Friday, January 20, 2012

Watch GPS Track of Costa Concordia Running Aground

The detailed reconstruction of the route of the Costa Concordia on the night of January 13. The track was produced by Dutch company QPS - specializes in navigation software - based on the GPS information of the ship. La Repubblica

And that rock is exactly where the chart says it is. No matter how old your charts, the rocks are still in the same place.

H/T @veniviedivici


Anonymous said...

grounding of the Costa Concordia

Himself said...

Thank you.

It would be interesting to see how far the vessel traveled
before she came about.

It's hard to tell from the graphic, but it might give an insight as to whether or not the Captain was in denial after hitting the rock.

I suppose the info is out there somewhere, but in truth I ain't all that interested.

It's all over bar the shouting, and the spin of course.

Anonymous said...

The Captain said the ship struck "uncharted rocks". It may have been a way of saying an unidentified object struck the ship. There were two submarines in the area. E

Himself said...

A submarine didn't fire that rock stuck in her hull.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

Himself said...


Yes of course, something I hadn't really thought about, a ship of that size would burn bunkers, not light oil.

No wonder they are fearful.

Himself said...


In my backyard. You will be able to see from the pics, just how shallow draughted these things really are.

A plank with block of flats on top. Still the best analogy to describe modern ferries.

They ended up chopping it into little pieces on the beach to get rid of it.

Anonymous said...

le capitaine ne faisait pas le poids, il a été "agressé" par un rocher en pierre alors que lui n'était qu'en tôle!!! ?

bdodge said...

I'm a sailor, and own a 28 foot fixed keel sailboat (which I've run aground - there are two kinds of Pamlico Sound sailors; those who've run aground, and liars - &;>). I've sucessfully captained charters up to 53 ft. It appears to me that the intended course was along a line more to the north, which would have been into the Bay where Giglio Porto is. The captain (or possibly someone in the bridge crew) realizes the error and changes course (~11 secs in the video), and almost misses the rock - too late/too little course correction. After the round the point where they struck the rock, they resume the intended course, a curve through the bay. I don't think they realized they were in deep doodoo until just before they reversed course, about 30 seconds into the video. Had they known earlier, they wouldn't have started a course change to starboard, away from the port & safety, and back toward their normal course. I'll bet the captain's mindset was that the point to the South was like the point to the North, and he didn't bother to check the charts when he realized the initial error - he just assumed it was safe to sail around the Southern point with the same bearing and distance as the Northern one - which he had done before. When you find you're not where you thought you were, check the charts; if you don't have time, reverse course. If you don't know where you are, the only course you know is safe is the one you just sailed in

Anonymous said...

Fuel removal begins on Costa Concordia cruise ship

Himself said...


Thank you for your comment but please forgive my late reply, I have been without service for days.

We share similar experiences, me being a live-aboard for ten years on a 27ft long keel boat.

You may find my post, ''Why Mega Cruise Ships Are Unsafe: Opinion'' of interest.

Good luck, safe sailing.


Anonymous said...

The GPS track and course was perfect. The helmsman made a common error.