Costa Concordia. I have been obsessively following this tragedy in the news, from the ups and downs of the numbers of people missing and dead, to the speculation of the causes:
So far, it looks like the accident was caused by ego and carelessness. Regardless of high technology, or backup charts, the human factor always poses a potential risk.
I was rooting for equipment malfunction. I was hoping that my post this week would be about the value of having a backup navigation system, of having, and knowing how to use charts, in the event that your electronics fail, of the importance of keeping your charts up to date.
I stand by the usefulness of printed maps and charts. I figure I shall go ahead and say this now, in hope that another accident does not come along to prove my point.