By Nick Pisa Two former Costa Cruises employees have told prosecutors investigating the Concordia disaster that officers ‘took drugs’ while on duty and molested female staff members, it was reported in Italy today. One woman, a nurse identified as Valentina B and who worked with under fire Concordia skipper Francesco Schettino, claimed he regularly ‘used women as goods to be bartered with.’
Sydney Morning Herald
Passengers who survived the Concordia Cruise disaster are calling on Congress to institute changes in how cruise ships are run and the staffs trained. ROME: The Costa Concordia and other vessels in the cruise ship’s fleet were hotbeds of sexual harassment, drinking and drug abuse, former crew members have claimed.
The Costa Concordia and other vessels in the cruise ship’s fleet were hotbeds of sexual harassment, drinking and drug abuse, former crew members have claimed. Two women are reported to have told Italian prosecutors leading the investigation into the sinking of the Concordia off an Italian island six weeks ago that they saw some officers snorting cocaine, drinking to the point of inebriation and harassing female staff.
New Zealand Herald
Photo / AP With the Costa Allegra safely in the Seychelles, the ship’s owners have been hit by claims ships in the fleet, including the Costa Concordia, were hotbeds of sexual harassment, drinking and drug abuse. Former Costa Cruises staff have claimed to prosecutors that drug and alcohol abuse, and the use of prostitutes, took place among crews aboard the company’s liners, including the doomed Concordia, which crashed into rocks off the Italian coast in January with the loss of 32 lives.
New York Post
ROME — Italy’s government Thursday banned “salutes” of coastal towns by cruise ships in the wake of the deadly Costa Concordia disaster, in which the vessel hit rocks and sank while passing close to the island of Giglio. Environment minister Corrado Clini said the decree was in direct response to the Costa Concordia incident, in which 25 people are confirmed to have died and another seven are missing presumed dead.
By Bart Jansen, USA Today March 1, 2012 A sea gull flies over the partially submerged Costa Concordiaship off the coast of the Isola del Giglio. WASHINGTON – In the wake of the sinking of the Costa Concordiathat killed 25 people in January, a Senate panel Thursday will look into safety, tax and environmental laws governing a cruise ship industry that carried 11 million North Americans last year. “I believe we must ask why an industry that earns billions pays almost no corporate income tax,” says Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., chairman of the transportation committee having the hearing. “The environmental practices of the industry are unconscionable.”
Costa captain ’caused 2010 German accident’ – The Local
The captain of ill-fated Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia had crashed a luxury liner before while sailing too fast into a German port, according to leaks from an investigation published on Friday. Captain Francesco Schettino “manoeuvred at a speed of 7.7 to 7.9 knots during entry into the port of Warnemunde, causing damage to the Aida Blu
cruise ship,” his employer notified him in a letter published by La Stampa daily, referring to an incident in June 2010.
The Associated Press –
Eleanor rushed to their cabin to get a life vest. Gordon was pushed in another direction. The scent of smoke grew stronger aboard the disabled cruise ship. Then the lifeboats dropped.The Athens, Ga., couple — married 50 years last June — couldn’t find one another.
It is from the same fleet as the Costa Concordia, which sank off the Italian coast in January, killing 32 people. Italian investigators were waiting at Victoria port when the ship docked to question the crew. The Costa Allegra’s captain Nicolo Alba said passengers “were never in any danger”.Chris, one of over 1,000 passengers who stepped ashore, said those on board “thought the worst had happened”.
During a hearing held Wednesday in Washington, DC, the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee reviewed US cruise ship safety regulations as well as international safety standards and heard testimony from Costa Concordia cruise ship survivors.