Costa Concordia girl still haunts

The tear-stained face of the five-year-old girl haunted Rob Elcombe’s dreams for months.

As panicked passengers waited to get on lifeboats to escape the sinking Costa Concordia, the girl’s distraught father debated returning to their cabin for medication.

Mr Elcombe and his wife Tracey Gunn were among those who pleaded with Italian William Arlotti to stay on deck with his daughter Dayana.

But those pleas were ignored and the pair disappeared into the crowds clutching hands. Days later, the WA couple learnt the pair had…

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Concordia captain blames bridge team

Former captain Francesco Schettino raised his voice and blamed officers for being “at fault” in the January 2012 Costa Concordia cruise ship disaster during his trial on Friday.
“It was the fault of the bridge team,” Schettino said to Alessandra Guarini, lawyer for one of the passengers, during questioning.

Schettino is the only person on trial after Costa Cruises and a number of crew members and company staff reached plea bargains with prosecutors in the sinking that killed 32 people.

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Costa Concordia captain faces questions

Costa Concordia captain faces questions
A damning new video shown Wednesday at the trial of Francesco Schettino, captain of the wrecked Costa Concordia cruise liner, appears to show him boarding a lifeboat with passengers still clearly on board the doomed ship.
It was presented to the court as Schettino took the stand for a second day.
Schettino’s lawyer, Domenico Pepe, asked the court not to admit the fuzzy videotape that appeared to show the captain getting onto a lifeboat from the ship’s bow wearing the same jacket and tie he had on at dinner before the ship crashed.
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South Korea ferry disaster

South Korea ferry disaster

Comparisons are being drawn between the sinking of the Sewol ferry and the 2012 Costa Concordia disaster.

The causes may be very different and the toll far heavier but Italian media have pointed to similarities between the ferry disaster of the Sewol in South Korea and the Costa Concordia cruise ship crash in 2012.

“A case of Schettino in Korea” has been the recurring headline in Italian newspapers in the past few days, a reference to the Italian liner’s captain, Francesco Schettino, who is now on trial for the accident in which 32 people lost their lives.

With South Korean rescuers reporting 270 people missing and 32 confirmed dead, Italian media have focussed on the role played by the ferry’s captain Lee Joon-Seok, who was arrested on Saturday along with two of his crew.

Here are five similarities between the disasters:
1. Questionable captains authority
2. Delayed evacuation.
3. Difficulty maneuvering on capsized ship
4. Difficult conditions such as low visibility
5. Captains abandoned ship

Read more:South Korea ferry disaster: The Sewol and the Costa Concordia tragedies in comparison

Italian officials sue Costa Concordia owner for $275 million

Costa Cruises, a unit of Carnival Corp., was hit with huge lawsuits by officials from Tuscany and the island of Giglio, who allege that the January 2012 disaster contributed to a major decline in area visitors.
Italian officials are suing the owner of the doomed Costa Concordia cruise ship for an eye-watering $275 million — over claims the liner disaster destroyed local tourism.

Costa Cruises, a unit of Carnival Corp., was hit with the mega-lawsuits by officials from Tuscany and the island of Giglio on Monday, according to reports.

They allege that the January 2012 disaster contributed to a major decline in visitors to the area, which they say will take “years” of investment to rectify.
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Wireless Technology Can Dramatically Improve Ship Safety

The sinking of the Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia in 2012 – and the reported difficulties in evacuating over 4,000 people with the eventual loss of 32 lives –underlined the urgent need to accurately trace passengers during emergencies.

Indeed, while most people on board were brought ashore during a six-hour evacuation, the search for missing passengers and crew continued for several months.
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COSTA CONCORDIA Underway On Her Final Voyage

The final stages of the largest marine salvage project in history came a step closer to completion Wednesday, July 23, 2014, as the COSTA CONCORDIA began to move away from the island of Giglio on a one-way voyage to Genoa, Italy for dismantling. The ocean-going tug BLIZZARD took the lead position in the tow off the wrecked cruise ship’s starboard bow, accompanied by the tug RESOLVE EARL on her port side. Altogether 14 vessels of varying descriptions will accompany the convoy at a speed of no more than 2.5 knots across the open water.

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The Titan-Micoperi salvage team has successfully completed the first stage of its operation to refloat Costa Cruises’ Costa Concordia off the coast of Giglio Island, Italy.

The Titan-Micoperi salvage team has successfully completed the first stage of its operation to refloat Costa Cruises’ Costa Concordia off the coast of Giglio Island, Italy.

Engineers started the operation to refloat the ship on 14 July after Nick Sloane, the senior salvage master, and the rest of his team arrived at the Remote Operations Center, which is located on Concordia. Work to remove the final 1,000 tonnes of weight began at 8.30am.

Concordia has now been partially refloated and her bow and stern are about 2.2m above the underwater platform she has been resting on since the parbuckling project started in September 2016.

The Titan-Micoperi salvage team has successfully completed the first stage of its operation to refloat Costa Cruises’ Costa Concordia off the coast of Giglio Island, Italy. Cruise and Ferry

Italy cruise ship removal plans to start

Ship owner Costa Crociere and Italy’s civil protection agency said in a statement on Wednesday that the July 14 start date would be based on the weather conditions and a final go-ahead from state environmental authorities.

“The salvage team have confirmed that the Concordia refloating operation is set to go ahead starting on Monday, July 14,” the statement said.

It added however that “final confirmation of the start of the refloating operation will not be announced until the day before it actually begins”.

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Costa Concordia refloat date set

The last Costa Concordia progress update we gave you was that the ship was all set to be refloated within a couple of weeks, and we can now tell you that the Costa Concordia refloat date looks set to commence on either July the 13th or 14th.

We have been informed that all sponsons are in position and technicians have started to make finally checks ready for the big day. There are 30 sponsons in all on both sides of the ship, which will be slowly emptied once the refloating process begins.
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