Eleven months after wrecking at sea, the Italian luxury liner awaits one of the most expensive and daunting salvage operations eve. Ever since the wreck of the Costa Concordia 11 months ago, the huge Italian luxury liner has been sitting, semi-submerged, off the coast of Tuscany, looking like a big, beached whale. It’s the largest passenger ship ever capsized, easily surpassing the Titanic. And removing the ship has turned out to be the most complicated, the most expensive, the most daunting and the riskiest salvage operation ever.
(CBS News) A preliminary hearing began Monday in the case of the Costa Concordia, the cruise ship that capsized off the Italian coast last January, killing 32 people. The proceedings are based on evidence from the ship’s black box recordings. Documents before the court run to 270 pages, including navigational details and conversations on the bridge of the Costa Concordia.
The Costa Concordia ran aground and capsized Jan. 13 off the Tuscan island of Giglio after Capt. Francesco Schettino took it off course in a stunt. He is accused of causing the shipwreck, manslaughter and abandoning the ship before before all passengers were evacuated.Eight other people are also under investigation, and the court in Grosseto ordered the expert investigation to help it determine which if any should be put on trial. A hearing is scheduled for next month. Read More CBS News Read More telesurtv Read More telegraph.co Read More The Maritime Executive Read More Travel Agent central Read MoreHuffington Post
The Italian captain of the Costa Concordia cruise ship that capsized six months ago, killing 32 people, told TODAY he is sorry for the accident but feels not all of the blame should fall on him. In his first American television interview since the disaster occurred on Jan. 13, Francesco Schettino told NBC’s Michelle Kosinski that the disaster was a chain of unfortunate errors and possible mechanical failure. Schettino has been charged with multiple manslaughter, causing the accident and abandoning ship. Read More Today News Read More Miami Herald Read More The Daily Beast Read More Birmingham mail Read More Yahoo Read More Tampa Bay Biz Journal Read More MSNBC Read More CBS News
Francesco Schettino said he was distracted by a phone conversation shortly before the cruise liner crashed into a reef off an Italian island and capsized, killing 32 people.Francesco Schettino described the collision to private Italian TV channel Canale 5 as a “banal accident” in which “destiny” played a role. Read More USA Today Read More CBS News Read More MSNBC Read More businessweek