Reconstruction of Costa Concordia accident

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John Konrad, CEO and USCG Licensed Master Mariner Unlimited, narrates the reconstruction of the final maneuvers leading to the Costa Concordia tragedy.

AIS data via QPS Maritime Software.


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  • Orange

    The noise in the background makes this the most annoying video on the internet.

    • I agree

      • Hakim of Phut

        It could be some sort of plan sized printer

  • ConwayCaptain

    A friend of mine who is a Name at Lloyds tells me they are looking at US$800 million just for the hull claim and it is the largest marine hull claim ever.

    Once the recovery of oil and removal of the wreck which will be covered by the P&I Insurers the claim will be in excess of US$ 1 billion.

    • Hakim of Phut

      I wonder if the degree of negligence will invalidate the claim. No insurer would pay out if you are  deliberately bringing your ships that close to shore, which seems to have happened on a previous occasion.

      • ConwayCaptain

        Every company insures against negligence.  You run a trucking co and a driver drives drunk and crashes the rig you will be paid out.  However if you knew that driver was driving drunk then NO as it would have been your responsibility to stop him.

        All Shipping Cos have a set of Standing orders which the Master and officers and crew must adhere to and all officers are required to read and sign these.

        I addition the Master will have his own standing orders which will “pad out” thje Company’s set and will cover the day to day running of the ship and the bridge.  Also the Master will have his night orders which will cover the courses to be steered during the night, the alter cours posns and if approachibng a port or an area of tricky navigation when he should be called.  Also the “catch all phrase”  If in doubt call me.

        There is also a Bridge Management procedure and if the Master has taken over the con of the vessel then the OOW should question him if he is about to undertake a wrong procedure.  I have done this and actually taken over the con of a vessel from a pissed Master.  I also know of a Junior Officer who called the Chief Officer to the bridge as he was worried what the Master was about to do.

        The Officer on watch should have questioned the Master of the CC or taken over as he would have been in his rights to do.

      • ConwayCaptain

        Forgot to add:

        If this sail past was done with the Company’s knowledge and approval (we know it was done in August last year) and they came closer then we could be in for a legal stoush.

  • ConwayCaptain

    go to for more infor plus the judges preliminary ruling

  • Rockfield

    I believe that it is highly likely that Captain Francesco Schettino will be seeking a new set of cojones in the near future ….


    • ConwayCaptain

      He never had any in the 1st place

      • Dr Wang

        Beg to differ: I think he had been giving them a bit of a workout recently – seen the Moldovan dancer he was chilling out with…?

  • ConwayCaptain

    Marine Law is a very specialised area of law and some areas like General Average go back to the days of the Phonecians.

    You can bet a Costa Cruise ticket to a pinch of the brown stuff that the marinos worldwide are dusting off the gowns and wigs and looking at the new RR from the fees they will get from this claim.

    When the biggest Law Firm in the world Clifford Chance in London has a turnover of somehwere 1 billion STG there is HUGE fees involved.

    This case will go for decades, I am not joking.

    • Gazzaw

      ‘This case will go on for decades’.

      Carnival Group will make sure of that Captain.

  • EX Navy Greg

    I would imagine the Skipper will be spending a considerable time in the calaboose with a big bloke called Maria,
    The Captain doesn’t have to ” go down with the ship” but He needs to stay aboard as long as possible to give the crew orders. Can’t blame the crew for doing nothing when they were waiting for orders from a Skipper who had abandoned his post. Unforgivable.
    Conway Captain, Your thoughts ?

    • ConwayCaptain


      Thr Capt doesnt have to go down with nhis ship unless he was in the IJN in WW2,

      However he has to stay long enough to make sure taht every has been done to get all hs crew/pax off.

      As I have said before Capt Ian North was the last off the Atlantic Conveyor and was drowned and Cmdr Alan West was last off Ardent in the Falklands.

      The Capts of Sheffield and Coventry were amongst the last off when they knew that there was no more to be done to save the ship and crew.

      I was an Apprentice inn Port Line and in the ship was a memorial scroll of all the people who were lost in WW2 an there were a lot of Masters and Officers who were lost.

      • EX Navy Greg

        Captain, I had the pleasure of meeting Cmdr West (Retd) some years ago at a function.We had just assisted HMS Nottingham after it had run over a reef off Lord Howe island at full speed ,and tore her bottom out.How the hell we saved that ship I still don’t know. One compartment was nicknamed “sherwood forest” due to the amount of shoring in it.It was towed stern first to Newcastle dry dock.
        We all found “Westie” a very competent and likeable man.

      • ConwayCaptain


        He ended up as 1st Sea Lprd and CNS and is now Lord West as he was Blairs Security expert in his Govt.

        Apparently the Ch Eng of Nottingham was in the habit of collecting timber and this was the stuff they used to shore up the ship.

        The Old Man was ashore and the 1st Lt was in charge and a junior navigating officer was on watch.  OM had just landed back by chopper when she hit the only rock for miles.

        The 1st Lt and OOW were basically out the RN but the OM was also Court Martialled but was given a warning.

  • EX Navy Greg

    Thanks for the heads up Captain. I spent some time on the bridge of HMS Nottingham trying to work out what had gone wrong. As a recently promoted killick, I didn’t have much of a clue. ( I was a weapons tech ) One giveaway was the Ensign nav had pencilled the track on the large scale chart. the fat pencil width had literally hidden the reef !
    I thought Cmdr West had retired, good to hear he went onto better things.

    • ConwayCaptain


      Fat pencil line over a rock is exactly what happened in the Torrey Canyon disaster.  Also when the RN Nuke hit a submerged rock in the Red Sea a few years back.  Old Man, Navigator and OOW Ta Ta lads

  • ConwayCaptain

    The shi[powners liability insurance is carried by Protection and Indemnity Clubs.  Theses are basically mutual insurers.

    I have just been speaking to a friend from Conway and he tells me that some years back three of the biggest P&I Clubs in the UK said that they would not cover pax vessels as the risk and liability was too great.