“Looking at the pictures of the damage, it almost looks as if they saw it at the last minute, and they tried to swing the ship to the right to miss… But just like when you’re driving an RV or something, when you swing the nose to the right, the tail swings little to the left. If you look at the photos of the ship, you can see that the rock embedded in the side of the ship’s left port side…as if exactly that happened. She swung her tail over and kissed that rock.”
“Any given day in excess of 300,000 people are on board our ships, being safely carried to various locations throughout the world,” said Michael Crye, executive vice president of the Cruise Line International Association.
Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion — desperate to curb the city’s stiff budget hike planned for 2012 — spent part of Monday’s budget deliberations questioning plans for Halloween celebrations, telling staff that ice time is too cheap and opposing council colleagues by calling for paid parking in city parks.
Now, with even reserve funds dwindling, the mayor was questioning expenses, from the $10,000 set aside for a Halloween celebration, to $92 million to be spent over 10 years to acquire park space, and the cemetery budget.
There was a “lateral rock projection,” he said. “Even though we were sailing along the coast with the tourist navigation system, I firmly believe that the rocks were not detected, as the ship was not heading forward but sideways, as if underwater there was this rock projection,” he said.
Survivors of the wreck, however, described crew members who appeared overwhelmed. “There wasn’t anybody to help you,” said passenger Vivian Safer. “I mean, the passengers were loading the lifeboats by themselves.”