Malum Nalu: Kimbe Queen ordered off PNG waters

By Malum Nalu
It led to three of the company vessels being held at Buka wharf, Bougainville, by relatives of the survivors and victims of the mv Rabaul Queen disaster days later.THE passenger ferry mv Kimbe Queen has been ordered into dry dock for inspection by National Maritime Safety Authority (NMSA) officers after it ran aground on Wednesday.The vessel ran aground on a reef in Bialla waters off West New Britain on Wednesday morning while sailing from Rabaul to Lae. It had 34 passengers on board. Read More

Costa Concordia captain Francesco Schettino facing new charge

Ottawa Citizen
Captain Francesco Schettino (C) of cruise ship Costa Concordia is escorted into a prison by police officers at Grosseto, after being questioned by magistrates in this still image from a video January 17, 2012. Schettino is facing another charge. The captain of the sunken Costa Concordia cruise liner is being prosecuted for failing to describe to maritime authorities the scope of the disaster.

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Costa Concordia: Eight more bodies found as death toll rises to 25

Metro
Eight bodies, including that of a five-year-old girl, have been found by divers on the capsizedCosta Concordia cruise ship. It brings the number of confirmed dead since the ship hit rocks off the Tuscan island of Giglio last month to 25. The young girl is likely to be Dayana Arlotti, who was last seen with her father attempting to find a way off the stricken ship. Read More

Costa Concordia death toll grows as eight more bodies found, one of a missing

National Post
by Dario Thuburn ROME — Eight more bodies, including a five-year-old Italian girl, were found in the wreck of the Costa Concordia as Europe’s biggest cruise ship operator was caught up on Wednesday in the probe into the tragedy. Three managers of Costa Crociere received formal notifications that they were under investigation along with four officers from the liner, joining Captain Francesco Schettino and first officer Ciro Ambrosio as suspects Read More

Overhead Bin – 8 bodies found in Costa Concordia wreck

By msnbc.com news services
The Costa Concordia, a luxury liner carrying more than 4200 passengers and crew, struck a rock off the Tuscan coast on Jan. 13. A gash in the ship’s side flooded the engine rooms and caused the vessel to capsize. Dozens of survivors are suing Carnival Corp. and its subsidiary Costa Cruise Lines for at least $528 million in damages. Read More

Laws leave cruise-ship victims at sea

Reuters UK
By Tom Hals, Andrew Longstreth and Steve Stecklow (Reuters) – When Walter Henry Alderfer learned last month about the Costa Concordia shipwreck off Italy, it brought back bad memories. In April 2007, he, his wife and his daughter were aboard the Sea Diamond cruise ship when it struck a reef off Greece and sank into the Aegean Sea. Screaming passengers fought over life preservers, Alderfer says, and his wife hurt her neck and later needed surgery.
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To cruise, or not to cruise?

Toronto Sun
That’s a question even veteran cruisers are asking themselves with the shipwreck of the Costa Concordiaoff the Italian island of Giglio last month. Even as the cruise line industry tightens its safety procedures – with more rules and regulations for sure to come – it’s a haunting spectacle. The harrowing images of frightened passengers scrambling for their lives and the recovery of 17 bodies with 15 still missing have sent shudders throughout the industry and public.
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Concordia fuel mission is on schedule

Independent Online
The oil tanker Elba (right) and oil recovery sea platform Meloria (centre) are seen near the capsized cruise ship Costa Concordia which ran aground off the west coast of Italy, at Giglio island, on January 13. Salvage crews say the fuel-removal operation is proceeding well so far. Salvage workers have pumped over a third of the fuel out of the shipwrecked Italian cruise liner Costa Concordia. Read More

Lawyers say Costa Concordia had taken dangerous route before

Monsters and Critics.com
Rome – The Costa Concordia had allegedly sailed dangerously close to the Italian island of Giglio several times before the night of January 13, when it sank, according to documents submitted by lawyers representing several of the shipwreck’s survivors. The documents also appear to suggest that ships owned by the Costa Crociere company had made at least 10 similar ‘close passages’ to land, contradicting previous statements made by the company, the ANSA news agency reported Monday
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