Costa Condorida Captain Standing Trial
A year and a half after running the Costa Concordia aground claiming 32 souls, the ship’s captain, Francesco Schettino, is standing trial. He faces upwards of 20 years for abandoning the ship and for operator negligence.
In admiralty, the captain has the highest duty to ensure the safety of the passengers. In this case, the captain fell woefully short of meeting his duty. After running the ship aground, he left the ship without accounting for the passengers or crew. He claimed that he was directing the rescue efforts from ashore, but Italian authorities didn’t believe this. The captain should be convicted.
This misfortune set in motion a series of disasters for Carnival Cruise Lines, Costa Concordia’s parent company. Hopefully justice will be served.