Thursday, January 19, 2012

#Carnival : Costa #Concordia - Cruis Lines Use Law And Contracts To Limit Liability

An Italian consumer and environmental group, Codacons, has announced that it is preparing a class-action lawsuit and that more than 70 passengers who were on board the ship that ran aground late Friday off the Tuscany coast have already signed on as plaintiffs. Other suits are sure to come.

Anyone trying to sue Costa Concodia’s corporate parent, Carnival Cruise Lines, though, will find that the company is stoutly protected by international law and by a carefully worded contract that passengers accept when they buy their tickets.

For its part, the company is heaping blame on the ship’s captain, Francesco Schettino, calling the accident “human error” and contending that the captain diverted the ship from its authorized route. The company, based in Miami, did not respond to requests for comment for this article.

CARNIVAL: Hanging The Captain out to dry ! We need to discover if this 'CAPTAIN' was qualified to steer that vessel in the first place.