A senior cruise safety expect has been drafted in to oversee standards at Italian line Costa Crociere.

Tom Strang, who was based in Southampton, moves from parent company Carnival Corporation’s corporate maritime safety policy group.

The Genoa-based appointment comes eight months after the Costa Concordia disaster off the island of Giglio which killed 32 people.

Strang takes the new position of senior vice president maritime development and compliance covering the Costa Cruises, AIDA and Iberocruceros brands.

He reports to Costa group chief executive Michael Thamm and will be responsible for ensuring that industry regulations and safety standards are continuously updated and adjusted, according to the company.

“As well as guaranteeing compliance with industry standards and all national and international rules, he will lead the implementation of more advanced industry practices and promote a safety-centric culture,” Costa said.

Strang was previously vice president of maritime policy and regulation, responsible for all aspects of policy development in relation to health, safety and the environment across the Carnival Group.

He joined Carnival Corporate Shipbuilding in 2000 to oversee all safety aspects and moved in 2003 to corporate maritime affairs where he was responsible for technical aspects of maritime policy development across the group.