January 19, 2012

A SENSELESS TRAGEDY

Costa Fortuna sailing past Poros, Kefalonia
CS Costa Fortuna sailing by Kefalonia
Having spent countless hours over the past 3 years at the Argostoli cruise liner pier, the Costa Concordia accident at Giglio Island has caused me extraordinary sadness. Those hours upon hours of looking at those floating palaces glide in and out of the bay, marveling at the diverse groups of people coming off the boats, made me feel as if the tragedy of the Tuscany coast was a lot closer to home than it actually was. Surmounting this feeling is the reality that the Concordia has a couple of sister vessels, operated by the same company, which either dock here or bypass the island at incredibly short distances to the shore.

It is amazing how a super cruise liner's state-of-the art equipment could not avert a collision with an otherwise insignificant rock formation. You'd think that the waters along these cruise routes would be fully charted. On the other hand, should this accident prove to be the result of poor human judgement, what is the sense of all the technology if a skipper can override warning systems?
Reading all the news reports on the accident, I could not but think of all the happy faces coming off the boats, eager to explore, to discover, or simply to bask in the warm sunshine. I even wondered if any passengers of the ill-fated Concordia have been on one of the cruise ships making a port call to Argostoli.
Such a senseless tragedy...
Costa Fortuna sailing by Kefaloniaa southeastern coast
Costa Fortuna sailing past Poros, Kefalonia
The Costa Concordia's sister vessel, the Costa Fortuna, is a frequent guest in our waters as it sails past Skala and Poros once a week in the summer on it's return journey from the eastern Mediterranean.

See also previous post on cruise ships:
AND WATCH 'EM ROLL AWAY AGAIN

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