Costa Concordia sinking in Isola del Giglio, Tuscany
Here is the transcription of the interview with a former member of Costa Concordia crew, that prefers not to publish his name.That’s why we’re gonna call him “Mario”.
Question: Mario, first of all I want to thank you for your time and your availability to share with us some information.Mario, where are you from?
Mario: I come from South of Italy, a small city not far from Naples.
Question: Which are your experiences on board of luxury cruise ships and in which role?
Mario: I have worked onboard Cruise Ships for many years. I was in the Hotel Department, my rank was 1st Purser.
Question: Included Costa Concordia?
Mario: (he doesn’t answer but smiles)
Question: What do you think about the collision of Costa Concordia?
Mario: I think Captain Schettino’s misconduct is evident. We aren’t talking about an inevitable disaster, we are talking about a tragedy caused by superficiality, negligence and disorganization.
Question: What could you say about the usual practice of near-shore salutes (“fare inchini”)?
Mario: Within the last 10 days I have heard many people working in the Cruise Industry say they were surprised by this practice. Actually I don’t think they were… Near-Shore Salute is quite common: for example all MSC Cruise Ships passing by Sorrento (where the Company Founder was born) get very close to the Coast to pay homage…
Question: Any other consideration about this story?
Mario: I think this could be an opportunity to reconsider many aspects of Cruise Ships Management: nowadays Cruise Ships are small floating villages, and giving full powers to one person could be very dangerous as Costa Concordia’s disaster proves…
Dear Mario, we do thank you for your time