Kiwi company tracks cruise ship's last moments

Kiwi-based company PlanetinAction.com has tracked the final moments of the Costa Concordia's doomed voyage. Photo / supplied
Kiwi-based company PlanetinAction.com has tracked the final moments of the Costa Concordia's doomed voyage. Photo / supplied

A New Zealand-based company has created a simulation of the Costa Concordia in the moments before it hit rocks off the Italian island of Giglo last week.

PlanetinAction.com owner Paul van Dinther, from Waitakere City, Auckland, told the Los Angeles Times the video, which uses Google earth, used modelling based on cruise ship tracking data from Cleancruising.com.au and a radio system that transmits ship course and speed to other vessels.

The 47-year-old said he had used the website in the past to create digital tours used to sell cruise trips.

"When the Concordia went down, we thought, 'We have this model, maybe we can do something with it'," he told the Times.

Mr van Dinther said he plan to use the technology in the future to simulate news events.

- Herald Online staff

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