With the trial of the Costa Concordia captain still ongoing and with no clear sign of when we will likely see an outcome and if Francesco Schettino will be sentenced, he has once again spoken out against Carnival Cruise Lines.
If we are to believe the recent report, Schettino believes that he is being made a scapegoat in order for the Costa’s parent company, Carnival to collect a windfall in an insurance payout. The insurance payout is expected to be around $2 billion.
Costa Concordia latest on trial of captain Cruise News
Cruise victims have won another victory against Carnival Corporation when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit remanded claims to the Florida State Court for continued litigation.
The July 1, 2013 order affirmed the District Court’s prior remand order, concerning two cases, Abeid-Saba, et al., v. Carnival Corporation et al., (Docket No.: 12-CV-23513) and Scimone, et al. v. Carnival Corp. et al. (“Scimone II”), (Docket No.: 12-CV-23505). Both cases arise from plaintiffs’ claims that they were injured when the Costa Concordia capsized after grounding off the Italian coast.
Momentous Victory for Cruise Victims Wall Street Journal
The Italian Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport (MIT) released the long awaited English translation of its report on the safety technical investigation into the marine casualty on January 13, 2012 involving the cruise ship Costa Concordia.
The ship capsized as a result of large-scale internal flooding from a 53-meter long breach of its hull involving five watertight compartments. The breach occurred when the ship allided at a speed of 16 knots with the Scole Rocks off Giglio Island in the Tyrrhenian Sea at 21 45 07 local time.
Costa Concordia Incident Report released Ministero delle infrastrutture e dei trasporti
Italian cruise company Costa Crociere board members are under investigation, lawyers for passengers on the wrecked Costa Concordia cruise ship said. Attorneys for Justice for Concordia said Saturday the investigation involves allegations of collusion in the 2012 grounding of the ship, which killed 32 people. Prosecutors confirmed the investigation but told Italy’s ANSA news agency the probe was “an obligatory move.”
Costa Concordia probe eyes board members UPI
Costa Concordia Captain Schettino sought a plea bargain, rejected Digital journal