South African heads up Concordia salvage

While the Costa Concordia remains on her side off the Tuscan island of Giglio, the salvage master, South African Mr Nick Sloane, who works for US-owned company Titan Salvage says the vessel has compressed about 3m since coming to rest on the rocks 19 months ago. Mr Nick Sloane, says everything is on track for the Concordia to be righted in September, adding the excitement was building around the site of wreck off the Tuscan island of Giglio, as his salvage team prepared to right the ship by using rope slings. Four of the six large platforms to be used for the ship to be rolled on to had been built and the other two should be ready by the end of next month.

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Cruise ship scare in Venice

Carnival Sunshine comes ‘dangerously close’ to shore.

The head of Italy’s Senate committee on art and culture called on the government to limit cruise ships passing through the Venice lagoon after an alleged close call over the weekend reignited local fury and fears of a disaster like the Costa Concordia crash off Tuscany last year that killed 32 people. “After the tragedy of the Concordia, there is still a safety risk tied to the passage of large ships. Especially in Venice, there is an intolerable risk percentage. The government must apply (changes) immediately,” said Andrea Marcucci. On Saturday witnesses reported that the 100,000-ton Carnival Sunshine passed within 20 meters of the Riva Dei Sette Martiri waterfront, not far from St Mark’s Square.

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