To prevent a repeat of the Costa Concordia
shipwreck, probably the costliest marine insurance loss on record, insurers
want tougher safety and training standards.
Ole Wikborg of the International Union of Marine
Insurance says "In the past, we have raised and discussed a number of
issues that will definitely come out of this investigation, like evacuation
procedures, crew competence, stability issues, safe navigation issues. We welcome
the opportunity to maybe make a change in the legal environment that regulates
this type of business."
The Costa, a cruise liner carrying more than
4,000 passengers and crew, ran aground and capsized off the Italian coast.
There have been questions on the quality of training as two out of three of the
crew were entertainment and hospitality staff.