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USCG/NTSB states its participation in Italy-led Concordia casualty probe

The US Coast Guard, joined by the National Transportation Safety Board, are part of the Italian-led marine casualty investigation into Costa Concordia’s January grounding off the coast of Italy. Thirty-two people died, including two US citizens.

The USCG participation is hardly news since the US has been involved since the start as an interested party. Nevertheless, the agency’s headquarters on Monday issued a release stating its involvement.

It stated that evidence, timeline, analysis, conclusions, recommendations and a draft report are to be formalized over the next few months.

USCG added that it places the highest priority on the safety of passenger vessels, including those domestic and foreign vessels that embark passengers in the United States and embark US passengers worldwide, ensuring they are in compliance with international and domestic safety standards.

The agency routinely participates in casualty investigations, even those taking place overseas, and is instrumental in efforts at the International Maritime Organization to improve maritime safety, security and environmental protection standards.

USCG noted its involvement with NTSB in the Costa Concordia marine casualty investigation is consistent with generally accepted international marine casualty investigation practices and with Coast Guard statutory authority.

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