Cruise Ship Driven by Actively Using Addict
In January of this year, a cruise ship sunk when it hit land from being too close to shore. Captain Francesco Schettino, fled the seen before his passengers were safe. A recording was released that depicted his cowardly approach to the situation while the nature of his character lay in question. More recently, staff has come forward to confirm Captain Schettino’s indiscretions with cocaine and alcohol abuse as well as his use of women.
In June of 2010, Schettino made a similar mistake when entering a port. He damaged a cruise ship when pulling into a port; however, it did not puncture the ship. It seems that Captain Schettino was careless when it came to steering his ship and this carefree attitude has resulted in the death of some of his passengers in 2012. The Costa Concordia lies at the bottom of the ocean outside of the Giglio harbor as a reminder of the recklessness that occurred.
The Costa Concordia reports that taking illegal drugs is not tolerated and that they require at least 4 hours of abstinence from alcohol before starting a shift. I might be wrong but a heavy drinker will still have negative effects of alcohol occurring in his or her body even after 4 hours of not drinking. This timeframe may need to be rethought. It is also scary to think that routine drug testing is not effective, especially when testing those who have a responsibility of taking care of others, such as pilots, cruise ship captains, medical staff, etc.
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