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Hearing Examines Cruise Ship Safety Regulations

Survivor Divya Sharma testifies

Survivor Divya Sharma testifies

Washington, DC
Wednesday, February 29, 2012

In the wake of the Costa Concordia shipwreck, the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee held a hearing on cruise ship safety Wednesday.

U.S. Coast Guard Vice Admiral Brian Salerno, two Concordia survivors - husband and wife Sameer and Divya Sharma - and cruise executives testified in front of the subcommittee.

In addition to reviewing current U.S. cruise ship safety regulations, the subcommittee discussed the performance of the international safety standards on which both the U.S. and Italy base their safety regulations. They also took a close look at the Costa Concordia accident to determine whether the safety standards were followed and to discuss how to ensure that a similar accident won't occur in U.S. waters.

The Costa Concordia cruise ship wrecked off the coast of Italy, in the Mediterranean Sea, on January 13 of this year. The death toll has reached 25.

Updated: Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at 4:30pm (ET)

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