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Cruise group launches safety review [Italy]
Author: Guy Dinmore, Giulia Segreti & Eleonora de Sabata, Financial Times, Published on: 20 January 2012
The parent of the cruise line whose vessel hit rocks off the Italian coast last Friday says it is launching a "comprehensive audit and review of all safety and emergency response procedures" across all its 10 cruise lines. In one of his first public responses to the accident – after which 11 bodies have been recovered and 22 people remain missing – Micky Arison, chief executive of Carnival Corporation, admitted that the Costa Concordia's grounding and capsizing had "called into question" the company’s safety and emergency response procedures and practices. "While I have every confidence in the safety of our vessels and the professionalism of our crews, this review will evaluate all practices and procedures to make sure this kind of accident doesn't happen again," said Mr Arison. Carnival owns a series of cruise brands, including Cunard, Holland America Line, P&O Cruises and Princess Cruises, as well as Costa, owner of the Concordia.