Twitter Smack Down!
A few minutes ago Senator John Rockefeller tweeted to Carnival CEO Mickey Arison:
".@USCoastGuard responded to 90 incidents with Carnival ships in 5yrs- with passengers onboard. This needs to change" http://1.usa.gov/152nF2x "
Senator Rockefeller linked his tweet to a letter he sent to Micky Arison today expressing his deep concerns regarding the safety of Carnival ships and indicated that he was not surprised by the latest incident today regarding the Carnival Dream. He also sent the Carnival CEO a list of questions and requested documents. You can read the remarkable letter here.
Senator Rockefeller also posted a Coast Guard spread sheet listing a "string of 90 marine casualty incidents with passengers onboard Carnival ships in the last five years." You can see the list here.
Senator Rockefeller wrote "just today, we’ve been reminded of Carnival’s dismal safety record with reports that the Carnival Dream is experiencing problems. The ship is stranded in a Caribbean port with no power and thousands of passengers trapped onboard. Last month, the Coast Guard spent almost $780,000 in responding to the Carnival Triumph incident – costs that are paid by federal taxpayers.”
Rockefeller held a Commerce Committee oversight hearing in March 2012, following the Costa Concordia disaster, to examine deficiencies in the cruise line industry’s compliance with federal safety, security, and environmental standards and review whether cruise ship industry regulations sufficiently protect passengers and the environment.
We attended the hearing and blogged about the hearing where Senator Rockefeller said to the cruise line representatives: "You Are A World Unto Yourselves."
Senator Rockefeller’s stinging rebuke of Carnival comes as the cruise industry just ended its annual cruise convention at the Miami Beach Convention Center. The cruise executives all touted the safety of the industry and how "rare" cruise mishaps allegedly are.
So far, no tweets by Arison in response to Senator Rockefeller’s tweet.
Arison spends most of his time on Twitter tweeting about his Miami Heat basketball team.