Costa Concordia trial

  • 32 people were killed when Costa Concordia hit rocks off Tuscany, Jan 2012
  • Captain Francesco Schettino is charged with dereliction of duty and multiple counts of manslaughter
  • Court heard Domnica Cemortan, dancer on the ship’s bridge, was his lover
  • She said she boarded the Costa Concordia as a non-paying passenger
  • If found guilty of the charges Francesco Schettino will face 20 years in jail

The dancer who was on the bridge when the Costa Concordia cruise ship hit a reef killing 32 people, has admitted at the captain’s manslaughter trial that they were lovers. Domnica Cemortan also told the Italian court that she boarded as a non-paying passenger hours before the crash near the island of Giglio, saying: ‘When you are someone’s lover no one asks you for a ticket.’ She dismissed the remark as a joke to her translator.

Moldovan Miss Cemortan said she had worked on the Concordia for three weeks in December 2011. The Moldovan dancer admitted she was Captain Francesco Schettino’s lover and boarded the Costa Concordia without a ticket The Moldovan dancer admitted she was Captain Francesco Schettino’s lover and boarded the Costa Concordia without a ticket She tried to dodge the question of whether she was romantically involved with captain Francesco Schettino, and only responded positively after being told she risked criminal charges for refusing to reply. Earlier the trial heard that the ship hit the reef after Schettino was disappointed at not getting close enough to it on an earlier attempt, his trial has been told.


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‘Madonna, what have I done?’

  • 32 people were killed when Costa Concordia hit rocks off coast of Tuscany in January 2012
  • Captain Francesco Schettino is charged with dereliction of duty and multiple counts of manslaughter
  • Court heard he ordered the ship to speed up in run-up to disaster
  • Said to react with disbelief, asking fellow officers, ‘Did we hit a reef?’
  • If convinced he will face 20 years in jail Read More

The sinking of the Costa Concordia in January last year is one of the worst maritime disasters in living memory, with 32 passengers tragically losing their lives.

Now new insight into the frantic moments before the cruise liner hit rocks just off the island of Giglio in Italy have been revealed.

The captain of the Costa Concordia, Francesco Schettino, is said to have cried out ‘Madonna, what have I done?’, as the cruise liner hurtled into rocks off the coast of Tuscany, an Italian has court heard.

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‘What have I done?’ Costa Concordia captain’s horror when cruise liner hit rocks

Capt Francesco Schettino exclaimed “Madonna, what have I done?” when the Costa Concordia smashed into rocks off the Italian island off Giglio, a court heard today.

“Did we hit a reef?” the commander of the 950ft-long cruise liner asked his fellow officers, according to an audio recording played in court in Grosseto, Tuscany, where he is on trial for abandoning ship, causing a shipwreck and multiple counts of manslaughter.

The Concordia, which in weight is more than twice the size of the Titanic, rammed into a rocky shoal just a few yards from the coast of Giglio on the night of Jan 13, 2012. In the ensuing evacuation, 32 people lost their lives, including a five-year-old girl.
The trial, which is being held in a municipal theatre to accommodate the large number of witnesses, technical experts and survivors expected to attend, heard evidence from Salvatore Ursino, one of the ship’s junior officers.

‘What have I done?’ Costa Concordia captain’s horror when cruise liner hit rocks

New York Times questions cruise industry safety procedures

A story in the New York Times yesterday raised disturbing questions about whether cruise ships have gotten too big to be safe.

Although incidents aboard the Costa Concordia, the Carnival Triumph and the Grandeur of the Seas have not resulted in any casualties, they do beg the question of whether megaships can handle emergencies at sea.

The biggest ship on the water, Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas, for example, holds 8,600 passengers and crew, as many people as a small town.

Given the size of today’s ships, any problem immediately becomes a very big problem,” the Times quotes Michael Bruno, dean of the engineering school at the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J., and former chairman of the National Research Council’s Marine Board, as saying. “I sometimes worry about the options that are available.”

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DNA test confirms missing Sicily victim on wrecked Costa Concordia

The identity of one of the two missing victims on last year’s shipwrecked Costa Concordia has been confirmed by DNA tests.

Italian authorities said the remains of Maria Grazia Trecarichi of Sicily, which were found by scuba divers inside the cruise liner three weeks after the incident, were confirmed, News.com.au reports. Trecarichi had booked a holiday on the Costa Concordia to celebrate her 50th birthday.

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Missing Costa Concordia victim identified

DNA tests have identified remains as one of the final two missing victims of last year’s deadly shipwreck of the Costa Concordia off an Italian island, the ANSA news agency reported Thursday.

The remains of Maria Grazia Trecarichi were found by scuba divers inside the cruise liner on October 8, three weeks after the 300-metre, 114,000-ton cruise liner was righted from the partly capsized state that it had lain in for 20 months.

It was moved as part of expensive and risky salvage operations.

Trecarichi had booked a holiday on the Costa Concordia to celebrate her 50th birthday along with her friend Luisa Antonia Virzi, who also died, and her teenage daughter Stefania and her boyfriend, who both survived.

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Comrie salvage expert to help in Costa Concordia operation

A Comrie man is set to travel to Italy on Sunday to play his part in the long-running operation to salvage stricken cruise ship Costa Concordia which capsized and sank almost two years ago.

Ken Heiser (71) will spend 10 days as captain of accommodation and support vessel, ASV Pioneer, which is home to a 450-strong crew of engineers, divers and support staff involved in the bid to raise and eventually remove the damaged ship.

It will be Mr Heiser’s second visit to the site, near the Italian island of Giglio off the coast of Tuscany, where the Concordia smashed into jagged rocks in January 2012.

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Human remains found on Concordia wreck

The remains “could be ascribable to the persons we are looking for,” the head of Italy’s Civil Protection agency, Franco Gabrielli, told the SkyTG24 news channel.

“Only DNA testing will be able to confirm it,” he added.

Indicating that the analyses would be carried out “in the coming hours,” Gabrielli urged caution.
“Nothing is definite, let us wait for the exams,” he said.

Thirty-two of the 4229 people on board the vessel died after it ran aground off the island of Giglio on January 13, 2012.

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ADUS Deepocean Undertakes 3D Survey of Costa Concordia Wreck

In April 2012, ADUS Deepocean was approached by Titan Salvage to undertake the project of facilitating a high resolution 3D survey of the Costa Concordia. The Costa Concordia salvage operation is the largest marine salvage operation of its kind and the ship was successfully righted mid September of this year. Upon righting the ship, scanning of the starboard hull with Sonar and Laser commenced with the expert guidance of the ADUS team.

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Salvaging the Costa Concordia: why an engineer’s dream is a daunting task

It was one of the biggest passenger ships to capsize, and it could require a vessel of equally epic proportions to remove the Costa Concordia from the rocky shores off the coast of Tuscany.

The 950 foot-long cruise liner ran into rocks and toppled over in shallow water off the island of Giglio in January 2012, killing 32 passengers. It was raised from its semi-submerged position last month in an ambitious feat of engineering involving a multinational team of 500 specialists.

Now engineers are looking at how to tow the battered, algae-covered cruise ship, which is twice the weight of the Titanic, away from Giglio, part of an archipelago and marine sanctuary.

Salvaging the Costa Concordia: why an engineer’s dream is a daunting task Christian Science Monitor