ICS: The Failure of Italy to Produce a Final Report on the Costa Concordia Accident is ‘Unacceptable’

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During a Board meeting of ICS held Tuesday in London, members of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) announced their frustrations with Italy for failing to secure a final casualty report into the Costa Concordia tragical accident, now over 1 year after the vessel ran aground and partially sank, killing 32 people.
In a statement, the International Chamber of Shipping Board welcomed measures taken by the International Maritime Organization to improve cruise vessel safety since the accident, but slammed Italy for failing to secure its final casualty report.
“The response of the International Maritime Organization so far has been measured and acceptable and we have been impressed by the commitment between governments to evade knee jerk reactions” stated CS Chairman, Masamichi Morooka. “But International Maritime Organization is under increasing pressure to take forward far more radical actions in advance of Italy publishing the finish the final results of its incident investigation that it has still singularly failed to do. Given the importance of the disaster that occurred over an year ago, this failure by Italy is simply unacceptable. We still haven't got any official understanding of what the underlying causes were with respect to an incident that really must never have happened.”
During the meeting, the International Chamber of Shipping Board agreed that, in discussion with governments, ICS is going to take forward proposals to International Maritime Organization as to how the obligations of flag states with respect to casualty reports might be strengthened.