Costa Concordia Survivors Attend 1st Hearing On Shipwreck (PHOTOS)

Huffington Post
GROSSETO, Italy — The first hearing of the criminal investigation into the Costa Concordia’s shipwreck was held in a theater Saturday instead of a courthouse because of high demand, with angry survivors seeking compensation, justice and the truth. The judge at the hearing assigned four experts to analyze the cruise ship’s data recorder and ordered them to report their findings in July, confirming predictions by Prosecutor Francesco Verusio that examination of the data, as well as of conversations involving officers on the ship’s bridge, could take months.

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Angry survivors attend first hearing on Italy shipwreck

The Seattle Times
A criminal hearing in court into the sinking of the Costa Concordia cruise ship draws angry survivors and lawyers. By FRANCES D’EMILIO and TRISHA THOMAS Associated Press GROSSETO, Italy — The first hearing of the criminal investigation into the Costa Concordia’s shipwreck was held in a theater Saturday instead of a courthouse because of high demand, with angry survivors seeking compensation, justice and the truth. The judge at the hearing assigned four experts to analyze the cruise ship’s data recorder and ordered them to report their findings in July, confirming predictions by Prosecutor Francesco Verusio that examination of the data, as well as of conversations involving officers on the ship’s bridge, could take months.

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Raise It or Raze It?: How Will the Stranded Italian Cruise Ship Be Salvaged?

Scientific American
By Charles Choi | March 6, 2012 PRE-SALVAGE: A striking picture from the Costa Concordia accident. Image: EU Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection At more than twice the size of the Titanic, the Costa Concordia was the largest passenger vessel ever to sink when it capsized off Italy’s northwest coast on January 13. So far, Italian authorities say of the more than 4,200 passengers and crew on board, at least 18 are confirmed dead and 14 unaccounted for, and the insurance costs may reach $1 billion, according to Moody’s Investors Service

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What We Can Learn from the Costa Disaster

WebMD (blog)
The recent sinking of the Costa Concordia cruise ship off the coast of Italy is no exception. Before I begin, let me make it clear that I would never, not even for a nanosecond, suggest that this tragic event was a good thing because it teaches us something. I will, however, say that such events can serve to illustrate certain facts of life that are inescapable. Consider this: the passengers of the cruise ship were faced with a terrifying set of circumstances over which they had no control. The actions they chose during the critical moments could very well have meant the difference between whether they lived or died. They could not wish it away, they could not close their eyes and ignore it in the hope that it would resolve itself, and they could not ask someone to go through it for them. They had to do SOMEthing and they had to do it themselves, and they had to do it in spite of their fear.

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A cruise through the world of cruising ships

Daily Maverick
A US Senate investigation into the sinking of Italian ship Costa Concordia is bringing an industry accused of under-regulation into the spotlight.
There’s a kind of poetic irony in the fact that 2012, the 100-year anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, has already seen two high profile cruise disasters in its first three months. The sinking of Italian luxury liner, the Costa Concordia, on 13 January was followed by its sister ship, the Costa Allegra, losing power in the Indian Ocean in February after a fire and having to be towed to safety in the Seychelles.

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Disney Launches 4th Ship Fantasy amid Rising Concerns about Cruising

San Fernando Valley Business Journal
Some 47 percent of respondents to a SodaHead.com poll said they are less likely to take a cruise in the wake of last week’s fire aboard the Costa Allegra. The Costa Allegra, like the Costa Concordia, is owned by Carnival Corp, the same company that owns Santa Clarita-based Princess Cruises.The poll results follow a serious fire aboard the Costa Allegra last week, which necessitated the ship, with 1,000 people aboard, to be towed. The incident came just six weeks after the Costa Concordia ran aground off the coast of Italy killing 32 people.

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CRIMINAL CASE ON CRUISE SHIP WRECK OPENS IN ITALY

U-T San Diego
By GAIA PIANIGIANI NYT NEWS SERVICE Three experts tasked with studying the Costa Concordia’s recorded final moments
A court in Italy on Saturday appointed three experts tasked with studying the Costa Concordia’s black box and the cruise liner’s final movements before running aground near the island of Giglio on Jan. 13. At a preliminary hearing in the Italian city of Grosseto packed with survivors and lawyers, a university professor, a captain of the Italian navy and a coast guard admiral were given three months to supply judges with their expert report.

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Carnival Faces Public Relations Nightmare

Seeking Alpha
Carnival (CCL) has taken a hit over the last couple months beginning with the Costa Concordia incident in January of this year. Shares dropped from $35 to $29 when it first occurred. The share price was already down from its 52 week high of $41.95. Most people are familiar with the unprofessional way the crew acted during the entire situation. Especially the way that passengers were treated when they got off the ship. They complained that Costa was stingy and would not help them.

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