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Industry experts say modern passenger ships such as the Costa Concordia, that ran aground off Italy’s west coast at the weekend, are equipped with state of the art global positioning systems and collision avoidance radar tracking facilities. Nevertheless, the human dimension is still vital.

"All these gizmos are aids to navigation and it does not absolve you, as master, from taking responsibility for exercising good seamanship which is constant monitoring of your position accurately and making reference to all available material including printed charts and the local knowledge of the area," said John Dalby, chief executive with specialists Marine Risk Management.

"At all times the master is responsible for the safe navigation of a ship, and he ultimately bears the risk responsibility here."

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