Costa Concordia survivors fighting over shipwreck settlement

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Rock Center- Six months after the Costa Concordia ran aground off the coast of Italy, the massive cruise ship remains where it tipped over. Those who survived the crash have learned that the agreements they signed at the start of the cruise leave Carnival Corporation, the owner of Costa Cruises, with very limited liability for the wreck.
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Cruise giant Carnival charts a course to safety

Telegraph.co.uk
David Dingle, the UK boss of cruise giant Carnival, shifts around in his chair and thinks carefully about how to tackle the highly sensitive subject of the Costa Concordia disaster. This week will mark the six-month anniversary since that fateful night on January 13 when the luxury cruise liner, owned by Carnival’s Italian business Costa, hit rocks and sank off the Tuscan island of Giglio.

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Francesco Schettino, Costa Concordia Captain, Credits ‘Divine Hand’ In Accident

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Francesco Schettino, the captain of the doomed Costa Concordia, claims that “a divine hand surely touched my head,” sparing further catastrophe when his cruise ship crashed off the coast of Italy, a leaked letter to his attorney says. “If I had continued on that path the ship’s prow would have hit the rock. It would have been carnage
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Costa Concordia captain taken off house arrest, on town arrest

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The captain of the ill-fated Costa Concordia, the Italian cruise ship that listed and partially sank, Francesco Schettino, was taken off of house arrest but put on a ‘town’ arrest. An Italian magistrate made the change Friday.

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Costa Concordia captain guided by ‘divine hand’

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Francesco Schettino, the captain of the Costa Concordia ship which ran aground killing more than 30 people, claims a “divine hand” guided him during the disaster, preventing greater tragedy, reported Travel Mole, a British industry newsletter. In a letter explaining his version of events, published in Italy’s La Corriere della Sera newspaper, he defended his actions after the ship struck rocks and capsized off the coast of Tuscany in January.

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Covering a cruise ship disaster

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I first saw the Costa Concordia glinting in the winter sun from 20,000 feet as my flight from London made a slow descent on its way to Rome’s Fiumicino airport. It seemed a distant blade of light lying next to a speck of an island. A surge of gasps and chatter reverberated around the cabin as Italian passengers craned their necks to see it. As I later approached the island on a ferry, the ship again came into view almost as soon as the ferry left the mainland.
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‘Faulty instruments’ on Costa Concordia

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Rome – The Italian cruise ship which crashed in January killing 32 people was sailing with its sealed doors open, unapproved maps and faulty instruments, a newspaper reported on Tuesday citing investigators. Some of the technical apparatus on board the Costa Concordia had been broken since 9 January – four days before the tragedy on the Italian island of Giglio, Corriere della Sera said, citing leaked documents from the inquiry.

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Cruise ships calling to Irish ports face tighter inspections

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CRUISE VESSELS calling to Irish ports will be subject to “tighter” inspections as a result of the Costa Concordia sinking off Italy last January, according to the State’s Marine Survey Office. Checks on safety and crew handling of “abandon ship” drills and fire-fighting will be stepped up, the office, under the Department of Transport. Marine surveyors will also conduct “detailed, additional” checks on whether or not crews are trained and familiar with their vessels.

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Costa Concordia had faulty design, lawsuit alleges

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Another lawsuit has been filed in the aftermath of the Costa Concordia tragedy, this time against Carnival Corp. & PLC, owner of the ill-fated cruise ship that capsized this year, killing 32. The latest suit alleges that design faults on the Concordia hampered its evacuation, making it slow and problematic, according to a CBS report. The suit, filed in a California court by Mississippi lawyer John Arthur Eaves, is seeking a minimum of $10 million for two unidentified plaintiffs, plus punitive damages.

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Cruise industry expands safety rules in wake of Costa Concordia accident

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WASHINGTON (CNN) — Still reeling from the Costa Concordia accident in January that left at least 30 passengers dead, two of the largest cruise ship industry organizations have announced new safety policies aimed at helping both passengers and rescuers during an emergency at sea. Under two new rules, the nationality of all passengers aboard vessels will be kept on land and made readily available to search-and-rescue teams in an emergency, and passengers will be given a specific set of safety instructions during “musters,” or safety drills.

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