Der Spiegel is a very good news source, and now they translate many of their articles into English online. They call this (beyond captain's incompetence) a Maritime disaster waiting to happen. Looking at the pics of the big boat, the damned thing looks top-heavy. Decks upon decks, and very little underneath.
Note the precision of illustrations and graphs. These things are nuts. http://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/0,1518,810761,00.html