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.
The cargo ship that was last heard from on Thursday morning has sunk, but Coast Guard officials are holding out hope that they can find the 33 crew members who were on board. The container ship, called El Faro, was en route from Jacksonville, Florida, to San Juan, Puerto Rico, when it went missing.
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 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.
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.
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.
Comparisons are being drawn between the sinking of the Sewol ferry and the 2012 Costa Concordia disaster.
The causes may be very different and the toll far heavier but Italian media have pointed to similarities between the ferry disaster of the Sewol in South Korea and the Costa Concordia cruise ship crash in 2012.
“A case of Schettino in Korea” has been the recurring headline in Italian newspapers in the past few days, a reference to the Italian liner’s captain, Francesco Schettino, who is now on trial for the accident in which 32 people lost their lives.
With South Korean rescuers reporting 270 people missing and 32 confirmed dead, Italian media have focussed on the role played by the ferry’s captain Lee Joon-Seok, who was arrested on Saturday along with two of his crew.
Here are five similarities between the disasters:
1. Questionable captains authority
2. Delayed evacuation.
3. Difficulty maneuvering on capsized ship
4. Difficult conditions such as low visibility
5. Captains abandoned ship