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IMO safety committee to delve into Costa Concordia incident

IMO safety committee to delve into Costa Concordia incident
Passenger ship safety ranks high on the packed agenda of the International Maritime Organization’s Maritime Safety Committee session, which opened today in London and runs through May 25.

The MSC will consider a number of submissions relating to passenger ship safety after the item was added to the agenda following Costa Concordia’s deadly capsize.

The commmittee also expects to receive an update from the government of Italy on the status of the Concordia casualty investigation. IMO is represented as an observer on the body overseeing that investigation.

It is anticipated that the MSC will prepare an action plan to ensure a prompt response to the Costa Concordia incident and consider any other concerns associated with passenger ship safety.

The opening day of the MSC has been dedicated to piracy and a full policy debate among member governments on how the international community should deal with issues related to the deployment of privately contracted armed security personnel on ships and the carriage of arms on board.