So with the cruise ship costa concordia running aground and array of stories and reports, I happend to hear one of the reasons why it all happen.
"Prosecutors believe the captain may have deliberately ordered the 1,500-cabin liner to sail close to the island of Giglio to sound a three-horn salute in what locals call an â€œinchino,â€ or reverent bow, to the inhabitants.
Its decks illuminated, the Costa Concordia has previously sailed close to the picturesque island and sounded its foghorn in tribute.
The â€œshowboatingâ€ was meant to be a treat for the passengers on the first night of their cruise, and a treat for the islanders too.
This time the apparently harmless greeting ended in disaster, as the liner foundered on a reef just 1,000ft offshore.
Mr Foschi said that the course that the captain had decided to take was â€œhis own initiative, contrary to the written rulesâ€ of the company.
He said that Costa ships have their routes programmed, and alarms go off when they deviate.
â€œThis route was put in correctly. The fact that it left from this course is due solely to a manoeuvre by the commander that was unapproved, unauthorised and unknown to Costa,â€ he said.
Sergio Ortelli, the mayor of Giglio, told The Times that, based on briefings he had attended, he believed Captain Schettino had been planning a three-horn salute to Giglio when he crashed."
I guess only now we just wait to find out the true reason's behind it all. Just a shame that poor preparation from one company & their crew will eventually make our working lives sooo much harder!