Costa Concordia Captain Schettino - Chicken of the Seas

The captain always goes down with the ship, the saying goes. 

Or at least the captain is the last to leave a sinking vessel.

But not on the Costa Concordia.

Passengers aboard the stricken Costa cruise ship say that they observed Italian Master Francesco Schettino draped in a blanket aboard a lifeboat heading to safety as the vessel's crew and passengers struggled for their lives.  There is also talk that the captain intentionally deviated from course to "buzz the island," which if true takes this case from sinple negligence to recklessness or intentional misconduct.   

Arrested in Rome for manslaughter and abandoning ship, Captain Schettino talked about "lateral projections of rocks" and other phantom rubbish, rather than his own foolishness, which tore the hull apart and doomed his cruise ship.  He boasted that he saved lives and was the last to leave the vessel, apparently forgetting about his chief purser who was trapped aboard the ship.  

The captain of a vessel is the supreme master of his ship at sea.  The captain is ultimately responsible not only for the safe navigation of the vessel, but for the discipline and order of the crew and the safety of all crew and passengers.

Initial reports suggest that Captain Schettino failed on all accounts.  In an unregulated industry which looks for a scapegoat, the cruise line will focus on an irresponsible and renegade captain as the sole cause of the disaster which unfolded this weekend.

If passenger accounts are correct, Captain Schettino will long be considered a coward who abandoned his responsibilities and duties after wrecking the Concordia and killing scores of innocents in the process.      

  

Francesco Schettino - Costa Concordia Captain - Abandon Ship

 

Photo credit:  Enzo Russo / EPA

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Gabs - January 16, 2012 2:06 AM

The officers of the Oceanos come to mind...

Gabs - January 16, 2012 5:13 AM

This is a video of the Concordia doing a "fly-by" of Giglio last year. Which means it's no accident they ended so close to the island, or that they were 4 miles off course as I read somewhere.

http://video.corriere.it/nave-concordia-al-giglio-/9dfa5ea6-3e9b-11e1-8b52-5f77182bc574

Sonya - January 16, 2012 8:53 AM

In this day and age did he really think he was going to get away with this. He would have been better of if he acted like he tried to save some folks on the ship. Now he is just a dumb a@@. I'm sure it's not all his fault, but when you are the leader....

Fred Pickhardt - January 16, 2012 10:50 AM

On my blog I recently wrote about a captain that 60 years ago did stay with his ship....

http://oceanweatherservices.com/blog1/

rose george - January 16, 2012 12:01 PM

I am a neutral observer, but also a journalist, so I know that facts must be checked before accusations can be made. It has by no means been proven that Captain Schettino (NOT Shettino) abandoned his ship. His Guest Services Manager, for example, says otherwise here:

http://gcaptain.com/shame-you-costa-concordias/?37697&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Gcaptain+%28gCaptain.com%29

Even if he did abandon his ship - and it's undeniable that his Chief Purser was left on board, though I'm not sure exactly how the crew was supposed to locate him in that situation - it is hardly edifying of you to call him "chicken" at this stage. Surely a lawyer knows better than to accuse without evidence?

Jim Walker - January 16, 2012 12:45 PM

If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it probably is a duck . . .

Gabs - January 16, 2012 1:05 PM

An article I found that supports my previous comment:
http://news.yahoo.com/costa-showboating-may-caused-italy-disaster-193239462.html

Rose, I agree that it's too soon to make assumptions and investigations should follow their course, but the italian prosecutor claims that the captain left beforehand (denied by the captain) so it's not an out-of-the-blue comment.

nobody - January 16, 2012 3:03 PM

Being the friend of someone should not be the reason for which you become captain.

cumme - January 16, 2012 3:13 PM

read up on the 'showboating' and the captain/ship.

rose - January 17, 2012 8:17 AM

I agree it looks more and more likely that the captain was at fault. I'm not defending him. And would never defend such stupid, dangerous showboating. I was just making the point that you were accusing without proof. He has been detained, not convicted.

Quack quack.

rose - January 17, 2012 12:19 PM

I take it all back. The transcripts of Coastguard calls to the captain are stunningly damning. I've translated the third phone call here: http://rosegeorge.com/site/its-dark-so-you-want-to-go-home

Gabs - January 17, 2012 4:15 PM

You decide for yourself if this is the real thing:

http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DA95mRZWeqPw%26feature%3Dyoutube_gdata_player&h=cAQHsj16jAQH35p1PbsDLqVcMendq73VhQnqUmVm6cBJ2vQ

Other news outlets seem to confirm it is and this is a damning piece of evidence against this guy.

jc - January 18, 2012 12:29 PM

No matter, shouldn't the onus ultimately be on the cruise line to prove he was trained and re-trained on an on-going basis. Carnival or Costa should have a nice written training program in place and they should be able to provide signed documents proving he was trained in company policy and such. Otherwise, there is no way Carnival can claim this was a case of "Independent Action" on the part of the Captain.

Gabs - January 18, 2012 7:50 PM

Not only that, but it's been proven that this was not the first time he got close to the island. He's done it successfully in the past. That is, going out of the planned route to do a fly-by of the island. So, why didn't Costa reprimand him or allowed him to continue in charge of such a big vessel? Or is it that Costa doesn't monitor its own vessels through AIS?

gs livens - January 18, 2012 7:57 PM

They need to dub him coward of the seas .he made the worse mistake of his life .he took that ship off course for what i want to know.how dare he do this with over 3900 people aboard this vessel. I read he slipped an fell in to alife boat who does he think is going to believe that .not me by far,if he slipped why didnt he land in the water! too bad he didnt hit the water an a shark happened by every one would be rid of this lieing coward that he is.i hope they find the couple whos family is worring about their parents alive perhaps trapped some where in the ship its possible to be alive on that ship an they cant get out .for these people i hope they find them alive some where .the captain isa sorrie human being ,he should be to blame not the first officer at all .

cruiser at heart - January 19, 2012 8:07 PM

If he fell in the life boat what is the reason he didnt get his A-- back on the ship the black box prove that! All the cruises I have taken I would HATE TO KNOW HE WAS MY CAPTAIN!! To all the family on that ship or lost love one or still looking for them you'll are in my prayers BUT PLEASE DONT LET HIM GET AWAY WITH THIS MAYBE IF HE WAS THINKING WITH HIS HEAD ON HIS SHOULDER THEN THE HEAD SOMEWHERE ELSE YOU WOULDNT BE FACING THIS NOW!!!!

cruiser at heart - January 19, 2012 8:08 PM

If he fell in the life boat what is the reason he didnt get his A-- back on the ship the black box prove that! All the cruises I have taken I would HATE TO KNOW HE WAS MY CAPTAIN!! To all the family on that ship or lost love one or still looking for them you'll are in my prayers BUT PLEASE DONT LET HIM GET AWAY WITH THIS MAYBE IF HE WAS THINKING WITH HIS HEAD ON HIS SHOULDER THEN THE HEAD SOMEWHERE ELSE YOU WOULDNT BE FACING THIS NOW!!!!

Toniann - February 29, 2012 11:41 AM

It scares me that this can actually happen this day in age. It's horrifying enough when natural diasters occur to cruise ships/cargo ships but for a Captain of such a well known cruise line to go out of his way just looking for trouble is mind boggling. The thought of him getting away with this angers me to no end. He is a COWARD and doesnt deserve the title of Captain. He abandoned his ship in a time of need to save his own life which just shows what type of "man" he really is. My heart goes out to those who lost their lives due to the Captains blantant stupidity. The family members of these people have every right to be outraged and seek justice for this case.

Doug - March 4, 2012 10:16 PM
walter - September 5, 2012 1:59 PM

today, it is not only Schettino, the culprit of the shipwreck, but also the Costa Cruises and harbor of Livorno, with its commander De Falco ... The charts on board the ship were not in compliance, and updated (as he rightly said Captain Schettino ..) and the Coast Guard had not checked the berthing of ships in that place ...

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