After accident, Carnival Corp. wants safety review

Jan 20, 2012, 2:01 AM

MIAMI (AP) – Carnival Corp., the parent company of Costa Cruises, announced on Thursday a comprehensive audit and review of all safety and emergency response procedures across all 10 of the company’s cruise lines.

Carnival Chairman and CEO Micky Arison said in a news release that last week’s accident of the Costa Concordia in Italy has called into question the company’s safety and emergency response procedures and practices.

The Costa Concordia capsized off the Tuscan island of Giglio on Jan. 13 after the ship detoured from its programmed route and slammed into a reef. At least 11 people were killed and 21 are missing.

“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,” Arison said.

The review is being led by retired U.S. Navy Capt. James Hunn, who currently is the company’s senior vice president of Maritime Policy & Compliance.

Hunn and executives from each of the corporation’s subsidiary cruise lines will review all safety policies, employee training, bridge management and response and support efforts. Carnival reported that it also is engaging outside experts to audit of all of the company’s emergency response and safety procedures. The outside experts will also conduct a review of the Costa Concordia accident.

“This company-wide initiative will identify lessons learned and best practices to further ensure the security and safety of all of our passengers and crew,” chief operations officer Howard Frank said.

Earlier Thursday, Cruise Line International Association President and CEO Christine Duffy called on the International Maritime Organization to undertake a comprehensive evaluation from the findings of the Costa Concordia investigation to ensure the cruising industry remains safe.

“While there is still a great deal not yet known about this incident, all of our members recognize the seriousness of these events and want to ensure that we apply the lessons learned from this tragic event,” Duffy said in London.

Carnival’s said in the news release that it welcomes such an evaluation.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

United States News

In this photo provided by Dax McDonald, debris sits near railroad tracks after an Amtrak passenger ...
Associated Press

A look at recent Amtrak derailments and other crashes

An Amtrak passenger train struck a dump truck Monday at an uncontrolled crossing in a rural area of Missouri killing two people on the train and one in the truck. Others were injured. The crash happened just after noon near Mendon, Missouri. Several cars derailed. The train was traveling from Los Angeles to Chicago. The […]
16 hours ago
FILE - Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., speaks during a Senate Energy and Natural Resources hearing on Ma...
Associated Press

Manchin: Commission on veterans facilities to be dismantled

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A group of U.S. senators has agreed to effectively dismantle a commission tasked by the Department of Veterans Affairs to carry out closures, downsizing and other significant medical facility changes nationwide, Sen. Joe Manchin said Monday. The West Virginia Democrat, a member of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, said there is […]
16 hours ago
Associated Press

Pennsylvania House targets colleges’ fetal research in bill

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A proposal to require Pennsylvania’s four state-related universities to promise they are not conducting research or experiments with fetal tissue from elective abortions was added to a state budget bill by House Republicans on Monday. The chamber voted 108-92, with three Republicans crossing party lines, for the amendment to legislation that […]
16 hours ago
FILE - Britney Spears and Sam Asghari appear at the Los Angeles premiere of "Once Upon a Time in Ho...
Associated Press

Britney Spears’ ex ordered to trial on stalking charge

VENTURA, Calif. (AP) — A California judge found Monday that there is enough evidence against a man once briefly married to Britney Spears who showed up uninvited at the pop star’s wedding to go to trial on a felony stalking charge. After a two-hour preliminary hearing, Ventura County Judge David Worley ruled that 40-year-old Jason […]
16 hours ago
Abortion-rights advocate Eleanor Wells, 34, wipes her tears during a protest in Los Angeles, Friday...
Associated Press

California voters to weigh constitutional right to abortion

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California voters will decide in November whether to guarantee the right to an abortion in their state constitution, a question sure to boost turnout on both sides of the debate during a pivotal midterm election year as Democrats try to keep control of Congress after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe […]
16 hours ago
Associated Press

8-year-old Florida boy accidentally shoots and kills baby

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — An 8-year-old boy accidentally shot and killed a 1-year-old girl and injured a 2-year-old girl at a Florida motel on Sunday, authorities said. The boy’s father left the gun holstered in his Pensacola motel room closet. After he left the room, his son found it and fired a round that passed […]
16 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

...
Carla Berg, MHS, Deputy Director, Public Health Services, Arizona Department of Health Services

Vaccines are safe if you are pregnant or breastfeeding

Are you pregnant? Do you have a friend or loved one who’s expecting?
...
Day & Night Air

Tips to lower your energy bill in the Arizona heat

Does your summer electric bill make you groan? Are you looking for effective ways to reduce your bill?
...
Arizona Division of Problem Gambling

Arizona Division of Problem Gambling provides exclusion solution for young sports bettors

Sports betting in Arizona opened a new world to young adults, one where putting down money on games was as easy as sending a text message.
After accident, Carnival Corp. wants safety review