Francesco Schettino, the captain of the cruise liner that ran aground off an Italian island two years ago, has been allowed to go back on board by a Tuscan court.
Judges in the city of Grosseto agreed to a request by lawyers for Schettino, who demanded that he takes part in a survey of the Costa Concordia later this week.
The request came as a team of lawyers and experts were due to inspect an emergency power unit on the 11th deck of the liner, which allegedly did not work on the night of the shipwreck in January 2012.
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Award- winning local haulage firm Grampian Continental has recently completed a six-figure contract with stricken cruise vessel, the Costa Concordia.
The Kinellar based firm has been working as part of the salvage project of the Costa Concordia, which sank in January 2012 off the coast of Tuscany, Italy.
The haulage firm, which was launched in 2009 by directors Gavin Murray, Neil Bremner and Michael Lacey, utilised its bases in Europe to help transport the specialist equipment that was used to raise the vessel out of the water, at the start of this year.
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Costa has been through the mill since the terrible incident with the Costa Concordia. Cruise bookings fell to worryingly levels, which forced the company to issue some never before seen price reductions, some of them felt as though the company was giving them away.
However, they have since bounced back, not to what they once were, but the recovery was always going to be a long process. We know that what happened was a terrible thing, but people still fly on planes even after hearing of a plane crash, and for many people this is the same when hearing that a ship has sunk.
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The cruise industry has played down the impact of recent negative publicity caused by a spate of gastrointestinal illness at sea and the lingering spectre of the Costa Concordia.
Just three weeks ago, Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas made headlines as more than 600 of its passengers and crew were struck by norovirus during a 10-day Caribbean cruise.
Within days, that incident was followed by another aboard Princess Cruises’ Caribbean Princess, with more than 160 of its 3,104 passengers falling ill.
Both episodes made headlines, with comparisons being drawn with last year’s infamous “poop cruise” aboard Carnival Triumph.
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On the night of the Costa Concordia tragedy, it was first mate Roberto Bosio who gave the order to abandon ship. As Bosio told the court in the trial of the Captain Francesco Schettino, Schettino refused to.
Instead the ship’s captain ignored numerous requests from officers to give that order and continued talking on a phone to the crisis center of the ship’s owner, Costa Crociere, acting as if he was in denial of the ship’s perilous condition.
Bosio, who has been credited by many with saving lives while going above Schettino’s head and giving the order, told the court that “since he (Schettino) wasn’t giving any input, the other officials turned to me for a decision.”
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Despite its popular image of vastness the Titanic was no bigger than a modern North Sea ferry.
The doomed liner was the largest ship afloat when it was completed in 1912, but a gas processing vessel to be finished in 2016 will be six and a half times its size and some giant cruise ships are almost five times bigger than Titanic.
Paul Stott, a senior lecturer at Newcastle University’s School of Marine Science and Technology, raised the issue because it has a relevance to another, more recent disaster, the loss of the Costa Concordia off the coast of Italy two years ago.
Reports of the ongoing salvage operation frequently refer to the vessel being around twice as large of the Titanic, he said in the Mariner’s Mirror journal.
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A document admitted as evidence to an Italian court on Monday indicated that the dangerous manoeuvre that led to last year’s deadly Costa Concordia shipwreck had been performed before, leading lawyers to suggest that it was standard practice.
The cruise liner crashed against rocks and partly capsized after captain Francesco Schettino made a detour near the Italian island of Giglio, allegedly to please head waiter Antonello Tievoli, whose relatives lived in Giglio.
On Monday, his lawyers submitted to judges trying Schettino a document from the Lloyd’s insurance group -which tracked the Concordia’s movements – showing that Captain Massimo Garbarino also took the vessel near Giglio on 14 August 2011. Massimiliano Gabrielli, a lawyer for survivors and victims’ relatives who backed the submission from the defence counsel, said Lloyds classified the 2011 manoeuvre as a “missed accident,” while ship owners Costa Crociere did not.
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An aerial view shows the Costa Concordia as it lies on its side next to Giglio Island
Amelia Leon was onboard the luxury Italian liner visiting her then boyfriend when it ran aground at Isola del Giglio, Tuscany, killing 32 passengers. Amelia Leon still has flashbacks of the terrifying moment her ship – the doomed Costa Concordia – began to sink.
It was to change the course of the young Birmingham singer’s life as she vowed never to return to sea.
But her ordeal has not stopped her singing career. Because the 24-year-old, who grew up in Selly Oak, is set to star on a Birmingham stage next Saturday.
“If someone starts talking about a boat or if I see pictures – the memories come back,” Amelia said.
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A diver died Saturday while working on the shipwrecked Costa Concordia, apparently gashing his leg on an underwater metal sheet while preparing the wreck for removal, officials and news reports said.
Italy’s civil protection agency, which is overseeing the removal of the Concordia from Tuscany’s coast, said the diver hailed from Spain.
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