Carnival outlines radical safety overhaul following Costa Concordia disaster
Carnival Corporation has announced a comprehensive audit and review of all safety and emergency response procedures across all of its cruise lines.
The move follows the sinking of Costa Concordia off the coast of Italy, during which at least 11 people are known to have died.
Carnival is the parent company of Costa Cruises and nine cruise lines around the world/
The company argued the cruise industry as a whole has maintained an excellent safety record over the years.
“However, this tragedy has called into question our company’s safety and emergency response procedures and practices,” said Micky Arison, chairman of Carnival.
“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.”
The review is being led by captain James Hunn, a retired US Navy Captain and currently the company’s senior vice president of maritime policy & compliance.
Hunn and senior health and safety executives from each of the lines will review all safety and emergency response policies and procedures, officer and crew training and evaluation, bridge management and company-wide response and support efforts.
Hunn will report to the Health, Environment, Safety & Security Committee of the Board, and to Howard Frank, vice chairman and chief operations officer of Carnival.