New Costa Cruises Boss Speaks About “Obligation” To Prevent Future Cruise Ship Accidents

Lipcon, Marguiles, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A

It’s been a few months since the Costa Concordia capsized off the coast of Italy, but the hype surrounding the tragedy has yet to die down. As the ship’s captain and several crew members were blamed for contributing to the cruise ship accident, which resulted in the deaths of at least 32 people, Costa Cruises’ new boss has spoken out on the matter, emphasizing his “obligation” to make sure a similar incident do not happen again.

Michael Thamm, chief executive officer of Costa Crociere S.p.A, explained the Concordia cruise ship accident was shocking to every one of the line’s employees, and with one word, summed up his and the company’s reaction to the incident last January – ‘obligation’.

“My obligation and the obligation of my company is that this kind of accident never happens again to the industry,” said Thamm. “The company is damaged and we are very sorry about the casualties. One of the cases that strikes me most is the poor little girl who died on the ship. Obligation has a human face also.”

Thamm added that before the capsizing accident, Costa’s safety record was impeccable, with the line passing 107 inspections last year as well as an extensive audit in October. He explained that the cruise industry is globally regulated and would not like to see any additional rules be brought in as a result of the capsizing incident.
“We do not need any more regulatory bodies. What we need is the continuous evolution of all the things we do, including safety,” he said.

While details regarding the Concordia case could not be given, as court proceedings are still ongoing in Italy, Carnival chairman and chief executive Micky Arison said that “A lot has been done and a lot continues to be done” regarding the incident.

“We have had, prior to this tragedy, a tremendous safety record and we will make sure we have a tremendous safety record in the future and ensure nothing like this ever happens again,” said Arison.

Although Thamm is correct in saying that the cruise industry is highly regulated globally, tragic cruise ship accidents continue to occur. The Concordia incident is just one of the many accidents involving major cruise lines that have transpired over the years, and victims continue to suffer injuries at the hands of negligent crew members and cruise ship operators.

Cruise lines have a responsibility of maintaining the safety of all onboard, and when that safety is violated, victims and their loved ones may be eligible to receive compensation for any injuries or losses. If you or someone you know has been hurt or killed in an accident onboard a cruise vessel, turn to our firm to file a case and protect your rights.

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