Official: Costa Concordia Captain Twice Refused to Reboard Ship

The captain of the Costa Concordia cruise ship that crashed off the coast of Italy two years ago twice refused to go back on the vessel while it was at risk of sinking.

That’s what an official who coordinated the rescue of the passengers testified in court Monday during the trial of Capt. Francesco Schettino, who stands accused of manslaughter and abandoning ship.

Police official Carlo Galli said Schettino insisted he needed to coordinate the rescue from shore rather than climb back on board. This, despite international law that dictates a captain should be the last to leave a sinking ship.
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Costa Concordia captain didn’t speak of dead, lawyer says

A lawyer for the owner of the Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia told an Italian court Tuesday that the captain made no mention of those who died in the shipwreck two years ago, but instead boasted that he had saved lives with his skill.

Cristina Porcelli, a lawyer for Costa Crociere SpA, testified Tuesday in the manslaughter trial of the ship’s captain, Francesco Schettino. She said Schettino told her and other company officials the day after the ship capsized on Jan. 13, 2012 that the reef which the vessel smashed into off Giglio Island wasn’t on nautical charts.

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300 become ill on cruise ship

Royal Caribbean is singlehandedly killing your faint remaining desire to still take a cruise after the Costa Concordia. 300 passenger and crew members were suffering from vomiting and diarrhea as the ship sailed into San Juan, Puerto Rico on Saturday. It’s the the second major health incident for the cruise line in just a month. The Center for Disease Control is investigating, and the ship is being sanitized, thankfully.

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Cruise trends 2014: Image rehab and new ships

A couple of eye-popping new ships, the ever-growing popularity of river cruising, and efforts to restore consumer confidence are among the headlines in cruise news as 2014 unfolds.

But don’t expect ships to keep getting bigger. Instead, look for theme park-style attractions and new offerings in dining and entertainment. Here are some details.

THE BIG PICTURE

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), which represents 95 percent of cruise capacity worldwide with 63 member cruise lines, forecasts 21.7 million guests will cruise this year, up from 21.3 million in 2013.

The Caribbean remains the world’s most popular cruise destination, included on 37 percent of global cruise itineraries, followed by a 19 percent share for the Mediterranean.

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Experts board Concordia to look for more clues

Experts have boarded the Costa Concordia cruise liner to investigate whether there is more to the ship’s sinking than is contained in the prosecutors’ case against its captain.

A team on Thursday examined the bridge and elevators of the ship, which sank Jan. 13, 2012, killing 32 people, and was righted on site in September. Experts are trying to determine if any factors beyond human error contributed to the shipwreck, and next month they will examine the emergency generators.

A judge granted a request for the onboard investigation sought by Capt. Francesco Schettino’s defense and a consumer group representing victims.

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Experts start inspection of Concordia

A group of technical experts, judges and lawyers set off to board the Costa Concordia on Thursday for an inspection of wrecked ship. The findings of the inspection will provide evidence for the trial of former captain Francesco Schettino, who faces charges of multiple manslaughter and dereliction of duty in connection with the Concordia’s January 2012 shipwrecking off the Tuscan island of Giglio that led to the death of 32 people and the injury of hundreds more. It is the first time the Concordia has been boarded since the successful outcome of a parbuckling operation in September to raise it from its semi-submerged perch off Giglio. The first party inspecting the ship is made up of three judges, court-appointed experts, and lawyers and consultants representing the Concordia’s owner, Costa Cruises. Other groups will inspect it later on Thursday.

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Costa Concordia: Two years on

The recent announcement that the Costa Concordia removal operation will take place in June, two years after the cruise liner was grounded off the coast of Italy, brings to mind the unprecedented scale of the salvage operation.

However, while the cost of the salvage has contributed to making it a very significant loss, the Costa Concordia appears to have had little effect on some parts of the marine insurance market.

Costa Concordia timeline

13 January 2012
Costa Concordia sets sail from the port of Civitavecchia near Rome, carrying 4229 people. That evening, it strikes a rocky outcrop off the Tuscan island of Giglio. People jump into the freezing waters to escape – while captain Francesco Schettino is found ashore.
14 January 2012
Prosecutors detain Schettino and his first officer on charges of manslaughter.
17 January 2012
Schettino is released and placed under house arrest.
27 January 2012
Costa Crociere, the ship’s owner, agrees to pay uninjured passengers at least €11 000 each in compensation.
12 February 2012
The salvage operation starts, pumping 2400 tons of fuel from the from the liner to avoid an oil slick.
May 2012
The plan to remove the wreck is unveiled. Floating the vessel, which weighs 114 500 tons, will be the biggest ever salvage operation of a passenger ship. The plan is then delayed to September 2013.
10 April 2013
Costa Crociere accepts limited responsibility for the disaster and is controversially fined just €1m.
July 2013
The trial of Schettino begins. He requests a plea bargain deal, and the court accepts plea bargains for five other suspects – the head of ship owner Costa Crociere’s crisis unit, the helmsman, Schettino’s deputy and two more crew members. Schettino remains on trial.
16 September 2013
Salvage begins.
January 2014
Announcement that removal of the Costa Concordia removal will begin in June is made.

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Cruise-line industry says it’s vastly improved safety since on-the-water disasters

After a bruising couple of years for the global cruise business, ship operators have emerged with a sharper focus on safety and reliability — and on setting travelers’ minds at ease.

Two years after the fatal grounding of the Costa Concordia in Italy, the industry has adopted new rules on emergency drills, ship operations and life jackets, and has introduced a “passenger bill of rights.” And Costa owner Carnival Corp., has announced massive investments in ship upgrades following the disabling fire aboard the Carnival Triumph a year ago.

“I first started cruising in 1965 and certainly I’ve not seen this level of attention and focus on safety,” said Douglas Ward, author of 2014 Berlitz Cruising and Cruise Ships. “I think all the cruise lines are definitely going in the right direction.”

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Who will get ‘most expensive wreck recovery ever’?

Italy: The Costa Concordia cruise vessel will be floated off the seabed near the Italian island of Giglio in June to be towed away and scrapped. But it has yet to be decided where the ship, which is some two-and-a-half times the size of the Titanic, will be dismantled, reports Engineering & Technology magazine.

The Costa Concordia capsized two years ago after hitting rocks, with the loss of 32 lives. According to Franco Gabrielli, the man tasked by the Italian government with overseeing the salvage operation, around 12 companies are expected to bid for the dismantling contract.

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The rising cost of shipwreck removal

Due to increasing vessel sizes and growing cargo volumes, the cost of removing shipwrecks, such as the stricken Costa Concordia, is spiralling, marine experts warn, according to Lloyd’s, the world’s specialist insurance market.

Shipwrecks are often a massive media event, frequently combining reports of heroism on the high seas with dramatic scenes of stricken vessels spilling their cargoes. But after the TV crews have moved on, the essential and sometimes dangerous work of wreck removal gets underway. And, as a new report from Lloyd’s reveals, the cost of this complex job is rising fast – with insurers and reinsurers, and ultimately shipowners, having to foot the bill.

The wreck of the Costa Concordia cruise ship, which spectacularly ran aground off the coast of Italy last year, has highlighted the issue of rising wreck removal costs. It has already cost significant sums of money and the wreck has not even been moved yet.

The bill for removing the wreck of the MV Rena, a container ship which sank off New Zealand in 2011, currently stands at $240 million. The removal of the MSC Napoli, which attracted thousands of scavengers to the UK’s south coast in 2007, took two and a half years to complete and cost $135 million, according to Lloyd’s.

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