Los Angeles Times
I was looking at the wreck of the Costa Concordia, which ran aground Jan. 13 just outside Giglio’s harbor. As the ferry whipped past, my eyes were drawn to the great wreck, which lay on its side with a long, rusty gash in its hull. It name was inscribed on a white bow towering above the water. The ship was so close to the tiny harbor, massive and modern and incongruous.
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Times of Malta
Welcome Aboard was shot on the Costa Atlantica, which was captained by Francesco Schettino at the time. The Costa Concordia’s captain was exemplary as a consultant for a French comedy film shot before the cruise ship’s disaster in January. Francesco Schettino is one of nine people under investigation for the tragedy which claimed 32 lives out of the 4,229 passengers and crew on board.
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Four performers who entertained passengers on the doomed Costa Concordia are suing the luxury liner’s owners and operators for $200 million. The musicians and dancers — all from Hungary — accuse Carnival Corp. and the Italian Costa Crociere SpA cruise line of “gross negligence” in the deadly Jan. 13 crash off the coast of Italy.
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(AGI) L’Aquila- “So far, everything is going well”, stated Civil Protection chief Franco Gabrielli after a meeting on the quake. “We are on schedule, and should soon know which company or group of companies will deal with removing the ship.
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Carnival has announced that “substantially all” of the amount recovered through insurance are connected to the Costa Concordia disaster, which occurred on January 13, when the cruise ship ran aground and then capsized off of the Italian island of Giglio.
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The legal implications of the shipwreck of the Costa Concordia, in which 30 people died when the ship ran aground off the coast of Tuscany in January, were felt in Texas last weekend. A court in Galveston first seized, and later released, the cruise liner Carnival Triumph, which is owned by Carnival Cruise Lines, parent company of Costa Cruises, which sailed the Concordia. A $10 million dollar suit was filed against Carnival Cruise Lines by the relatives of a German woman, Siglinde Stumpf, who drowned in the shipwreck. Essentially, the suit aims to hold the parent company, Carnival, responsible for the inadequate safety procedures.
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A Carnival Corp. cruise liner was released to sail from a Texas port by a U.S. judge who ordered it seized yesterday in a lawsuit over a death in the Costa Concordia shipwreck off Italy. U.S. Magistrate Judge John Froeschner released the MS Carnival Triumph today from a seizure order holding the cruise liner in its home port of Galveston. BusinessWeek
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MIAMI (AP) — Cruise industry leaders gathered Tuesday for their first annual convention since the Costa Concordia disaster, emphasizing their commitment to safety and expressing confidence that business will return. The Concordia accident, in which 32 people died when the ship ran aground off the coast of Italy in January, cast a long shadow over this year’s Cruise Shipping Miami conference, attended by thousands from the cruise and travel industries in more than 100 countries.
ROME, March 15 – Underwater thieves have evaded an array of laser systems that measure millimetric shifts in the Costa Concordia shipwreck and 24-hour surveillance by the Italian coast guard and police to haul off a symbolic booty – the ship’s bell. Prosecutors have opened an investigation to find out who filched the modern-day Titanic’s bell.
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Mylène Litzler and his companion, Mickaël Blemand were identified. Two months to the day after the tragedy of the Costa Concordia, the hope is vanishing for the relatives and Mylène and Mickaël. The two French nationals are among the seven victims of the sinking of the liner unlikely, officially identified on Tuesday. Besides the young couple from Sarcelles, there are three German, Elizsabeth Bauer, and Burnhild Werp Margrit Schroeter, an Italian, Arlotti William and his five year old girl, Dayana. Mylène Litzler, 23, and his companion Mickaël Blémand, 25, had boarded the Costa Concordia Sunday, January 8 at Toulon for a cruise of a week – their first trip abroad. On 13 January, the ship made a detour to the island of Giglio off Tuscany, to achieve a maneuver known as “inchino”, a hello to the people by sounding the siren passing nearby. Too close. The ship was only 150 meters against strict minimum of 500 from the coast when it struck rocks which opened a long breach in the hull.Tthe evening of the tragedy, the parents of Mylène Litzler, Alain and Brigitte had received a text message at 23:15 telling them their daughter “they would take life jackets and get into the canoes.” Relatives learned the sad news in the press when the ANSA news agency revealed on Tuesday mid-day results, provided by the Prefecture of Grosseto (central Italy) carried out DNA tests on the eight bodies found Feb. 22 in the submerged ship.