Costa Concordia Accident
The Costa Concordia off the island of Giglio

The cruise industry has implemented three new safety policies as a direct result of the Costa Concordia accident earlier this year.

The new safety policies will come into immediate effect and are:

1. Passage Planning – Cruise lines will be obliged to submit a detailed voyage plan before embarking. This has previously been part of best practice but not mandatory.

Concordia captain Francisco Schettino submitted a passage plan but then chose to ignore it – crashing into rocks by sailing too close to the island of Giglio and killing 35 people.

2. Bridge access will be limited to those with operational functions during any period of restricted manoeuvring or when increased vigilance is required.

Schettino invited a woman onto the deck as the ship passed Giglio, allegedly to show off to her.

3. All ships will carry additional adult lifejackets. The exact figure will depend on the total number of persons berthed within the ship’s most populated main vertical fire zone.

But the upshot is that the number of lifejackets carried is far in excess of the number of persons actually onboard the ship.

Once again, this has been implemented as a direct result of Concordia – many people did not – or were unable to – return to their cabins once the ship hit rocks and started to list.

Chairman of the European Cruise Council and Member of the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Executive Committee, Manfredi Lefebvre, said:

“We are convinced that this approach will achieve concrete, practical and significant safety dividends in the shortest possible time and fully reflects the measured and responsible progress on future safety initiatives by both the Commission and European Parliament following the Concordia tragedy.”

The new policies follow the industry’s announcement on 27 January of an Operational Safety Review in response to the Concordia incident and as part of the industry’s continuous efforts to review and improve safety measures, and represent the third such announcement.

• The chief executive of Costa Cruises is to stand down in the biggest shake-up at the group since the tragedy. Pier Luigi Foschi, who has worked for Costa since 1997, will retire from his post on July 1. Michael Thamm, president of Aida Cruises, based in Germany, will take over as chief executive of the Costa Group, which includes Aida and Ibero Cruises as well as the core Costa brand.