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    Re: A credible AIS track for the Costa Concordia
    From: Frank Reed
    Date: 2012 Jan 24, 21:19 -0800

    Derrick Young, you wrote:
    "I believe the term is “loss of situational awareness” would apply to this incident."

    It may. There's an aviation accident acronym that applies, too. CFIT, or, as I'm sure many NavList members know, "Controlled Flight Into Terrain". The captain here believed that he knew where he was and actively drove his vessel into the rocks. Accidents by CFIT were considered one of the major remaining sources of preventable casualties in commercial aviation back in the 1990s but as I understand it, better software, better GPS systems, and better training in these systems has significantly reduced CFIT. The maritime world may need to take a lesson from the aviation world again. If an automated voice in an airplane cockpit can issue "terrain" warnings based purely on GPS and software, then surely a cruise ship should have an automated voice announcing "rocks ahead: turn now!"

    -FER

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