After Concordia: Master Mariner Details Sunken Cruise Ship’s Last Moments

January 25, 2012 | By | 7 Comments

With Concordia’s voyage data recorder (VDR) — the so-called “black box” that could reveal how the disaster unfolded — in the hands of Italian investigators, one experienced mariner has sought to explain what he thinks happened.
Capt. John Konrad, a U.S. Coast Guard licensed master mariner of unlimited tonnage and editor in chief of maritime site gCaptain, uses AIS data, a radio signal that broadcasts a ship’s coordinates, speed, navigation data, to narrate Captain Schettino’s late turn and, after Concordia strikes the rocks, desperate maneuver to bring the ship closer to shore.
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    7 Responses to “After Concordia: Master Mariner Details Sunken Cruise Ship’s Last Moments”

    1. Angela
      January 25th, 2012 @ 1:06 pm

      I think families should stay together… Have we not advanced in our ways at all. Family!!

    2. Brian
      January 25th, 2012 @ 6:02 pm

      Wow. I could not stop watching. No doubt those who experienced the awful incident, and their families, will want to view this, when they’re able and ready to do so. My heart goes out to them.

    3. John hart
      January 25th, 2012 @ 7:56 pm

      Great stuff! And as a sailor I know the explanation with the data is very true.

      If only the lame stream media would pick this up instead of the junk reporting going on.

    4. Mary
      January 25th, 2012 @ 8:43 pm

      I had no idea what actions had been taken. Very interesting and not at all what I thought had occured. Than-you.

    5. George
      January 30th, 2012 @ 12:52 pm

      Excellent tactical analysis along with the charts. It really supports the case of negligence by the captain.
      BTW, what is that infernal knocking sound on the audio track? Is that a bilge pump or something? It detracts greatly for this otherwise superb analysis.

    6. Irene
      January 30th, 2012 @ 4:55 pm

      The sound comes from the course plotter that creates the drawing on the screen.

    7. Girish Patil
      June 30th, 2012 @ 9:17 pm

      Human error can not been seen as crime. Anybody cam make error. Electronic Chart Display Information System – a computer based system that uses GPS and mapping to pinpoint a vessel’s location – should have sounded an alarm the moment the ship left its course.
      Girish Patil

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