Concordia captain blames bridge team

Former captain Francesco Schettino raised his voice and blamed officers for being “at fault” in the January 2012 Costa Concordia cruise ship disaster during his trial on Friday.
“It was the fault of the bridge team,” Schettino said to Alessandra Guarini, lawyer for one of the passengers, during questioning.

Schettino is the only person on trial after Costa Cruises and a number of crew members and company staff reached plea bargains with prosecutors in the sinking that killed 32 people.

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RINGASKIDDY TO GET 90 MARINE JOBS

A US company that helped salvage the Costa Concordia cruise liner is one of three marine companies creating more than 90 jobs in Ringaskiddy over the next five years.
Salvage firm Resolve Marine is locating its European headquarters in Cork Harbour, creating six jobs and will be joined by wave energy company Resolute Marine Energy which is creating 80 positions.

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Costa Concordia captain faces questions

Costa Concordia captain faces questions
A damning new video shown Wednesday at the trial of Francesco Schettino, captain of the wrecked Costa Concordia cruise liner, appears to show him boarding a lifeboat with passengers still clearly on board the doomed ship.
It was presented to the court as Schettino took the stand for a second day.
Schettino’s lawyer, Domenico Pepe, asked the court not to admit the fuzzy videotape that appeared to show the captain getting onto a lifeboat from the ship’s bow wearing the same jacket and tie he had on at dinner before the ship crashed.
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Costa Concordia captain combative

Francesco Schettino, captain of the wrecked Costa Concordia cruise ship, took the stand for the first time Tuesday, combative and contradicting the testimony of not just his first captain but also what he has said in the past about the deadly shipwreck.

Schettino — who is charged with manslaughter, causing a maritime disaster and abandoning ship with passengers still on board — denies wrongdoing. He faces up to 23 years in prison if convicted.

He remained defiant even while painting a picture of confusion on board the ship as the disaster unfolded, pointing the finger at others for the chaotic evacuation of the ship’s passengers.
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South Korea ferry disaster

South Korea ferry disaster

Comparisons are being drawn between the sinking of the Sewol ferry and the 2012 Costa Concordia disaster.

The causes may be very different and the toll far heavier but Italian media have pointed to similarities between the ferry disaster of the Sewol in South Korea and the Costa Concordia cruise ship crash in 2012.

“A case of Schettino in Korea” has been the recurring headline in Italian newspapers in the past few days, a reference to the Italian liner’s captain, Francesco Schettino, who is now on trial for the accident in which 32 people lost their lives.

With South Korean rescuers reporting 270 people missing and 32 confirmed dead, Italian media have focussed on the role played by the ferry’s captain Lee Joon-Seok, who was arrested on Saturday along with two of his crew.

Here are five similarities between the disasters:
1. Questionable captains authority
2. Delayed evacuation.
3. Difficulty maneuvering on capsized ship
4. Difficult conditions such as low visibility
5. Captains abandoned ship

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Passenger Hurt in New York Seastreak Crash to Get $5M

Passenger Hurt in New York Seastreak Crash to Get $5M
Three passengers injured when a commuter ferry crashed into a lower Manhattan pier in 2013 have recently settled lawsuits for a total of nearly $6 million, including $5 million for a passenger who suffered brain injuries.

The settlements were signed by U.S. Magistrate Mark Falk this month in the ongoing litigation against Seastreak LLC, owner of the vessel.

More than 80 people were injured on Jan. 9, 2013 when the Wall Street-bound Seastreak crashed into a dock near the South Street Seaport, sending people tumbling down stairs and into walls.

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Italian officials sue Costa Concordia owner for $275 million

Costa Cruises, a unit of Carnival Corp., was hit with huge lawsuits by officials from Tuscany and the island of Giglio, who allege that the January 2012 disaster contributed to a major decline in area visitors.
Italian officials are suing the owner of the doomed Costa Concordia cruise ship for an eye-watering $275 million — over claims the liner disaster destroyed local tourism.

Costa Cruises, a unit of Carnival Corp., was hit with the mega-lawsuits by officials from Tuscany and the island of Giglio on Monday, according to reports.

They allege that the January 2012 disaster contributed to a major decline in visitors to the area, which they say will take “years” of investment to rectify.
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Victim’s body found from sunken South Korean ferry

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The first body found in three months was being recovered Tuesday from the sunken South Korean ferry, increasing the official death toll to 295, officials said.

The government task force said in a statement the body was found around a women’s toilet in the ship. The badly decayed body was being pulled up to the surface and DNA tests were planned to identify the victim, according to task force officials.

Victim’s body found from sunken South Korean ferry

I survived the Costa Concordia disaster by clinging to rope

When the Costa Concordia cruise ship hit rocks off the coast of Tuscany in January 2012, 32 people died. But for Emily Lau, 30, a musician from Oregon, making it ashore was just the start of the nightmare…

Through the chaos I felt calm.

There was a lot of fear and panic on that dark deck, with terrified crowds fighting to get on the remaining lifeboats, but I wasn’t frightened.

Looking at the surging crowd, realising we’d been pushed further back, I made my decision.

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Ferry service resumes after car plunges off dock

A crash froze ferry runs for Friday night when a 60-year-old Belfair man died crashing through the Southworth Ferry Dock barricade, driving himself into the bay.The sheriffs office got calls just after 6 pm friday about the SUV at 32 mph. The drowning/crash victim was taken to St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma. Washington State Ferries say ferry service has resumed.

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