M/S Costa Concordia incidents January 13-14, 2012 caused by ship not being seaworthy
Horrible example of media reporting


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Media or a journalist like Tom Witherow of The Telegraph does not know how to report about the M/S Costa Concordia incidents. Below is an horrible example with my corrrections. Everything Mr Witherow reported 20 months after the incidents is incorrect and just hearsay or inventions = garbage.

Costa Concordia: what happened the night it went down?

The operation to "right" the capsized Costa Concordia is underway. Tom Witherow explains what happened the night the ship hit a reef, causing a gash in the hull. (picture)

The luxury cruise ship Costa Concordia leans after it ran aground (sic) off the coast of Isola del Giglio island, Italy, gashing open the hull and forcing some 4,200 people aboard to evacuate aboard lifeboats to the nearby Isola del Giglio island, Jan. 14, 2012. Photo: AP

By Tom Witherow 1:45PM BST 16 Sep 2013

What media reports:


The Costa Concordia ran aground on the island of Giglio last year just hours after it left port, resulting in the death of 32 passengers and the charging of her captain on multiple counts of manslaughter.

The Costa Concordia never went aground. The ship contacted a submerged rock at 9.45 pm and four hull compartments were up flooded. Nobody died. The ship was floating and stable after the contact incident. Vessel later capsized 00.33 am next day and sank later, when 26 passengers and 6 crew drowned.

The ship had left the Italian port of Civitavecchia at 7.18pm local time, heading out for a two-week tour of the Mediterranean with over 3,200 passengers and 1,000 crew.

The ship was doing a weekly round trip in western Mediterranean and picked up passengers at Civitavecchia, Savona, Marseille and Barcelona. None were told what to do in an emergency, e.g. to go to a muster station.

On the night of 13th January 2012 Captain Francesco Schettino had ordered the ship to deviate from the planned route as a 'salute' to those on the shore. But at 9.45pm the ship hit a reef, which the captain later claimed was not marked on maps or satellite navigation euqipment.

The route Civitavecchia/Savona was planned before departure by the second officer in charge of navigation ... and approved by the Captain. It included a 58° starboard turn at 9.40 pm close to Isola del Giglio, which should have taken two minutes. The ship never hit a reef but there was a contact with a submerged rock.

The planned route was controlled by onboard computers, but the deviation meant plans were abandoned - the ship's "black box" voice recorder telling the story of panick, as frantic conversations between captain and crew took place.

The ship followed the planned route and the turn was manually initiated on time and all was in order a few minutes before the contact. The 'black box' or Voyage Data Recorder was apparently deactivated during the turn.

Schettino had issued new coordinates warning the helmsman, "otherwise we go on the rocks". 15 minutes later the Costa Concordia hit a rocky outcrop travelling at 16 knots - the damage to the hull left the engine rooms flooded and power was lost.

Schettino issued oral orders to the helmsman to turn. What actually happened 9.40-9.45 pm is not established. The helmsman may have turned the wrong way or the steering gear didn't work.

The coastguard was informed that the ship was suffering a "blackout" even as passengers were ringing the local police, and it wasn't until 10.33pm that the general alarm was raised.

It is correct that the coastguard was informed about the blackout, while the situation was reviewed aboard, before the general alarm was raised. Evidently local police alerted by passengers could not do anything as the ship was at sea.

The gashed hull, filling with water, caused the ship to tilt by more than 30 degrees hampering evacuation efforts involving the coastguard boats and helicopters. The rescue effort was coordinated by the second master as Captain Schettino had left the bridge and went ashore despite being ordered to return to his post.

The gashed hull was stable and floating upright with less than 20° heel until 11.37 pm, when evacuation was almost complete. Hundreds of persons were left aboard, as there was no crew to launch three lifeboats and 60 life rafts. The ship capsized 00.33 am the next day, when Schettino jumped into a lifeboat. The coastguard order to Schettino to return to the ship was given later, when the capsized ship was sinking due to down flooding of intact hull compartments. Evidently you cannot return to a sinking ship. The ship apparently capsized due to progressive flooding through illegal watertight doors. The rescue effort was hampered by lack of information, training and crew to launch lifeboats and life rafts.

The ship was not seaworthy at any time.

The ship is today being "righted" from a depth of just 20 meters. If this is successful the ship will then make its final voyage to an Italian scrap yard in 2014.

The wreck was resting at a depth of 30 meters and was up righted but further damaged in the process. Refloating and removal may be done 2014.

If media reports the facts the result will not just be correct, it will be much more interesting and worthwhile reading. Media users, i.e. the public may then actually learn something. Now media just tries to entertain or horrify the public with garbage 'news' as shown above. In order to report correctly media are advised to use the correct
nomenclature (and not use landlubber nonsense).