The cruise operator failed to accept the findings of UK medical experts, so Costa Concordia survivors will be flying back to Italy. Those who were injured “are now having to undergo further medical assessments, say that returning to Italy is “likely to only serve to compound the trauma” experienced by the victims.”
Residents of the Italian island of Giglio, where the Costa Concordia smashed into rocks two years ago, want to keep six massive undersea platforms used to support the cruise ship to create an artificial reef.
Defying a decision by Italy’s environmental ministry, which wants to remove the platforms now the ship has been towed away for scrap, Giglio’s town council has voted to keep the huge structures, which sit 90 feet below the surface close to the island’s main port.
“The people here want them to stay, and I am backing popular will,” said Gigilo mayor Sergio Ortelli. “We have voted to ask the ministry to keep it, if it is environmentally sound.”
Two refloating sponsons is what separates the Costa Concordia cruise ship from leaving the shores of Giglio Island, Italy, where it has lain since its sinking that left 32 people dead on January 13, 2012.
The global parbuckling project is currently over 90 percent complete, and the ship is set to be removed before the end of the Italian summer but where it will then be towed is still an open question.
“The operations are going well,” Franco Porcellacchia, the engineer coordinating the removal project on behalf of the Costa Crociere company which owns the cruise ship, told IPS, “and, according to our forecasts, we will be able to refloat and remove the ship by July 20
That still does not answer the question of where the wreck will end up. While, on one hand, the dismantling constitutes a major project and economic opportunity for the port that will be chosen, on the other, Costa Crociereâ€™s so-called â€˜club of insurersâ€™, comprising the companies that will fund the operation, are obviously concerned about its costs.”
In January 2012 the Costa Concordia ran aground off the Tuscan coast in Italy with 4,252 passengers and crew onboard. Thirty-two of them died – twice the total of fatalities between 2005 and 2010.
In February of 2013, an engine room fire broke out aboard the Carnival Triumph off the coast of Mexico, leaving the ship and its approximately 4,000 passengers and crew stranded and adrift for five days until tugs could bring the vessel into port. Investigative reports by news agencies later stated that crew members and the company itself were aware of the risk before the vessel set sail. And just two years earlier, the Carnival Splendor had a similar engine room fire.
Passenger safety and security are at the forefront of the cruise industry these days, and for good reason. According to the website Cruisejunkie.com, 18 crew and passengers went overboard in 2013, 24 in 2012, and 23 in 2011. The site also reports that 66 cruise and ferry vessels have run aground since 2005 and 55 vessels, large and small, have actually sunk between 1979 and 2013.
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The mayor of Giglio, the island off Tuscany where the Costa Concordia capsized in 2012, killing 32 people, has called for the removal of the wreck to be postponed until September in order to “safeguard the tourism industry”.
An operation to remove the wreck, which was pulled upright last September, is scheduled to get underway in June.
The rusting cruise liner has dominated the port of Giglio for more than two years, but the island’s mayor Sergio Ortelli has argued that the timing of its removal clashes with the onset of the tourism season, La Stampa reported.
He also lamented the “total lack of information” from the authorities over the timing and process of the removal operation, saying it could seriously impact tourism and had “made Giglio afraid”.
Great maritime disasters live long in the collective memory, and few have been more memorable (though mercifully less tragic in terms of loss of lives) than the running aground of the Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia in late January 2012 off the Tuscan island of Giglio.
The salvage operation, which began in spring 2012 under a joint venture firm called Titan Micoperi, culminated in mid-September with a complex operation to right and re-float the breached, listing hulk. Four hundred journalists covered the drama from the shoreline, and it made for gripping global TV coverage.
But what do the initial disaster, the subsequent salvage success, and the imminent criminal trials say about Italian society and the country’s self-image?
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Divers looking for the last two victims of Italy’s Costa Concordia cruise ship disaster found some bones on the seabed on Thursday, raising hopes of closure for relatives after a traumatic 20-month wait.
The bones are “presumably human”, Francesca Maffini, a spokeswoman for the civil protection agency which is overseeing the search operation, told AFP.
“They were outside the ship, on a part of the seabed that was exposed when the ship was raised,” she said.
But she said there could be no certainties without DNA identification, which could take “several days”.
The complicated salvage operation is set to begin Monday at the site of the Costa Concordia, the luxury cruise ship that ran aground off Italy in 2012. Even if it succeeds, it will be a long time before things return to normal on the island of Giglio, where the ship wrecked.
“The old nautical term for the operation is called parbuckling. Over a 10- to 12-hour period, the ship — now slumped on its side on a sloping reef — will be slowly rotated as dozens of pulleys will pull it upright.
“The big unknown is the condition of the side of the ship lying on the jagged reef, which juts into the hull by some 30 feet. But the engineers in charge are confident that the operation will be successful — so confident that there’s no Plan B.”
ROME, Sept. 6 (UPI) — Approval to rotate the sunken cruise ship Costa Concordia to an upright position could come by next week, Italian civil protection officers said Friday.
The rotation could be completed by the end of September.
It is considered a critical step in removing the ship from the rocks off Tuscany’s Giglio Island, where it sank in January 2012, killing 32 people, the Italian news agency ANSA reported.
Concordia Cleanup Costa Concordia, the luxury cruiser that capsized off the Italian coast last year, will be salvaged next month in a maneuver that is expected to cost about $623 million.