After Sewol Ferry Disaster, Koreans Lower Trust in Government

About 600 bereaved family members of the SEWOL FERRY DISASTER victims — many of them high school students — joined a march in Gwanghwamun Square, a government district and popular rally spot, But it ended in a scuffle when demonstrators tried to break through police lines, injuring several people.

So why the paranoia over demonstrations in this powerful and stable democracy, where free speech hardly poses an existential threat to peace, order and the rule of law?

Traffic was halted and sidewalks were obstructed to prevent the advance of a mass demonstration of, well, poetry readings and memorial songs for victims of the Sewol ferry sinking.

The event revealed the incredibly low trust that the South Korean government places in its people — and the extent to which its people return the favor. The thousands of demonstrators were suddenly halted on the final stretch of a peaceful two-day rally, while demanding a parliamentary investigation into the disaster that killed close to 300 people.

After Sewol Ferry Disaster, Koreans Lower Trust in Government NBC News

Wireless Technology Can Dramatically Improve Ship Safety

The sinking of the Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia in 2012 – and the reported difficulties in evacuating over 4,000 people with the eventual loss of 32 lives –underlined the urgent need to accurately trace passengers during emergencies.

Indeed, while most people on board were brought ashore during a six-hour evacuation, the search for missing passengers and crew continued for several months.
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Giglio residents vote to keep Concordia platforms

Residents of the Italian island of Giglio, where the Costa Concordia smashed into rocks two years ago, want to keep six massive undersea platforms used to support the cruise ship to create an artificial reef.

Defying a decision by Italy’s environmental ministry, which wants to remove the platforms now the ship has been towed away for scrap, Giglio’s town council has voted to keep the huge structures, which sit 90 feet below the surface close to the island’s main port.

“The people here want them to stay, and I am backing popular will,” said Gigilo mayor Sergio Ortelli. “We have voted to ask the ministry to keep it, if it is environmentally sound.”

Giglio residents vote to keep Concordia platforms Publication

Nat Geo greenlights Costa Concordia documentary

National Geographic Channels International has ordered a one-off special that follows the recovery of sunken Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia.

The Raising of the Costa Concordia will launch on NGCI channels later this month.

The Windfall Films-produced doc will look at the engineering feats necessary to raise, re-float and tow away the ship, which capsized on the Italian island of Giglio in 2012 at the cost of 32 lives.

Windfall has been following 500 engineers, divers, welders and crane operators since that point to capture what NGCI describes as “one of the greatest engineering feats ever undertaken”.

“For almost two years, Windfall Films’ cameras have been following the project to re-float the Costa Concordia – close up…

Nat Geo greenlights Costa Concordia doce TBI Vision

Montco firm plays key role in Italian cruise ship’s salvage

After two and a half years, the shipwrecked Costa Concordia, whose tragic sinking off the Italian coast caught global attention, finally refloated to the surface last month with assistance from a Montgomery County-based company.

VideoRay L.L.C. of Pottstown supplied six Pro 4 remote operated vehicles (ROVs) systems, or “swimming underwater cameras,” in the Concordia operation to help salvage the Italian cruise ship and survey its wreck.

The Costa Concordia struck an uncharted rock off the coast of Giglio Island in January 2012. The engine room flooded, causing the ship to capsize. It was the largest cruise ship ever to sink, killing 32 people after it flipped.
The raising of the Costa Concordia is considered the most complex single-ship salvage operation in history.

VideoRay ROVs were used first on the Concordia by the Italian Coast Guard to assist rescue divers looking for accident victims, and several bodies were recovered during this phase.
Scott Bentley, founder and owner of VideoRay, said that the ROVs also assisted and monitored human divers and surveyed wreck damage during the salvage phase, logging approximately 45,000 hours of footage.

Montco firm plays key role in Italian cruise ship’s salvage Philly.com

Furor after Costa Concordia captain gives lecture on emergency procedures

Rome: A Rome university professor is facing a disciplinary hearing after inviting the captain of the shipwrecked Costa Concordia cruise liner to lecture students on emergency procedures.

The dean of Rome’s Sapienza University, Luigi Frati, voiced anger on Wednesday at the professor’s decision to invite Captain Francesco Schettino to give a seminar, calling it an “inappropriate and unworthy choice.” Mr Frati said he was turning the matter over to an ethics committee.

The university dismissed the “pathetic excuses” offered by the professor, Vincenzo Mastronardi, when confronted by the dean.

Furor after Costa Concordia captain gives lecture on emergency procedures Sydney Morning Herald

Bones Found on Costa Concordia

Divers have found human remains in the wreck of the Costa Concordia and will check whether they belong to the one person still unaccounted for 2 1/2 years after the luxury liner sank, Italian authorities said on Wednesday.

Russel Rebello, an Indian who worked as a waiter on the ship when it hit rocks and sank off the Tuscan coast in January 2012, killing 32 people, is the only victim of the disaster whose body has not yet been found.

Rebello’s relatives have been informed of the findings on the third deck of the ship, which is due to be broken up for scrap after being towed from Tuscany to the northern port of Genoa in July.
Bones Found on Costa Concordia Maritime Executive

Costa Concordia’s ‘Captain Coward’ Lectures Students on ‘How to Manage Panic’

Captain Francesco Schettino has been invited to speak at a criminology seminar linked to Rome University La Sapienza,sparking outrage among Italian netizens.

Schettino, who faces up to 20 years in jail for the shipwreck of the Costa Concordia that killed 32 people and injured 110, reportedly commented on a 3D model of the tragedy and explained to around 80 students “how to manage panic”. “I know how to react in those situations,” he allegedly said.

Costa Concordia’s ‘Captain Coward’ Lectures Students on ‘How to Manage Panic’ International Business Times

‘Costa Concordia’ salvage complete

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‘Costa Concordia’, the Concordia-class cruise ship that wrecked off the coast of Italy in 2012, has safely arrived at the Port of Genoa Voltri, marking completion of the largest maritime salvage job in history.
Crowley Maritime Corporation, subsidiary Titan Salvage and project partner, Micoperi, towed the disabled ship from the Tuscan Archipelago to the Mediterranean seaport of Genoa. The “delicate task” took a convoy of more than a dozen support vessels, including two tugboats with a combined 24,000 horsepower and 275 tonnes of bollard pull at the bow for the hull, and two additional auxiliary tugs positioned aft.
‘Costa Concordia’ salvage complete Maritime Journal

Delusional Mahama

President Mahama said on BBC today that if you are the captain of the ship, you can see further and you can see that you are on course. Unfortunately those who died on the Italian ship Costa Concordia believed that the captain knew that they were on course until they died. Like those who died on the Costa Concordia, many Ghanaians died for many reasons including poor health services and lack of food believing that we are on course. We who are left behind will be foolish to believe that the captain can actually see that we are on course.

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