Costa Concordia VDR failure

By Cruise

Voyage Data Recorder (VDR) was not working before the tragedy on Costa Concordia.
The latest investigations showed that the tragic accident of the cruise ship have indicated that the vessel's Voyage Data Recorder (VDR) was not working before the accident, according to information in the Italian press.
VDR hadn't been operational since the start of this year, 4 days before the tragedy that caused the dead of 32 people, and that no data at all was recorded after 11.36pm on 13 January.
Data was available only on the ship's computer, investigators don't know what happened onboard.
Information from the report shows that e-mails were sent from the Costa technical department to the company responsible for the maintenance of the VDR showing that a decision had been taken to defer repairs on the system until the ship was scheduled to arrive at the port of Savona on January 14.
Other e-mails revealed that the technical problems with the VDR were ongoing.
Costa Crociere has denied that the VDR was not operational, and Corriere della Sera has quoted the company as informing that "The black box was giving an error code that absolutely does not imply that the Voyage Data Recorder (VDR) was not working."
There is no international law or legal order that is forbidding to a ship to sail in these conditions.