War on Somali Piracy Needs Rules and Impregnable Citadels

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.

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Court rules Costa Concordia captain unfit to run ship

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.”

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Costa Concordia removal plan approved

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.  

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Over 150 saved from stricken Taiwan ship off China

Straits Times

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.
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Carnival Stepped Up Lobbying After Costa Concordia Disaster

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.
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Performers suing for $200M following Costa Concordia wreck

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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.

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Costa Concordia settlement reached

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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.

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