Taking safety on board

The sinking of the Costa Concordia has thrown ships' safety guidelines into sharp focus and put more financial pressure on the ailing industry, writes Nicola Cooke.

22nd January, 2012
Taking safety on board
The cruise ship Costa Concordia lies stricken off the small Italian island of Giglio. Photo: Getty

The sinking of the Costa Concordia cruise ship off the Italian coast nine days ago, and the panic and deaths which ensued, have focused attention on the cruise line industry and its safety standards.

The 115,000-ton vessel ran aground near the island of Giglio after striking rocks when the captain allegedly sailed too close to shore.

The collision caused a huge gash in the hull of the ship, and all passengers and crew - numbering...

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