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COSTA CONCORDIA Reportedly May Have Had a Steering System Failure

I received from a good friend a great link that tracks the movement of the COSTA CONCORDIA which can be viewed at this site => http://gizmodo.com/ship/.

If you review the tracking and the article that follows, it is suggested that when Captain Schettino was attempting his close pass to "wave" to the people on the island on the ship's port side, the ship was going too fast when it initiated the turn. As a result, the navigation data shows that the turn initiated by the Captain came too late and weak, which may indicate a steering failure before the first hit. It is argued that this idea is reinforced by the fact that the Captain did not try to back down hard instead of just utilizing the rudder to quickly turn the ship.

It would be interesting to hear other's views on this latest suggestion.

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