Helmsman from Costa Concordia disaster fails to turn up for trial of captain

Italian authorities are searching for the helmsman who was steering the Costa Concordia on the night it smashed into the island of Giglio after he failed to turn up for a court hearing in the trial of Capt Francesco Schettino on Tuesday.
Jacob Rusli Bin, from Indonesia, was supposed to have given evidence to the court in the Tuscan town of Grosseto but did not appear and could not be traced.
Helmsman from Costa Concordia disaster fails to turn up for trial of captain The Telegraph

Costa Concordia latest on trial of captain

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.

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Costa Concordia captain had ‘poor’ leadership skills

An Italian court heard yesterday that the leadership qualities of the captain of the Costa Concordia had been brought into question some three years before the cruise liner ran aground.

Francesco Schettino is on trial on charges ranging from manslaughter to negligence and abandoning ship over the January 13, 2012 shipwreck that claimed the lives of 32 of the 4,229 people on board.

The court in the central city of Grosseto called to the stand the former president of the ship’s owners Costa Crociere, Gianni Onorato, and former chairman and chief executive Pier Luigi Foschi.

Costa Concordia captain had ‘poor’ leadership skills Gulf Times

Schettino hits back

Italian captain Francesco Schettino lashed out at a media “frenzy” last week after his first return to the Costa Concordia, saying people who accused him of abandoning the ship had not understood “a bloody thing”.

“There is a frenzy that is making me nervous,” Schettino told reporters in the port on Giglio Island off Tuscany where his luxury cruise liner crashed on January 13, 2012 in a tragedy that claimed 32 lives.

“You have to respect civility. I don’t have anything against you but if you provoke me,” the infamous captain said in increasingly angry remarks accompanied by gesticulation and nervous pacing on the dockside.

Asked why he had left the ship before all the passengers had been evacuated, Schettino shouted: “You’re still talking about abandoning the ship! It means you haven’t understood a bloody thing!”

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Costa Concordia Captain Francesco Schettino boards grounded off Italy coast for 1st time since disaster

Captain Francesco Schettino stepped aboard the Costa Concordia Thursday for the first time since it capsized off Italy’s coast with him at the controls more than two years ago.

When the vast cruise ship ground into the rocky shore of the Italian island of Giglio on Jan. 13, 2012, 32 people lost their lives. The Costa Concordia has been hoisted upright and secured by salvage workers and is now sitting solidly on two underwater outcrops of rock off the coastline.

Schettino arrived on Giglio aboard a ferry from Italy’s mainland Tuesday night, after the Tuscan court agreed to let him go back onto the ship. The court in Grosseto, where Schettino is facing charges of manslaughter, abandoning ship and causing a shipwreck, authorized an inspection on the Costa Concordia to be carried out by a group of experts and attended by the former captain.

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Trial: Costa Concordia’s captain delayed so first mate took over

On the night of the Costa Concordia tragedy, it was first mate Roberto Bosio who gave the order to abandon ship. As Bosio told the court in the trial of the Captain Francesco Schettino, Schettino refused to.

Instead the ship’s captain ignored numerous requests from officers to give that order and continued talking on a phone to the crisis center of the ship’s owner, Costa Crociere, acting as if he was in denial of the ship’s perilous condition.

Bosio, who has been credited by many with saving lives while going above Schettino’s head and giving the order, told the court that “since he (Schettino) wasn’t giving any input, the other officials turned to me for a decision.”

Trial: Costa Concordia’s captain delayed so first mate took over Digital Journal

Costa Concordia Ship’s Captain Didn’t Speak of Dead Passengers

A lawyer for the owner of the cruise ship Costa Concordia has told an Italian court that the captain made no mention of those who perished in the shipwreck but instead boasted the day after that he had saved lives with his skill.

Cristina Porcelli, a lawyer for Costa Crociere SpA, testified Tuesday in the manslaughter trial of the ship’s captain, Francesco Schettino. She said Schettino told her and other company officials the day after the ship capsized on Jan. 13, 2012 that the reef which the vessel smashed into off Giglio Island wasn’t on nautical charts.

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Official: Costa Concordia Captain Twice Refused to Reboard Ship

The captain of the Costa Concordia cruise ship that crashed off the coast of Italy two years ago twice refused to go back on the vessel while it was at risk of sinking.

That’s what an official who coordinated the rescue of the passengers testified in court Monday during the trial of Capt. Francesco Schettino, who stands accused of manslaughter and abandoning ship.

Police official Carlo Galli said Schettino insisted he needed to coordinate the rescue from shore rather than climb back on board. This, despite international law that dictates a captain should be the last to leave a sinking ship.
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Costa Concordia captain didn’t speak of dead, lawyer says

A lawyer for the owner of the Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia told an Italian court Tuesday that the captain made no mention of those who died in the shipwreck two years ago, but instead boasted that he had saved lives with his skill.

Cristina Porcelli, a lawyer for Costa Crociere SpA, testified Tuesday in the manslaughter trial of the ship’s captain, Francesco Schettino. She said Schettino told her and other company officials the day after the ship capsized on Jan. 13, 2012 that the reef which the vessel smashed into off Giglio Island wasn’t on nautical charts.

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Experts start inspection of Concordia

A group of technical experts, judges and lawyers set off to board the Costa Concordia on Thursday for an inspection of wrecked ship. The findings of the inspection will provide evidence for the trial of former captain Francesco Schettino, who faces charges of multiple manslaughter and dereliction of duty in connection with the Concordia’s January 2012 shipwrecking off the Tuscan island of Giglio that led to the death of 32 people and the injury of hundreds more. It is the first time the Concordia has been boarded since the successful outcome of a parbuckling operation in September to raise it from its semi-submerged perch off Giglio. The first party inspecting the ship is made up of three judges, court-appointed experts, and lawyers and consultants representing the Concordia’s owner, Costa Cruises. Other groups will inspect it later on Thursday.

Experts start inspection of Concordia Gazetta del Sud
Experts Inspect Wreckage Of Costa Concordia Cruise Ship As Trial Continues Getty
Life among Italy’s ruins Sydney Morning Herald