Lauderdale judge dismisses Concordia lawsuit

Sun-Sentinel
A Fort Lauderdale judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by several Italian businesses against Carnival Corp. and its subsidiary Costa Cruises seeking damages for financial losses suffered due to the Costa Concordiacapsizing. Earlier this week, District Judge Robin Rosenbaum, citing a Forum Non Conveniens doctrine, approved Carnival’s motion to dismiss the class action suit.

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Costa Cruises case tossed in Florida

South Florida Business Journal (blog)
Miami maritime attorney Jim Walker has fresh evidence to back his contention that U.S. courts are the wrong venue for claims arising out of the Costa Concordia tragedy. Walker reported today that a federal judge in Florida ruled that such suits should 

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Italy cruise ship disaster crew win seafaring award

Reuters
ROME (Reuters) – The crew of the Costa Concordia, the huge liner which capsized off the coast of Italy in January killing as many as 32 people, won the Lloyd’s List “Seafarer of the Year” award for 2012. The citation for the award said the crew provided “true examples of courage and professionalism” during the dangerous night evacuation of the ship after it was fatally holed by a rock off the Tuscan island of Giglio.The ship’s captain Francesco Schettino has been blamed for the disaster and faces charges of multiple manslaughter, causing the accident and abandoning his ship before the evacuation was complete.”The ‘Seafarer of the Year’ award recognizes the competence, heroism and professionalism displayed by the sailors every day.”
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Costa Cruises sailing back to profitability

USA TODAY
Bookings at Costa Cruises are bouncing back from the sharp drop seen in the months after the Costa Concordia accident, and the brand should be back to profitability by next year, according to executives at the line’s parent company. Carnival Corp. vice chairman Howard Frank told Wall Street analysts Tuesday that consumer research shows the perception of the Costa brand is gradually improving in each of the line’s major markets. .

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The Human Factor on the Costa Concordia: How Can We Address Onboard …

Maritime Professional (blog)
According to press reports of the leaked investigation into the Costa Concordia tragedy, poor judgement, inadequate training, and language barriers were all apparently contributing factors. Of these, communication issues are in some sense the most

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Cruise industry rebounding from ship accident, woes in Europe

Los Angeles Times
Industry leaders and analysts say the $37-billion industry is slowly rebounding from the crash of the Costa Concordia on rocks near the Tuscan island of Giglio in January and Europe’s economic woes. With the peak cruise booking period set to begin in January, industry executives say cruise trip reservations seem to be on the rise. A survey of 300 travel agents in North America in July found that 64% expected bookings in 2012 to surpass last year’s numbers.

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Costa cleanup ‘according to plan’ despite some delays, Salvage operation cleared for second tranche of funds

Gazzetta del Sud english
(ANSA) – Florence, September 18 – Cleaning up the half-sunken Costa Concordia cruise liner off the coast of Giglio island is going according to plan, according to supervisors from the region of Tuscany on Tuesday. “Results of the program have been satisfactory,” said Tuscan regional cabinet member Maria Sargentini, despite “some delays”. Sargentini and a board overseeing the cleanup approved a second tranche of funds Monday to continue salvaging the cruise ship

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Experts: Blunders, delays contributed to Costa disaster

ROME– Court-appointed experts have pointed the finger of blame primarily at the captain of a cruise ship that ran aground off Italy, but also faulted the crew and ship owner for a series of blunders, delays and security breaches that contributed to the disaster and the deaths of 32 people.
The Costa Concordia ran aground and capsized Jan. 13 off the Tuscan island of Giglio after Capt. Francesco Schettino took it off course in a stunt.

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