Captain Of Grounded Cruise Ship Changed Course

The chief executive of the Italian owner of the cruise ship that capsized off Tuscany says the captain made an unauthorized, unapproved deviation from the ship's programmed course.

Costa Crociere chairman and CEO Pier Luigi Foschi said Monday that the company stood by the captain, Francesco Schettino, and would provide him with legal assistance. But he told reporters that the company, which is owned by the world's largest cruiseline, Carnival Corp., disassociated itself from his behavior.

He says Costa ships have their routes programmed, and alarms go off when they deviate.

He said: "This route was put in correctly. The fact that it left from this course is due solely to a maneuver by the commander that was unapproved, unauthorized and unknown to Costa."

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  • by Anonymous on Jan 16, 2012 at 04:58 PM
    What a scum bag, he left the ship while half the passengers where still onboard. He should never be in the control of a large passenger ship again, IMO.
  • by Obama Snake Oil co Location: Washington on Jan 16, 2012 at 01:50 PM
    Sounds like the USS America, eligant lady amongst ships until she hit the rocks and like America, flounders in the ocean till we figure what to do with it. Further, the crew abandoned ship early...wonder how Rohm Emanuael is doing these days or Obamas chief of staff?
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      by voter on Jan 16, 2012 at 04:06 PM in reply to Obama Snake Oil co
      great analogy,, of course, very few will get it.
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        by Votto on Jan 17, 2012 at 05:01 AM in reply to voter
        nothing better than seeing OSOC agree with himself on an article that has nothing to do with politics
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      by and.. on Jan 16, 2012 at 05:54 PM in reply to Obama Snake Oil co
      sounds like the geoge dubya bush , two wars and nothing gained but gitmo and the rove show...
  • by J D Location: ENC on Jan 16, 2012 at 09:46 AM
    To far out in the water for any looting to take place.
  • by What If... on Jan 16, 2012 at 07:19 AM
    If this had happened near the port of NOLA, just imagine the looting that would be happening right now.
  • by Captain Location: G'ville on Jan 16, 2012 at 06:37 AM
    Stay the course.

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