Costa Concordia News: Couple to sue owners for 2 million Euros

A British couple celebrating their anniversary onboard the Costa Concordia on January 13, 2012 say they will launch a lawsuit against the owners. John and Mandy Rodford want the company to “suffer” like they say that they’ve suffered.
The two were rescued from the cruise ship that night, taken off by lifeboat, Mandy Rodford told a court in Grosseto, Italy Monday, but not before they were traumatized by the events that unfolded around them.

She said the owners of the ship, the British-American owned Costa Crociere (trading as Costa Cruises) should pay for their trauma. “Costa Crociere has to suffer as we have suffered and continue to suffer,” she said. “We nearly lost our lives.”

Costa Concordia News: Couple to sue owners for 2 million Euros Digital Journal

Costa Concordia survivors John and Mandy Rodford seeking £1m in damages

  • John and Mandy Rodford from Rochester, Kent, were on dream Italian cruise
  • But fourth wedding anniversary celebration in 2012 ended in nightmare
  • They revealed their trauma at trial of ship’s captain Francesco Schettino
  • Hearing in Grosseto told the couple are each suing firm for a million Euros
  • Mrs Rodford: ‘Costa needs to suffer as we have – we almost lost our lives’

John and Mandy Rodford were among the last passengers to be plucked to safety from the stricken Costa Concordia, which struck rocks hours after leaving port for a seven-day Mediterranean cruise.

Both attended the trial today of the luxury liner’s captain Francesco Schettino, who is accused of multiple manslaughter and causing the disaster which cost the lives of 32 people – with one body still to be found.

Costa Concordia survivors John and Mandy Rodford seeking £1m in damages Daily Mail

Clini arrested for ‘misappropriating 3.4 mn in State funds’

A police report Monday said Former environment minister Corrado Clini, under house arrest on graft charges, misappropriated 3.4 million euros in public funds for a water treatment project in Iraq. Police placed the 67-year-old under arrest earlier Monday along with Padua engineer Augusto Calore Pretner for alleged graft. His time in office was marked by his handling of the environmental disaster surrounding the fatal January 2012 sinking of the Costa Concordia cruise ship, the remains of which still rest off the coast of the Tuscan island of Giglio.

Clini arrested for ‘misappropriating 3.4 mn in State funds’ Gazetta Del Sud Online

Aging Tuscan Port Vies to Dismantle Costa Concordia

PIOMBINO, Italy — Workers are hurriedly revamping the aged port in this smoggy Tuscan city, trucking in boulders to construct and fortify jetties, and enlarging its facilities to refit and dismantle ships. They are scheduled to dredge and deepen the harbor next month.

The work, part of a $154 million restoration that Piombino hopes will stop the port’s decline, has grown and taken on new urgency as the city competes to lure a special guest: the 950-foot-long wreck of the Costa Concordia, the cruise liner that hit a rock and capsized about 40 miles south of here two years ago.

The hulk is to be broken up for scrap, and the question of who will do the job and where it will be done is the latest chapter of a story that has moved from national shame — 32 people died in the wreck while the captain fled in a lifeboat — to engineering triumph, after a spectacular parbuckling operationturned the 114,500-ton ship back upright in September.

Aging Tuscan Port Vies to Dismantle Costa Concordia Slinking Toward Retirement

Tuscan leader vows to keep Costa Concordia work local

Tuscan leader vows to keep Costa Concordia work local

Local authorities attempt to force $275m demolition contract to be kept in Italy ahead of decisive Rome meeting next week, putting the $30m deal at risk from Boskalis for the use of the semi-submersible heavylift ship Dockwise Vanguard

The president of Tuscany has said he will ban the semi-submersible heavylift ship Dockwise Vanguard from approaching the Island of Giglio in a statement that seems set to make sure that the wreck of the Costa Concordia will be demolished in Italy.

Enrico Rossi says he is ready to physically prevent the Boskalis vessel, the largest of its type in the world, from entering the region to lift and transport the wreck because of environmental hazards. Lifting the stricken cruiseship onto the 117,000-ton-lift-capacity Dockwise Vanguard (built 2012) runs the risk of displacing thousands of tons of water, much of it polluted by the ship’s sewage and other contaminants.

Rossi is prepared to “deploy a small chain of boats around the wreck to protect it” from the Dockwise Vanguard.

The move would, in effect, prevent the wreck being transported to breaking yards in the UK, France or Turkey that are bidding for the job.

Instead, it will leave the owner and its underwriters with little option but to break up the rusting hulk at the Italian ports of Genoa or Piombino, which are desperate to take on the ship for economic reasons, and are only five days’ sailing away in Italy.

One local source closely connected with the project predicted: “She won’t be leaving Italy.”

Tuscan leader vows to keep Costa Concordia work local Tradewinds

Solutions needed to stop sea disasters

Solutions needed to stop sea disasters
The loss of Costa Concordia and more recently the Malaysian ferry disaster have highlighted the difficulty of launching and boarding lifeboats once a vessel has started to list or sink.

In the Costa Concordia’s case, as boats were being lowered ready to be boarded, the list (tilt) of the ship caused a gap between the lifeboats and the ship. Passengers had difficulty crossing this gap. Given that the boats are lowered from a height of about 20ft above the water, even those accustomed to height might find it intimidating.

Solutions needed to stop sea disasters WMN Letters by Mike Baker

Avis, Carnival, Royal Caribbean Shares Up Before Memorial Day CAR

Planes, trains, automobiles and even ships will be taking Americans to their Memorial Day destinations as more people are on the go this year compared with last. According to AAA Travel, 36 million Americans, 1.5% more than last year, will travel 50 miles or more for Memorial Day. The travel period in the report covers Thursday, May 22, through Monday, May 26.

Avis, Carnival, Royal Caribbean Shares Up Before Memorial Day CAR Investors.com

I Survived a Deadly Shipwreck: Costa Concordia Passengers Tell Their Stories

I Survived a Deadly Shipwreck: Costa Concordia Passengers Tell Their Stories
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Screaming and crying, a hapless crew, and a dive into the water—as the prosecution wraps up its case against the Costa Concordia’s captain, The Daily Beast talks exclusively to two passengers who wish they could tell the court what really happened.
“Time was endless, panic was amplifying, fear and confusion was overwhelming,” remembers Andrea Davis, one of the 4,229 people on board the Costa Concordia cruise ship on January 13, 2012, when it crashed into rocks off the Tuscan island of Giglio, killing 32 people. Davis will not be one of the 25 passengers giving testimony on Monday and Tuesday against Francesco Schettino, the erstwhile captain of the doomed cruiseliner who is standing trial for manslaughter, abandoning ship, and causing a maritime disaster, but if she had been called to testify, she says she would tell the court that surviving the crash was the easy part.

I Survived a Deadly Shipwreck: Costa Concordia Passengers Tell Their Stories Daily Beast

Costa Concordia Chaos: Survivors testify at Schettino trial

The trial of the Costa Concordia’s captain continues in Italy and last week it was time for survivors to tell of their experience that tragic night. They spoke of chaos and a legacy that includes panic attacks and post-traumatic stress disorder.
“Even now I have panic attacks,” passenger Ivana Codoni testified. “They never happened to me before the accident.” A hairdresser from Rome told the court that the moment of impact when the ship hit a reef was frightening. “We went from a mood of happiness and wonder at being on a cruise to panic,” she said.

Costa Concordia Chaos: Survivors testify at Schettino trial Digital Journal

Lifeboat, Passenger Safety, on IMO’s MSC Agenda

IMO advises that its Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) is to meet at the Organization’s London headquarters for its 93rd session, from 14 to 23 May 2014, and a preview of main agenda items follows:
The MSC is expected to adopt amendments to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) related to lifeboat safety; continue its action plan of work on passenger ship safety, following the Costa Concordia incident; review the draft mandatory Polar Code and related draft SOLAS amendments; adopt amendments to SOLAS and other treaties to make mandatory the IMO Member State Audit Scheme; adopt a number of other important amendments; and consider items submitted by the sub-committees.

Lifeboat, Passenger Safety, on IMO’s MSC Agenda Publication