Francesco Schettino , former captain of the Costa Concordia cruise liner appealed his 16-year sentence.
A court in Grosseto found Schettino guilty of multiple manslaughter, causing a shipwreck and abandoning his passengers.
Italian courtconvicted Francesco Schettino of manslaughter of 32 passengers and crew members, of causing the shipwreck in colliding with a reef near Giglio island and of abandoning the capsized vessel with people still aboard. The prosecution and defense are appealing the sentenced og 16 years in prison.
The salvage of Rena, which ran aground on a reef off Tauranga, New Zealand, in 2011, has cost NZD500 million (USD317.2 million). This makes the container vessel the second most expensive shipwreck in history after the USD1 billion Costa Concordia salvage operation, owner Daina Shipping Co testified at hearings in Tauranga. After four years of salvage operations, Daina Shipping has applied to the Bay of Plenty Council to leave the remains of the 47,000-tonne vessel on the Otaiti (Astrolabe) Reef.
The Liberty, which departed San Juan, Puerto Rico for a seven-day Caribbean cruise, had an engine fire on Monday during a scheduled port call at St. Thomas and the cruise ended. Passengers, stranded on St. Thomas, are being flown home on chartered flights.