Columbia International Affairs Online: Policy Briefs

CIAO DATE: 06/2012

A 100 Years since the Titanic: The Costa Concordia Grounding

Mansoureh Shahryari

January 2012

Maritime Institute of Malaysia


The initial Safety of Life At Sea (SOLAS) Convention which dates back to 1914 was a direct consequence of the sinking of the Titanic two years earlier a century ago. The 100-year anniversary of the tragedy of the Titanic is the theme for the World Maritime Day 2012 proposed by the International Maritime Organization (IMO). According to the former Secretary General of the IMO, Mr. Mitropoulos, this theme would provide an opportunity to take stock of improvements in maritime safety over the 100 years since the sinking of the liner, and examine whether the lessons drawn from one of the most costly (in terms of human lives lost) accidents have been applied.