Florida: No Appeal in Italian Shipwreck

Florida Appeals court denies Costa Concordia Appeal

A Florida appeals court denied a U.S. lawsuit over the 2012 Costa Concordia shipwreck in spite of the fact that the parent company is based in Miami and 5 plaintiffs are from the U.S.

The Costa Concordia sank when it struck a coral reef off the Italian island of Giglio. The 3rd District Court of Appeal dismissed the Miami-Dade Circuit Court lawsuit “by 57 plaintiffs on forum non conveniens grounds” according to the Daily Business Review and the Miami Herald.

GOLDEN BEAR

California Maritime Academy cadets aboard the Training Ship Golden Bear GOLDEN BEAR completing a training cruise off the coast of Spain received a distress call from a small group of Algerian men.

Cadets immediately came to the group’s assistance with food, water, supplies and support until Spanish authorities arrived.

Read more here: https://www.csum.edu/web/support/feed/-/blogs/cadets-sailing-training-ship-into-boston-following-assist-to-algerian-refugees

Cruise Ship Strikes Seaway Lock Wall in NY, 17 Injured

Cruise ship to Toronto

The Coast Guard is responding to a 286-foot cruise ship that hit a wall in the Eisenhower Lock in the Saint Lawrence Seaway in Massena, New York, Thursday night.The vessel remains in the lock, where the water has been drained, while response crews remove injured passengers. There were 274 people, including passengers and crew, aboard at the time of the collision. At 9:45 p.m., a search-and-rescue controller at Coast Guard Sector Buffalo received notification of the collision. A crew aboard a 25-foot response boat from Coast Guard Station Alexandria Bay, New York, responded along with a marine inspector from Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment Massena.
The ship will remain in the lock with both doors closed until it can be moved to different location. The Saint Laurent is a cruise ship owned by International Shipping Partners.
http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2549282/

Though He’s Guilty, the Costa Concordia’s Captain Walks Free for Now

Schettino was sentenced to 16 years — 10 for manslaughter, five for causing a maritime disaster, one for abandoning his passengers. As long as his sentence is under appeal, Schettino will not go to prison. He could — in theory — take command of a ship while his sentence is still under appeal. Italian legal cases can take years and even decades to fully unfold.

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One Dead, Hundreds Stranded on “Norman Atlantic,” Italian Car Ferry run by a Greek ferry company

Hundreds of passengers and crew endured a second night of smoke, frigid temperatures and gale-force winds as they waited to be evacuated from a burning ferry adrift early Monday in rough seas between Italy and Albania. At least one person died and two were injured in the risky rescue operation.

The Italian coast guard said 201 of the 478 people on the ferry, sailing from the Greek port of Patras to Ancona in Italy, had been evacuated by early Monday. Most were airlifted by helicopter to other merchant vessels sailing nearby, though a few were flown to hospitals in southern Italy to be treated for hypothermia.

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