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Costa Concordia probe criticised for focusing on prosecution

THE focus of some countries on prosecution, rather than investigation, after a maritime accident is the Achilles heel of the passengership industry and action must be taken to learn from the mistakes made in the Costa Concordia.  Rear Admiral John Lang, who spent five years as the UK’s chief inspector of marine accidents, has criticised the focus of some countries on prosecution – rather than investigation – after a maritime accident, citing the inquiry into the Costa Concordia disaster.

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U.S. Coast Guard Participates in Costa Concordia

The U.S. Coast Guard, joined by the National Transportation Safety Board, will be part of an Italian-led marine casualty investigation into the January 2012 grounding and partial sinking of the cruise ship Costa Concordia off the coast of Italy. The incident left 32 people dead, including two Americans. Evidence, timeline, analysis, conclusion(s), recommendations and a draft report are to be formalized over the next few months of the investigation. The Coast Guard places the highest priority on the safety of passenger vessels, including those domestic and foreign vessels that embark passengers in the United States and embark U.S. passengers world-wide, ensuring they are in compliance with applicable international and domestic safety standards.

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Secretary-General Encourages Concordia Inquiry

MarineLink
“As the loss of the Costa Concordia amply demonstrated, those affected are quick to call for action. The international nature of the passengers and crew – with some 70 nationalities involved in the Costa Concordia incident – highlighted the need for an international response, through IMO, to take the appropriate and necessary action in evaluating, developing, and implementing any provisions that might be recommended and needed, following consideration of the outcome of the casualty investigation and any other relevant information.”
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Safety rules in wake of the Costa Concordia tragedy

Times of Malta
Maritime safety measures come under the spotlight when a disaster occurs. Last January 13, the cameras turned on Giglio island, where the Costa Concordia was grounded and capsized off the coast with more than 4,000 passengers on board. This incident prompted the enhancement of safety measures for European Union-based passenger ships. Even before, the Commission was discussing the possible revision of Directive 2009/45/EC which deals with safety rules and standards for liners. However, the Costa Concordia disaster pressured the EU to expedite the process for immediate action to be taken on the revision on passenger safety rules.

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Coast Guard to help in Costa Concordia grounding investigation

Government Security News
The U.S. Coast Guard will be part of Italian-led investigation into the grounding and partial sinking of the Italian-owned cruise ship Costa Concordia in January. Coast Guard said on Nov. 19, that it would participate with the National Transportation

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Costa Concordia captain hypes upcoming book, paints himself hero

DigitalJournal.com
In a talk with an Italian newspaper, Francesco Schettino, captain of the Costa Concordia, said a book he’s writing on the sinking of the cruise liner will reveals him to be a hero, not a coward. Schettino’s claim flies in the face of evidence. “Soon I will reveal the shocking truth,” Schettino told the newspaper. “And then all those people who denigrated me will have to apologize, not to me but to the families of the victims and to the public, which was conned with false information.”

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Costa Concordia Captain Francesco Schettino Claims ‘Shocking Truth’

Huffington Post
Captain Francesco Schettino gained infamy in January after abandoning his cruise ship, the Costa Concordia, when it sank off the Tuscan island of Giglio in Italy. Schettino allegedly piloted the liner too close to shore as a “salute,” which ended in disaster and the deaths of 32 people.Dubbed “Captain Coward” by the press, Schettino has faced a wave of criticism over the tragedy, which cost him his job, and may result in charges of manslaughter.

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Costa Concordia captain says owed apology

Gazzetta del Sud english
Rome, November 16 – The captain of Italia cruise liner Costa Concordia that hit a Tuscan island in January killing 32 people on Friday said he expected an apology from all those who called him ‘captain coward’ for abandoning ship. “All I read about me are indecent falsehoods,” Francesco Schettino told Il Giornale daily. “There is evidence that tells a completely different story…they want to make me out as a coward but that’s not so. I didn’t abandon ship”.

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