A document admitted as evidence to an Italian court on Monday indicated that the dangerous manoeuvre that led to last year’s deadly Costa Concordia shipwreck had been performed before, leading lawyers to suggest that it was standard practice.
The cruise liner crashed against rocks and partly capsized after captain Francesco Schettino made a detour near the Italian island of Giglio, allegedly to please head waiter Antonello Tievoli, whose relatives lived in Giglio.
On Monday, his lawyers submitted to judges trying Schettino a document from the Lloyd’s insurance group -which tracked the Concordia’s movements – showing that Captain Massimo Garbarino also took the vessel near Giglio on 14 August 2011. Massimiliano Gabrielli, a lawyer for survivors and victims’ relatives who backed the submission from the defence counsel, said Lloyds classified the 2011 manoeuvre as a “missed accident,” while ship owners Costa Crociere did not.
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A Chinese vessel that ran into a protected coral reef in the southwestern Philippines held evidence of even more environmental destruction inside: more than 10,000 kilograms (22,000 pounds) of meat from a protected species, the pangolin or scaly anteater. The steel-hulled vessel hit an atoll on April 8 at the Tubbataha National Marine Park, a UNESCO-designated World Heritage Site on Palawan island. Coast guard spokesman Lt. Cmdr. Armand Balilo said Monday that 400 boxes, each containing 25 to 30 kilograms of frozen pangolins, were discovered during a second inspection of the boat Saturday at Tubbataha national marine park.