Carnival plans cruise safety review
Posted Fri, 20 Jan 2012
Costa Cruises' parent company has announced plans to review safety and response procedures at all of its cruise lines after the Costa Concordia capsized last week.
In response to the accident off the island of Giglio, Italy, on January 13, Carnival Corporation Chairman and Chief Executive Micky Arison has said the firm needs to examine its practices.
At least 11 people were killed and 21 are missing after the ship detoured from its planned route and sailed into difficulties.
Mr Arison said: "While I have every confidence in the safety of our vessels and the professionalism of our crews, this review will evaluate all practices and procedures to make sure that this kind of accident doesn't happen again."
Retired US Navy captain James Hunn, who is the company's senior Vice President of Maritime Policy and Compliance, has been selected to lead the review.
He will work alongside executives from all of Carnival's subsidiary cruise lines to review employee training and safety policies, as well as response and support initiatives.
The firm will also work with independent experts to complete a thorough audit of the emergency and safety procedures in place.
This audit will also cover a review of the Costa Concordia accident.
Copyright Press Association 2012