After reading your article, I’m appalled at many things: the flagrant behavior of cruise companies, flag states who refuse to comply in a timely manner to their responsibilities, Costa’s track record. As an author and world authority on the Andrea Doria collision (I’m also one of its survivors), I’m angry that safety of life at sea is still taken lightly. We have SOLAS, IMO, several regulatory agencies, yet progress is slow or non-existent as proven by the Costa Concordia incident. How many more lives have to be sacrificed before we have an international regulatory agency who oversees commercial and private companies–one that has the legal authority to hold criminal those who are in non-compliance? By not having such an agency, we will never feel that our lives our valued when they sail on our seas.