The paper "Causes, Triggers, and Drivers of Costa Concordia Disaster" is a perfect example of a management assignment. The Costa Concordia, a cruise ship built in Italy in 2004 and operated by Costa Crociere, ran aground on 13 January 2012 off the Italian coast. Evacuation of cruise passengers took approximately 5,5 hours longer than that prescribed by maritime law (30 minutes) and 32 people died. The Costa Concordia’ s grounding represents a major change event as discussed below. 1.Analyse and discuss the various CAUSES, TRIGGERS, AND DRIVERS of the disastrous Grounding and wrecking / partial sinking of the Costa Concordia [10 marks] Causes of the sinking According to investigations carried out by a number of authorities such as the Italian Marine Casualty Investigation Central Board and the European Maritime Safety Agency, the accident was caused by human error.
The investigations revealed that the captain of the ship sailed the ship too close to the Giglio Island where it hit some rocks. However, this sail-past was on schedule (BBC). Some passengers testified about the accident and claimed that the cruise ship was sailing at a relatively high speed of 30 km/h at the time of the accident which was intended to recover time lost during the captain’ s personal activities which specifically were to dance with an ex-dancer (Squires, 2012).
Prosecutors thus called for criminal prosecutions and charged the captain with manslaughter and also for violating the Italian Penal Code and Code of Navigation which included abandoning passengers (Captain Left ship, 2012). Drivers Scheduling to the sail past. It was reported that the sail past close to the Giglio Porto Islands was the sailing schedule of the ship. This scheduling did not carefully assess the dangers of a sail-past in an area of shallow waters thus increased the risk to the ship.
There was no indication from the management of the company that sail-past events were handled special high-risk processes that require a careful and unique approach (… … .). The need to impress the passengers and the people of Giglio Porto Island. Previous ships, also captained by Captain Schettino, had made impressive sail-pasts along with the Islands.
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