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House To Hold Hearings on Cruise Ship Safety

Wednesday, January 18, 2012 - 03:12 PM

The Costa Concordia leans on its side after running aground on the tiny Tuscan island of Giglio, Italy (photo by Gregorio Borgia/AP)

In the wake of an Italian cruise ship running aground in the Mediterranean, House Transportation committee chair John Mica (R-FL) announced Wednesday that he will hold a hearing reviewing U.S. cruise ship safety.

“The Costa Concordia tragedy is a wakeup call for the United States and international maritime organizations to carefully review and make certain we have in place all appropriate standards to ensure passengers’ safety on cruise ships,” Mica said.  Congressman Frank LoBiondo, who will co-chair the hearings, said "although it is early in the investigatory process, it appears the Costa Concordia was a preventable tragedy."

No date was given for the hearing. You can read the release here.

 

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