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Going Down with the Ship

January 17, 2012

I’m sure you’ve all heard about that Italian cruise ship that ran aground, tipped over and crashed. Seems like it’s call the captain’s fault. The guy pulled a Zapp Brannigan.

It’s a cruise. The route was determined long ago and was preset into as many instruments aboard the ship as possible. The captain, instead chooses his own route. This route ran through water that was no where near deep enough for cruise ships to pass through. And once the boat gets stuck, the captain jumps ship and flees the scene.

Italian maritime law actually dictates a captain go down with the ship. A captain who leaves his boat in danger is punishable with upto twelve years in prison. On top of that, this captain will also have to face charges of manslaughter because some passengers on the boat died as a result of the boat going down.

What the heck was this captain thinking? Isn’t going down with the ship lesson number two in captain school after lesson number one: what’s a boat?

Listening to the news yesterday, I heard that other cruise lines had their stock plummet. Investors fearing that people won’t want to cruise anymore had them selling off their stock. Not that I blame the investors. I imagine a lot of people will opt for other vacations that cruises in the coming year.

This one guy, one person, this one greaseball screws up royally and now a bunch of people are dead and an entire global industry is going to suffer.

I hope this guy spends the rest of his life in prison for this crap. And on top of that, they should tie this guy to a stake in the middle of Rome and let passer-bys pelt him with tomatoes.

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10 Comments leave one →
  1. January 17, 2012 7:07 am

    apparently he didn’t even stick around long enough to give the order to ‘abandon ship’. his crew members did that… tomatoes filled with rocks.

    This guy freakin’ bolted. What a dick!

  2. January 17, 2012 8:35 am

    Hm, now of course here in Britain we have jokes about Italians being cowards – based on their performance in North Africa in WW2 as enhanced by the British propaganda machine. Things like Italian tanks having 1 forward gear and 5 reverse. This captain’s actions here just reinforce that.

    I guess the passengers are lucky that it didn’t happen in colder waters.

    Still better than the French.

  3. January 17, 2012 9:06 am

    I think my favourite part of the whole fiasco was someone I heard in the radio. He said that at a point where they were sliding across the decks trying to avoid being hit by flying furniture, an announcement was made along the lines of “Please do not panic – we are currently experiencing GPS problems”. No shit Sherlock!

    Please not to panica. We agonna crash. You alla gonna die. I’ma outta here.

  4. January 17, 2012 9:13 am

    Wow, what a travesty. I didn’t hear he’d fled the scene. I’m with you — pelt him with tomatoes. But maybe instead of tying him to a stake, they could handle it the way the OLD Romans did, and nail him to a cross for the pelting.

    Nailing to a cross. That is so BC.

  5. January 17, 2012 9:42 am

    I know people who are going on a cruise this year. I wonder how cheap it could have been if they had waited until now to purchase their tickets.

    I wonder if they can still cancel without penalty then rebook.

  6. January 17, 2012 10:54 am

    I do imagine the rates for cruises have dropped significantly.

    Just what a teetering industry needs. Lower costs. That will attract better captains and crew.

  7. January 17, 2012 1:33 pm

    How do you see the Italian navy? With glass bottomed boats.

    The latest is they are blaming a waiter. It’s always the server’s fault.

    This happened once before in the late 80s/early 90s. An Italian (I think) crew including the captain fought with passengers for lifeboats and were the first ones to flee the sinking ship.

    Good times.

    Italian boats haven’t seen a hero since Ben-Hur.

  8. January 17, 2012 9:11 pm

    I read that he went off the planned course to “salute” (i.e. show off the ship) at the port. Sounds like a dumb-ass idea to me. They should feed him to the lions in the Colosseum.

    The guy he was saluting saw the boat and called the authorities to say the boat was in unfit waters for a boat that size.

  9. Riot Kitty permalink
    January 17, 2012 10:35 pm

    That is so un-fucking-believable. An idiot as well as a coward. Just sickening.

    Whatever happened to heroes?

  10. January 21, 2012 3:52 am

    This is so unreal. That he would go off course just to show off – how did he ever get a captaincy with that level of irresponsibility? And now to claim that he “tripped” and just happened to fall into a lifeboat? Just wow. He’s acting more like a kid who got caught because he messed up while out joyriding. Shameful.

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