Costa Concordia captain had ‘poor’ leadership skills

An Italian court heard yesterday that the leadership qualities of the captain of the Costa Concordia had been brought into question some three years before the cruise liner ran aground.

Francesco Schettino is on trial on charges ranging from manslaughter to negligence and abandoning ship over the January 13, 2012 shipwreck that claimed the lives of 32 of the 4,229 people on board.

The court in the central city of Grosseto called to the stand the former president of the ship’s owners Costa Crociere, Gianni Onorato, and former chairman and chief executive Pier Luigi Foschi.

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Schettino hits back

Italian captain Francesco Schettino lashed out at a media “frenzy” last week after his first return to the Costa Concordia, saying people who accused him of abandoning the ship had not understood “a bloody thing”.

“There is a frenzy that is making me nervous,” Schettino told reporters in the port on Giglio Island off Tuscany where his luxury cruise liner crashed on January 13, 2012 in a tragedy that claimed 32 lives.

“You have to respect civility. I don’t have anything against you but if you provoke me,” the infamous captain said in increasingly angry remarks accompanied by gesticulation and nervous pacing on the dockside.

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Schettino hits back

Italian captain Francesco Schettino lashed out at a media “frenzy” last week after his first return to the Costa Concordia, saying people who accused him of abandoning the ship had not understood “a bloody thing”.

“There is a frenzy that is making me nervous,” Schettino told reporters in the port on Giglio Island off Tuscany where his luxury cruise liner crashed on January 13, 2012 in a tragedy that claimed 32 lives.

“You have to respect civility. I don’t have anything against you but if you provoke me,” the infamous captain said in increasingly angry remarks accompanied by gesticulation and nervous pacing on the dockside.

Asked why he had left the ship before all the passengers had been evacuated, Schettino shouted: “You’re still talking about abandoning the ship! It means you haven’t understood a bloody thing!”

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Costa Concordia Captain Francesco Schettino boards grounded off Italy coast for 1st time since disaster

Captain Francesco Schettino stepped aboard the Costa Concordia Thursday for the first time since it capsized off Italy’s coast with him at the controls more than two years ago.

When the vast cruise ship ground into the rocky shore of the Italian island of Giglio on Jan. 13, 2012, 32 people lost their lives. The Costa Concordia has been hoisted upright and secured by salvage workers and is now sitting solidly on two underwater outcrops of rock off the coastline.

Schettino arrived on Giglio aboard a ferry from Italy’s mainland Tuesday night, after the Tuscan court agreed to let him go back onto the ship. The court in Grosseto, where Schettino is facing charges of manslaughter, abandoning ship and causing a shipwreck, authorized an inspection on the Costa Concordia to be carried out by a group of experts and attended by the former captain.

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Costa Concordia Captain Francesco Schettino to go Back on Board

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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Trial: Costa Concordia’s captain delayed so first mate took over

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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Diver Killed While Working on Costa Concordia in Italy

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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La Regione: “Lo smantellamento della costa Concordia si faccia qui”

La Giunta regionale della Calabria ha approvato un ordine del giorno con il quale si chiede al Presidente del Consiglio dei Ministri Enrico Letta che le “operazioni di smantellamento e smaltimento della “Costa Concordia vengano effettuate nel porto di Gioia Tauro”. Secondo l’assessore regionale al Personale, Domenico Tallini, e l’assessore al Bilancio, Giacomo Mancini, che hanno presentato l’ordine del giorno, “queste operazioni comporteranno un giro di affari che si può valutare in circa cinquecento milioni di euro e circa due anni di lavoro per centinaia di addetti, oltre che un forte impatto sull’indotto ed un evidente ritorno in termini di attenzione mediatica, proveniente da tutto il mondo. “In questo quadro la scelta di Gioia Tauro – dicono – confermerebbe un’attenzione particolare, da parte del Governo nei confronti della nostra regione e del suo principale porto. Questa scelta – hanno detto Tallini e Mancini – non deve costituire una sorta di contropartita all’indicazione di Gioia Tauro quale sito per il trasporto delle armi chimiche siriane, bensì il riconoscimento del ruolo strategico che il porto calabrese ha nel Mediterraneo”.

Costa Concordia Ship’s Captain Didn’t Speak of Dead Passengers

A lawyer for the owner of the cruise ship Costa Concordia has told an Italian court that the captain made no mention of those who perished in the shipwreck but instead boasted the day after that he had saved lives with his skill.

Cristina Porcelli, a lawyer for Costa Crociere SpA, testified Tuesday in the manslaughter trial of the ship’s captain, Francesco Schettino. She said Schettino told her and other company officials the day after the ship capsized on Jan. 13, 2012 that the reef which the vessel smashed into off Giglio Island wasn’t on nautical charts.

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Official: Costa Concordia Captain Twice Refused to Reboard Ship

The captain of the Costa Concordia cruise ship that crashed off the coast of Italy two years ago twice refused to go back on the vessel while it was at risk of sinking.

That’s what an official who coordinated the rescue of the passengers testified in court Monday during the trial of Capt. Francesco Schettino, who stands accused of manslaughter and abandoning ship.

Police official Carlo Galli said Schettino insisted he needed to coordinate the rescue from shore rather than climb back on board. This, despite international law that dictates a captain should be the last to leave a sinking ship.
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