Recovery of capsized cruise ship to go on day and night

Agenzia Giornalistica Italia
(AGI) Rome – Minister Clini said operations to recover the wreckage of cruise ship Costa Concordia will go on day and night. “We are ready to keep working day and night to make sure that this complex dossier can be closed, with our favourable view, in 20 days”, according to Corrado Clini.

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After Concordia: More New Safety Standards Adopted by Cruise Industry

Cruise Critic
In the wake of the worst cruise disaster  in a century, the industry’s largest trade organizations have announced a number of changes in safety protocol.The new policies, released in tandem by the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) and European Cruise Council (ECC), address issues related to personnel access to the bridge, passage planning and life jackets — three areas called into question when 32 people died in January after Costa Concordia hit a rock, capsized and sank off the Italian island of Giglio.Bridge Access. In a statement, CLIA said that “bridge access will now be limited to those with operational functions during any period of restricted maneuvering or when increased vigilance is required.” Spokesman David Peikan described the period for increased vigilance as “any time a vessel is constrained in its ability to freely navigate, such as in a restricted waterway/channel, entering a port, or an area where there is an unusually high volume or compression of vessel traffic.” Concordia’s captain, Franceso Schettino, was allegedly distracted by bridge guests at the time of the accident. He remains under house arrest on charges including manslaughter, causing a shipwreck and abandoning ship. 
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Congress Reviews Costa Accident to Find Procedural Safeguards

U.S. Politics Today
Congress recently held hearings on cruise ship accidents stemming from the Costa Concordia and Conciere events. Learn more about laws protecting passengers. April 26, 2012 /24-7PressRelease/ — The accident prompted Congress to hold hearings to learn more about how the accident occurred and how similar mishaps could be avoided. The hearing became especially compelling after a second event involving a Costa vessel occurred in the Indian Ocean. On February 27, 2012, a fire in the generator room aboard the Costa Conciere left the ship completely disabled and without power. Passengers and crew members languished without water and air conditioning for three days before the Conciere finally reached a Malaysian port.
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New cruise safety policies announced for industry
By Hannah Sampson 

In response to the fatal wreck of the Costa Concordia in January, the organization that represents the cruise industry announced a list of new safety policies Tuesday.They include: having more lifejackets aboard ships than are required by law; limiting access to a ship’s bridge at potentially dangerous times; and requiring cruise ship routes to be planned in advance and shared with all members of the bridge team. All are effective immediately
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Costa Concordia: Structural Integrity Key To Success Of Salvage Operation

Titan is the Pompano Beach, Florida, USA company that was awarded the Costa Concordia project along with the Italian marine contractor Micoperi. “The Costa Concordia is a massive, international assignment that will involve hundreds of personnel including naval architects and engineers, highly experienced salvage masters and a variety of specialists such as environmental consultants.” Joseph Farrell, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Resolve Marine Group, Inc., among the world’s foremost maritime emergency and disaster response, salvage and ship wreck recovery companies, says, “Removal of the capsized Costa Concordia cruise ship from the Tuscany coastline is one of the largest undertakings of its kind – this is a massive and complex operation which the entire world will be watching.”
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Capsized Costa Concordia to be salvaged in one piece

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Costa Concordia, the luxury cruise ship that ran aground off the Italian coast in January 2012, will be salvaged in one piece, according to a report. The US-owned company Titan Salvage has won the bid to remove the ship, which struck the island of Giglio on January 13, after its captain allegedly steered the liner carrying 4200 people close to shore in an apparent stunt.

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