According to an Italian newspaper, Corriere della Sera, technical elements of the ill-fated Costa cruise ship were reported before the ship set sail on its last voyage. Sealed doors were open, unapproved maps present and faulty instruments were some of the problems documented. Also, the “black box” aboard the ship was sending out ERROR notifications. The box was scheduled to be repaired on January 14th, according to a letter from Costa’s technical director to the maintenance company. Costa Crociere, the company which owns the ship, says that despite the error codes, the machine worked fine. They further said that there is not any regulation or convention that prohibits a ship from sailing under those circumstances.
July 21 there will be a court hearing where the full technical analysis will be shared. Currently, Captain Francesco Schettino and eight others are under investigation regarding the cruise ship accident.