Houston Cruise Ship Accident Lawyer

January 16, 2012 @ 04:39 PM -- by

As a Houston cruise ship accident lawyer, I represent passengers and crewmembers who are injured due to negligence. Just recently, a major cruise ship accident occurred off the coast of Italy. The owners of the Costa Concordia, a $450,000,000 cruise ship which ran aground and partially sank near Giglio, a small island about 18 miles off the Tuscan Coast of Italy, and killing at least six people, has said that human error by its commander caused the mishap. The Costa Concordia is 5 years old and cost $570,000,000 to build. The ship has state-of-the-art navigation equipment. The ship apparently struck a rock and rolled over on its side in shallow water on January 16, 2012. There were over 3,000 passengers, 120 of which were American, and over 1,000 crewmembers aboard.

Costa Cruises, which is owned by Carnival Cruise Lines, has said that the 52-year-old captain, Francesco Schettino, may have taken the ship and its approximately 4,200 passengers and crew, too close to the rocky and dangerous shoreline. Six people are confirmed dead at this time, and at least 15 people, two of which are Americans, are still missing. At least 20 people were injured in the mishap. Divers are continuing to search the ship, which is lying on its side, for survivors. The ship was also carrying 2,300 tons of fuel, which has not leaked out so far.

Costa’s ships are fitted with alarms which were designed to sound when the ship deviated from the preprogrammed courses. The captain may have caused the accident by taking the ship too close to Giglio island. The Italian police have detained the captain for questioning.

Carnival Corporation shares have fallen by almost 16 percent in London trading on Monday. Analysts have noted that the total costs could be $600 million to $800 million. The wreck could end up being one of the largest marine losses on record. The Costa Concordia’s grounding occurred at the high-end, luxury cruise industry’s busiest time of year. Undoubtedly, there could be a huge drop in bookings in the near future.

Contact Houston cruise ship injury attorney Scott Nelson if you have been injured on a cruise ship and need assistance. Mr. Nelson serves all of Texas.