Concordia captain made route change

THE captain of the shipwrecked Costa Concordia cruise liner personally ordered a route change which took the vessel dangerously close to the island of Giglio, an Italian court has been told.

The Concordia ran aground and capsized near Giglio on January 13, 2012, killing more than 30 people.

Captain Francesco Schettino is accused of having steered the ship close to the island to repeat a stunt – a so-called “bow” – which had been performed before.

First Deck Officer Giovanni Iaccarino told judges in Grosseto that on the night of the disaster the captain ordered the crew to sail at a distance of half a nautical mile from Giglio, rather than the normal 5 nautical miles.

Concordia captain made route change: court The Australian