Costa Concordia: Everything is Under Control

Costa Concordia

‘Everything is under control’: Costa Concordia crew member reveals how she was ordered to tell passengers to return to their cabins moments before the ship sank

  • Jacqueline Abad Quine broke down during trial of Francesco Schettino
  • Captain is accused of multiple manslaughter and abandoning ship
  • Italian disaster in January 2012 killed 32 people after the ship hit a reef
  • Schettino was dubbed ‘Captain Coward’ for refusing to get back on board

A Costa Concordia crew member has told a court how she was ordered to tell passengers ‘everything was under control’ after the packed luxury cruise ship struck rocks and was fatally holed. Jacqueline Abad Quine was a deputy cabin services director and was on duty the night the ship hit the reefs after its captain Francesco Schettino altered course to carry out a ‘sail-by salute’ of an island. She was later seen in video footage trying to reassure passengers who had gathered on decks close to lifeboat stations and described to the hearing the scene of panic and confusion in the minutes following the incident.

Mrs Quine said: ‘I was ordered to tell the passengers everything was under control. I was told to say that there was a blackout and everyone should return to their cabins and that things would be returning to normal as quickly as possible.

‘But people were agitated and worried – they wanted to get onto the lifeboats but the order didn’t come. When the passengers got to the muster stations I was told to try and calm them down, to reassure them.’

More than 4,000 passengers and crew were onboard the Costa Concordia when it struck an underwater reef off the coast of the Italian island of Giglio.
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Costa Concordia captain ‘delayed’ rescue call

The captain of the Costa Concordia, Francesco Schettino, waited an hour before ordering people to abandon the doomed ship, a trial has heard.

A radio operator on board the ship told an Italian court how Mr Schettino delayed rescue calls after the cruise liner hit rocks off the coast of Giglio in January this year, resulting in the deaths of 32 people.

Flavio Spadavecchia described how he “waited and waited” for Schettino to give the order so that he could alert coastguards but it never came, holding up the rescue operation as a result.

“Schettino never gave me the order. The pan pan message was never sent because Schettino never gave me the order. I asked if I should send it but Schettino said no. I asked at least once, maybe twice.’

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Costa Concordia accident hits Baltic Sea ports

The Costa Concordia shipwreck is one of several reasons why Copenhagen Malmo Port (CMP) expects its first ever decline in the number of cruise guests and calls. Other Baltic Sea ports are also expected to be hit.

After many years with double-digit growth rates the Baltic Sea cruise market looks set to take a breather in 2014. The cruise business accounts for approx. 13-15 percent of Copenhagen Malmo Port’s revenue, and according to COO Cruise and Ferries, Arnt Møller Pedersen, the decline will not be insignificant.

“We predict a 5-10 percent decline in guests and calls in 2014,” he tells ShippingWatch.

This year, 356 cruise ships called in CMP, and a total of 840,000 vacationing guests have visited Copenhagen and Malmo, but next year the entire Baltic Sea region will feel the effect of several factors weighing down the combined cruise market.

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Costa Concordia news update on captain trial

The trial of Francesco Schettino, the captain of the ill-fated Costa Concordia is still ongoing and is unlikely to reach a verdict anytime soon. This was never going to be a fast trial because of the complexities of the case, and the fact that Schettino’s lawyers have done a good job in presenting their case.

The last news update in the Costa Concordia captain’s trial was a few days ago, which detailed how there was evidence that Schettino might contemplate committing suicide as he took in the magnitude of what had happened on that fateful night.

However, what we are concerned about is how the captain was sat on a rocky shelf talking to someone on his mobile phone instead of helping with the rescue effort – who was he on the phone to?
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Costa Concordia engine-room crew says ‘Captain didn’t care if they died’

The wrecked Costa Concordia’s engine room crew has said “Captain didn’t care if they died”, while revealing harrowing details of the incident in the court during the trial of Captain Francesco Schettino.

The Italian court heard accounts of how engine-room staff was struck by a powerful jet of seawater and nearly drowned below decks as the ship flooded, after it slammed into a reef off the Italy’s Giglio Island in January 2012, the Guardian reports.

A technician in the engine room, Hugo di Piazza, said there was a lot of fear in the engine room as the water gushed into the ship from a 50-metre hole below the water line caused by the bang.

Judges also played a recording of an intercepted phone call in which crew struggled to convince Schettino that the ship was sinking, the report added.

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Costa Concordia captain Francesco Schettino is accused of abandoning the sinking ship before all passengers were evacuated

Captain of the doomed Cost Concordia, Francesco Schettino, was accused earlier this week of abandoning the ship before all passengers had been evacuated.

An Italian court heard how he did not fall off the cruise liner into a lifeboat as he claims, but instead jumped to safety when the ship was sinking.

Mr Schettino is currently on trial for manslaughter and abandoning ship after the cruise ship hit rocks off the coast of Giglio resulting in 32 deaths.

Trainee officer Stefano Iannelli, who was on board the ship at the time, told the hearing: “We found a lifeboat. I jumped on. Schettino had jumped on just before me.”

However, Mr Schettino has insisted he fell into the lifeboat after slipping off the Costa Concordia.

“We had formed a human chain so as not to slip,” Mr Iannelli told the court.

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Costa Concordia’s captain ‘jumped-off’ to safety from sinking ship

The wrecked Costa Concordia‘s captain, Francesco Schettino, has been accused of abandoning the ship even before all passengers were evacuated.

A trainee officer on board the stricken ship, Stefano Iannelli, told the court that captain Schettino and he jumped to safety on a lifeboat that they found, when the vessel started sinking, Sky News reports.

Schettino had, earlier, insisted that he slipped off the cruise liner, which was already tilting at a 90-degree angle, and fell into a lifeboat.

According to the report, his testimony would now appear to confirm accusations that the captain headed ashore to ensure his own safety, while terrified passengers remained trapped aboard the capsized ship.
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Costa Concordia Trial: Captain Schettino ‘Jumped in Lifeboat’

Captain Francesco Schettino jumped into a lifeboat and abandoned the Costa Concordia minutes before his cruise liner capsized off the Italian island of Giglio, a court has heard. Concordia midshipman Stefano Iannelli told a court in Grosseto, Tuscany, that Schettino did not fell from the liner, as the captain and his defence team maintained, but boarded a lifeboat and safely made his way to shore while passengers struggled in the water. Iannelli said that as the Concordia was being evacuated after it hit a rock he was helping people off the vessel with a rescue team on the fourth deck of the starboard side.

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Dancer on bridge at time of Costa Concordia crash denies distracting captain, says ‘I don’t think I’ll ever get involved with a married man again’

The Moldovan dancer who admitted having an affair with Captain Francesco Schettino, the commander of the Costa Concordia cruise ship, has insisted her presence on the bridge did not distract him on the night that the liner ran aground on the island of Giglio.

Domnica Cemortan, 26, had dinner with Captain Schettino, 53, and was invited on to the bridge about 15 minutes before the ship smashed into rocks, prompting a panic-stricken evacuation of its 4,200 passengers. “It’s very easy for Italians to think that the blonde, the Moldovan dancer, distracted the captain. But I didn’t,”

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Moldovan dancer says she fell for Costa Concordia captain

  • Domnica Cemortan told Italian TV Francesco Schettino ‘fascinated’ her
  • 32 people were killed when Costa Concordia hit rocks off Tuscany, Jan 2012
  • Captain Francesco Schettino is charged with dereliction of duty and multiple counts of manslaughter
  • Court heard Cemortan, dancer on the ship’s bridge, was his lover
  • If found guilty of the charges Francesco Schettino will face 20 years in jail

The Moldovan dancer who captivated the captain of the Costa Concordia has told how she fell for him because he was ‘a god on the ship’.

Domnica Cemortan, who was seen flirting with Francesco Schettino shortly before the cruise liner crashed into rocks and sank off the coast of Tuscany, has revealed that she was ‘fascinated’ by him, because he was the captain.

Thirty-two people died in the January 2012 tragedy off the island of Giglio.

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