A broken-down cargo ship was drifting towards the fringes of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef Saturday, with fears of major damage if it were to run aground at the World Heritage-listed site. Authorities were rushing to the assistance of the Hong Kong-flagged bulk carrier, the ID Integrity, which broke down north of Cairns.
The 90th session of the International Maritime Organization’s Maritime Safety Committee, under way in London, will cover much territory, including passenger-ship safety (“Remember the Costa Concordia”), standards for voyage data recorders and the and the protection of crew members’ hearing from engine noise. But the big topic is piracy, not just off the coast of Somalia — where there were 237 attacks last year, up from 219 in 2010 — but increasingly off western Africa, South America and Southeast Asia. The incidents cost the shipping industry, insurers, navies and law enforcement more than $7 billion in 2010. Read More Bloomberg
By Reuters Italy’s top appeals court ruled on Wednesday that Francesco Schettino, the captain of the Costa Concordia, was unfit to command the cruise liner which ran aground and capsized off the Tuscan island of Giglio in January, causing at least 30 deaths. In a written explanation of its decision to maintain a house arrest order against Schettino, the Court of Cassation said he had shown “little resilience in performing command functions or in handling responsibility for the safety of persons under his care.” Read More worldnews.msnbc Read More News Track India Read More The Telegraph Read More All Voices Read More msnbc Read More ABA Journal
Agenzia Giornalistica Italia
(AGI) Rome – The plan for the removal of the Costa Concordia cruise liner was approved today. The ship ran aground off the coast of Giglio Island on 13 January. The conference for the presentation of the plan was held today in Rome at the Civil Defence Department chaired by the Commissioner for emergencies, Franco Gabrielli. Read More agi.it Read More CNN Traveler Read More Digital Journal Read More gadling Read More injuryboard.com
More than 150 people were rescued from a stricken Taiwanese passenger ship near China’s coast on Tuesday, officials said, after the vessel started taking in water. The ‘Golden Dragon’ boat – with 153 people on board, including five crew members – was on its way from Taiwan’s Matsu island to China’s southeastern province of Fujian when it ran into difficulties. Read More Straits times
NY Four Hungarian performers on the ill-fated Costa Concordia cruise ship are collectively seeking $200 million in damages in a Federal gross negligence complaint (12CV-3498, filed May 3, 2012) that has been filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York against the ship’s owner and operator.
After the Costa Concordia wrecked off the Tuscany coast in January, killing 32 people, lobby spending by its corporate parent soared. Carnival’s lobby bill in Washington last quarter totaled $522,000 – three times the amount spent the prior quarter. In its lobby reports to Congress, the company listed three areas of concern: unearned passenger revenue (advance payments for voyages), emission control and cruise ship safety. Read More First Street Research Read More Sun Sentinel
Four performers who entertained passengers on the doomed Costa Concordia are suing the luxury liner’s owners and operators for $200 million. The musicians and dancers — all from Hungary — accuse Carnival Corp. and the Italian Costa Crociere SpA cruise line of “gross negligence” in the deadly Jan. 13 crash off the coast of Italy. Read More Fox News Read More Washington Post Read More Big Pond News Read More Port Technology
The owner of the Costa Concordia cruise liner that ran aground off Italy has agreed to pay $11000 to each of the 235 French nationals affected. And a settlement has been reached for survivors of the Costa Concordia disaster.The owner of the Costa Concordia cruise liner that ran aground off Italy has agreed to pay $11,000 to each of the 235 French nationals affected.