Capsized Eastern Star

After the Eastern Star(Dongfangzhixing) cruise ship capsized in the Yangtze River killing 434 people, China has been dealing with grieving families and angry locals mourning the victims by burning incense and paper money along the river. A 60-person team has been formed to investigate the accident.204 bodies from Eastern Star identified by DNA matching. The ship was built in the 60’s by Chongqing Eastern Shipping Corp. The list of passengers has not been released to the public.

A recent retrofit, passenger cabin doors that led directly out to the ship’s deck were sealed shut and turned into windows made the Eastern Star more dangerous and prone to capsizing.

Feeling in the dark: the difficult search for signs of life on the Eastern Star

Conditions on the Yangtze and the state of the ship set this disaster apart from others

The Eastern Star’s rapid and complete submersion in a muddy waterway has slowed search efforts, making the recovery operation more difficult than those of other major shipping disasters, experts say.

Just 14 survivors have been rescued since the vessel went down on Monday night with 456 people on board.

In the MV Sewol disaster in South Korea last year more than 170 of the 476 passengers and crew made it out alive.

And of the 4,200 people on board the Costa Concordia, wrecked off the coast of Italy in 2012, only 32 died.

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Dismantling of Costa Concordia

The wreck of the Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia arrived at its final destination and is ready for final dismantling, a job expected to take more than a year and cost $114 million.

The wreck was towed to Molo ex Superbacino, where it will be recycled by the Ship Recycling Consortium — a group formed by Saipem (51 percent) and San Giorgio del Porto (49 percent). Those two companies joined forces in September 2012 with the aim of providing green ship dismantling services.

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Costa Concordia Smuggled Mob Drugs

Investigators say that the ill-fated Costa Concordia cruise ship was carrying a massive shipment of cocaine for one of Italy’s most famous mafia syndicates. According to the criminal investigation published in La Repubblica, members of ‘Ndrangheta were taped saying that the “same ship that made us a laughing stock around the world took the piss out of us, too.”

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Concordia Lighthouse Competition

North of the Giglio Porto village, the site where the Costa Concordia ran up on the rocks, the Concordia Lighthouse Competition is inviting teams of architects, students, engineers, and designers to “redefine a contemporary lighthouse typology.”

Criteria include “aesthetics and originality”, “clarity and comprehensibility”, “sustainability”, and “translation of the metaphorical power of the lighthouse archetype into the architectural design.”

Registration closes on May 17, and submissions are due on May 24. The winner receives 3000 EUR.

http://matterbetter.com/competitions/show/5

Costa Concordia Captain Found Guilty in Fatal Shipwreck

Italian Captain Francesco Schettino was found guilty today for causing the fatal shipwreck of the Costa Concordia and sentenced to 16 years in prison, according to a three-judge panel.

The verdict came after a 19-month-long trial in which Schettino, who had been accused of causing the Jan. 13, 2012 shipwreck near the Italian island of Giglio, was charged with multiple counts of manslaughter and abandoning ship before all 4,200 passengers could be safely evacuated.

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Concordia prosecutor to request Schettino’s sentencing

al entered their third and final day on Monday, when prosecutor Stefano Pizza will request sentencing for Francesco Schettino, captain of the vessel that shipwrecked in January 2012, killing 32 people. In his closing arguments on Monday morning, Pizza said legal doctrine defines an “able idiot” as someone who “thinks he’s capable but provokes a dangerous situation and causes damage” and an “incautious optimist” as someone who “optimistically overestimates his abilities” and that Schettino embodies both definitions, and he could be classified as an “incautious idiot”. Pizza recited a laundry list of charges against Schettino, stating that the captain’s actions constituted “monstrously gross negligence”.

Read more Concordia prosecutor to request Schettino’s sentencing on Gazetta Del Sud

Prosecutor Alessandro Leopizzi: Captain Is Reason Why 32 Died Aboard Concordia

The 32 victims of the Costa Concordia shipwreck didn’t die because the luxury cruise liner crashed into a reef, but due to “chaos, delays, errors” under the captain’s watch, a prosecutor contended in final arguments Friday.

Francesco Schettino, who captained the Costa Crociere vessel when it capsized in 2012 near tiny Giglio island off the Tuscan coast, is being tried for manslaughter, causing the shipwreck and abandoning the Concordia while many passengers and crew members were still aboard.

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