The added value of 3D display in the Costa Concordia case

In order to analyze more in detail Giglio Area and Costa Concordia capsizing, we have decided to locate Costa Concordia with a real size scalable icon.

As you can see below, the Costa Concordia ship is too big to navigate in such a narrow place.

Even if we’re still not certain about the exact point of impact at the moment, it’s likely that it was close to Isole le Scole:

Costa Concordia ship in 2D (C-MAP by Jeppesen chart)

Here is a 2D display of the most probable impact zone. In 2D mode, we understand that this place is definitely made of shallow and rocky waters:

Probable impact area for the Costa Concordia ship in 2D (C-MAP by Jeppesen chart)

Probable impact area Costa Concordia 2D (C-MAP by Jeppesen chart)

3D mode brings added value to the chart information. It allows us to easily display and understand the prompt depth change. Let’s see the ship again in 3D:

Costa Concordia ship in 3D (C-MAP by Jeppesen)

And now, the depth of the potential impact area:

Probable impact area Costa Concordia 3D (C-MAP by Jeppesen)

Combined, 2D and 3D display modes give a better, more accurate and safer way to plan a route and avoid dangerous spots.

3 thoughts on “The added value of 3D display in the Costa Concordia case

  1. Carl Hitchings January 27, 2012 / 22:53

    Surely the Captain was’nt daft enough to go between those two rock outcrops??!! It is hideously shallow. The ‘impact area’ you suggest on the final map looks most likely. The Captain was reported as admitting that he turned too soon and this could have put the rear section of the vessel onto the rocks – the same reasoning why we don’t overtake a large articulated lorry on the inside on a roundabout!! If the Captain took the same route last year (as reported) it begs the question whether he was reprimanded for deviating from the ‘standard safe deep water route’ -allegedly this was required by his employer/the company. If he was not reprimanded by the employer last year surely the employer/company has contributed to his recent action of deviating from a safe deep route again? If this ship is equipped with devices to record deviations from the standard route the company must have known (?) and should also be accountable in the absence of written evidence that the Captain was reprimanded for previous deviations. If the company was ‘silent’ or failed to issue proper instruction surely it is complicit in his recent actions? Presumably this would have implications for liability & compensation and could assist those seeking it?

  2. MaxSea January 30, 2012 / 09:14

    It seems that, in any case, the evacuation operations -led by the company- have been widely criticised as slow and uncoordinated. Maybe the whole company has coordination issues regarding its procedures, which include reprimands…Thank you very much for your comment Carl.

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