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Costa Concordia Shipwreck

No more Costa Concordias

No more Costa Concordias

As the 100th anniversary the RMS Titanic disaster approaches, the Costa Concordia grounding is a stark reminder that going to sea remains dangerous. A modern cruise ship sailing a routine route capsized in a matter of minutes in beautiful weather, leaving at least 11 people dead. About 15 million people took a cruise last year, and they are asking tough questions. Are the massive passenger vessels stable enough to withstand grounding or collision? Are the international crews capable of coordinating a rapid evacuation of thousands of people? Who oversees the operations of these vessels?

Now is the time to re-examine international safety regulations, particularly as the...