwise can you, please, explain how 4,000 people can miraculously be ‘transferred’ to dry land from a foundering ship?

  • GTP

    My French is ‘somewhat’ rusty. Are you saying what I THINK you are saying, namely “That excludes the captain I hope”?

    Needless to say I am in COMPLETE agreement with your comment. (Said as a long retired, deep sea, bridge watchkeeping officer.)

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