Cruise Safety Expert: Costa Concordia Disaster a Wakeup Call

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Nexus Consulting offering safety expertise following Italian Carnival Cruise Line debacle.

Any loss of life at sea is tragic, but the Costa Concordia disaster is even more traumatic since it was entirely preventable

Nexus Consulting Group of Alexandria, LLC, a leading provider of private maritime safety and security solutions, is announcing the availability of consulting services around cruise ship safety. Headed by Captain Bill Doherty, retired safety manager for Norwegian Cruise Lines and Nexus’ Director of Maritime Affairs, Nexus’ cruise safety initiative will provide passengers the highest degree of safety and security available while they enjoy their getaways.

“Any loss of life at sea is tragic, but the Costa Concordia disaster is even more traumatic since it was entirely preventable,” said Captain Bill Doherty, director of maritime affairs for Nexus. “The passengers should have been mustered and briefed in Emergency Stations, evacuation, or all other prerequisite safety information prescribed by the ISM.”

“What is of grave concern is there seems there was no post-casualty testing, mandated by US laws, to verify the Captain hadn’t been intoxicated. The Captain left the scene of the crime before the testing could even be considered, which certainly should raise some questions as well.”

As a 49-year mariner, Captain Doherty is instrumental in the implementation of Nexus’ ship safety initiative, and will be releasing a an assessment of issues, concerns and remedies now that the Concordia operation will turn from a rescue to a recovery operation in the coming days.

“Nexus welcomes the news that U.S. Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman John L. Mica of Florida (along with Subcommittee Chairman Frank LoBiondo of New Jersey) is conducting a hearing to look into US-flagged vessels’ safety, and the subsequent increased security of all cruise line passengers,” Doherty added.

With anticipated criminal and civil action for behavior during and following the Costa Concordia disaster, Captain Bill Doherty’s expertise is in growing demand. To schedule an interview, please contact Nexus Consulting at 703-224-8984.

For more information about Nexus or to receive a free consultation please contact the sales department at: info (at) ncga (dot) us

About Captain Bill Doherty
Captain Bill Doherty is a 1967 graduate of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, a licensed US Coast Guard Master-Unlimited tonnage, and qualified First Class Pilot, Prince William Sound, Valdez, Alaska. Captain Doherty has served on numerous US Navy warships and was the Head of Maritime Affairs for the Chief of Naval Operations during Operations Desert Storm. Over the course of his career, he has commanded tankers, containerships, research vessels, high-speed ferries, and was an instructor at his alma mater. Before retirement, his latest position was as Safety Manager for Norwegian Cruise Lines. Captain Doherty now serves as the director of maritime relations for Nexus Consulting.

About Nexus Consulting Group of Alexandria, LLC
Established in 2005, Nexus Consulting is a US veteran-owned and operated private safety and security company that places unprecedented focus on compliance while actively protecting passengers, crews, equipment and cargo from maritime threats. Internationally, Nexus Consulting is taking the lead in maritime security utilizing the Nexus Solution. Nexus also offers marine safety and security consulting services to private shipping fleets, cargo vessels and cruise lines.

Visit Nexus online at: http://www.NCGA.US

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