Cruise Ship Sinking Blamed on Map Errors

Via GeoCarta comes this curious story about a cruise ship accident that may have been the result of faulty nautical charts of the area, rather than negligence on the part of the ship’s crew. In April 2007 the Sea Diamond ran aground and subsequently sank on a reef off the coast of Santorini, Greece. “According to an official statement from the cruise line, the reef in question is actually located 131 meters from the coastline, instead of only 57 meters as was marked on the official map with which all ships were equipped. … Also, the official map indicated the depth at the point of impact was 18 to 22 meters; surveys have now shown that it is between 3.5 and 5 meters.” In which case the Greek navy, which produces the maps, are in trouble, rather than the crew.