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21 Jan, 2012

Cruise Safety Expert: Was Costa Concordia Captain Drunk?

Alexandria, VA (PRWEB) January 20, 2012 — Nexus Consulting Group of Alexandria, LLC, a provider of private maritime safety and security solutions, is announcing the availability of consulting services around cruise ship safety. Headed by Captain Bill Doherty, retired safety manager for Norwegian Cruise Lines and Nexus’ Director of Maritime Affairs, Nexus’ cruise safety initiative will provide passengers the highest degree of safety and security available while they enjoy their getaways.

“Any loss of life at sea is tragic, but the Costa Concordia disaster is even more traumatic since it was entirely preventable,” said Captain Bill Doherty, director of maritime affairs for Nexus. “The passengers should have been mustered and briefed in Emergency Stations, evacuation, or all other prerequisite safety information prescribed by the ISM.”

“What is of grave concern is there seems there was no post-casualty testing, mandated by US laws, to verify the Captain hadn’t been intoxicated. The Captain left the scene of the crime before the testing could even be considered, which certainly should raise some questions as well.”

As a 49-year mariner, Captain Doherty is instrumental in the implementation of Nexus’ ship safety initiative, and will be releasing a an assessment of issues, concerns and remedies now that the Concordia operation will turn from a rescue to a recovery operation in the coming days.

“Nexus welcomes the news that U.S. Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman John L. Mica of Florida (along with Subcommittee Chairman Frank LoBiondo of New Jersey) is conducting a hearing to look into US-flagged vessels’ safety, and the subsequent increased security of all cruise line passengers,” Doherty added.