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100 Years, The Titanic Sinks in Atlantic (but has it in the minds of modern-day cruise operators?)

April 16, 2012
 April 14, 2012 marks 100 years since the sinking of the Titanic

April 14, 2012 marks 100 years since the sinking of the Titanic

April 14, 2012 marks 100 years that the “unsinkable” passenger ship, known as the Titanic, sunk to the bottom of the North Atlantic Ocean. There were 2,224 passengers on the Titanic and 1,514 of them lost their lives that tragic evening. Today, in modern-day cruising we wonder if a lesson has been learned from the fortuitous wreckage in 1912.

Now there are more lifeboats on board- enough to fit more than the number of passengers aboard. Captains and operators use radios for communication with other ships and use radar and fathometers to detect any signs of danger, like an iceberg. But somehow, ships still seem to collide with islands or ground on charted reefs, even in the clearest of weather. Perhaps it isn’t flaws in technology or communication but simply negligence, complacency and hubris that play the largest factors. These characteristics override all preventative and remedial measures available.

Other factors that increase the risk of accidents are fatigue, stress and pressure from satisfying vacationers on board by sailing close to shore, maintaining high-speed, cutting corners and engaging in other practices that increase risk. Most of the accidents on cruise ship these days do not usually result in causalities, but when they do, everyone protects themselves and blames anybody and everybody else (usually the person on the scene). It has become incumbent that owners and operators take the blame and walk the walk in desperate situations and accidents. It is worth backing up and supporting officers, masters and operators when they are being cautious. Also, spending the additional costs is necessary to do the right thing when unforeseen accidents come out of clear waters. Mastering the technology and mechanical attributes of a cruise ship still does not guarantee an “unsinkable” ship.

If problem persists, we have learned nothing from the Titanic- even 100 years later!

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