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18-FEB-2012 Walter O. Koenig

February 18

The 83,000 ton "Oosterdam"

The day after the recent accident of the Costa Concordia, I saw the Oosterdam perform a life boat drill.
In fifteen years of going down to the docks, it was the first time I had seen a drill.
Though there were a lot of passengers in lines ready to board this morning, one wonders how safe these huge ships really are.

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Carl Carbone24-Feb-2012 23:49
Great perspective. It really adds to the immensity. Amazing the they can float!
Helen Betts19-Feb-2012 21:11
What a great POV! I agree with another commenter that it almost looks ominous, making your question quite a valid one. V.
janescottcumming19-Feb-2012 16:31
Great point of view! V.
pkocinski19-Feb-2012 13:38
I think if people (both crew and passengers) follow safety rules, use common sense and excellent judgement then cruising is as safe as flying (safer than driving a car). That being said I am not a cruise person. Nicely captured image Walter.
LynnH19-Feb-2012 13:28
This is an excellent PoV. Shows off the ship's fast, sleek lines!! V
LynnH19-Feb-2012 13:25
I believe there are different laws regarding the timing of the drills. Ships departing from the U.S. are required to do drill as the ship is departing (not necessarily at the dock) and ships departing from Italy were required to perform the drill in the first 24 hours, so the drill was planned for the next morning.
J. Scott Coile19-Feb-2012 12:42
I had been on two cruises (98 and 01) and had never once worried about safety unit seeing the event this year. I all say that both of those cruises performed life boar drills before we departed.
Raymond19-Feb-2012 12:39
What a beauty ... wow
routerer19-Feb-2012 11:49
I wonder the same things Walter but i think/hope that the recent incident was a huge one off error, but it was surprising how easily and quickly the Italian ship capsized.
Nice shot btw, classic angle.
Stephanie19-Feb-2012 11:39
Impressive ship! :)
marie-jose wolff19-Feb-2012 10:07
a very impressive ship, excellent composition! V
Marc Demoulin19-Feb-2012 09:27
Superb angle Walter!! vVv
CM Kwan19-Feb-2012 09:19
Amazing PoV, Walter! V
Betty Vlasiu19-Feb-2012 06:20

Excellent composition and beautiful colours .
Anya19-Feb-2012 05:31
Great perspective! Ominous!
Bryan Murahashi19-Feb-2012 04:55
Fabulous shot. Does make you wonder how prepared the crews are after this strange event. V
Jeff Real19-Feb-2012 04:46
A wonderful perspective taht gives this a lot of drama ~V~
joseantonio19-Feb-2012 04:13
Amazing angle
soulis19-Feb-2012 03:51
Beautiful shot. V.
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