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Haven't the cruise ship designers learned anything since the Titanic?
I was looking at the pix again, and I realized that's actually a gigantic rock that's wedged in the hull.
I'll bet that the hole actually let ballast water out of the hull, which would make the other side heavier. This would shift the center of gravity AND the center of bouyancy. If they are not in line, there is going to be a problem. If you GOOGLE Couger Ace you will find an example of what can happen. They did not hit anything, just rotated too much ballast water and became top heavy.
You mean there's ever a right way to sink?
[Initially]Those on board said the ship suddenly tilted to the port side. Passengers were later advised to put on their life jackets. When the ship later turned around, attempting to head back to the harbour, it began to list approximately 20° to the starboard side, creating problems in launching the lifeboats
It would seem to me that a very simple solution to determine if there was any damage to the right side of the ship would be to have a submersible follow the exact path that the Concordia took to see if there is evidence of any rock formation that may have impacted the right side of the ship.