Viking Cruises’ new Viking Forseti damaged a power line near Forchcheim, Germany, September 23 when a crane used to move the ship’s gangway got out of proper position and hit the overhead power line. The incident shut down the A73 motorway and the Main-Danube Canal. It’s Forseti’s third accident in a month.
Cruise Critic learned of the accident from Franz Neumeier, a journalist who reported the incident on German website, Cruisetricks. According to the article, the impact short-circuited the power lines and caused them to shut down. Several lines will need to be replaced, and repairs are estimated at 40,000 euros. The highway and canal closures are expected to last until 1 p.m. local time Tuesday. No one was injured, according to a police report and Viking statement.
The captain of the capsized Costa Concordia on Thursday asked the judge at his manslaughter trial to order tests on the cruise liner’s wreckage to determine why electrical and other systems failed after the vessel struck a reef off an Italian island in 2012, killing 32 people.
The outcome of the request from Francesco Schettino, the sole defendant, won’t be known until at least September. After only two full days of hearings, Judge Giovanni Puliatti on Thursday adjourned the trial until Sept. 23 for summer’s break.
A trial for the former captain who allegedly abandoned the Costa Concordia cruise ship after it hit a rock was delayed due to a lawyers’ strike in Italy.Francesco Schettino’s trial was set to begin Tuesday but has been adjourned until next week, the Italian news agency ANSA reported. Schettino is charged with dereliction of duty and multiple manslaughter. The ex-captain was in command of the Costa Concordia when the cruise ship hit a rock on Jan. 13, 2012, near the island of Giglio. He allegedly abandoned ship without overseeing the evacuation, and the disaster cost 32 people their lives.
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We had just sat down and ordered at the restaurant in the stern when we heard a huge bang and we knew immediately that we had hit something. Then came the earthquake, which was the ship being opened like a tin of tuna as it scraped along the rocks of Read More The Guardian Read More Cruise Critic
Judgment Day Coming Soon
Italian prosecutors have finished investigating the Costa Concordia tragedy and are preparing to bring charges against the captain and seven other people. The captain will be accused of manslaughter, causing a shipwreck and abandoning ship. The head investigator said he expects to file a request for an indictment at the end of January Read More Cruise Critic Read More Daily Mail Read More Insurance Insider Read More gCaptain Read More NYDailyNews
GROSSETO, Italy (Reuters) – The Italian captain of the Costa Concordia, Francesco Schettino, took the witness stand in a pre-trial hearing on Thursday, refusing to accept sole blame for sinking the cruise liner with the loss of 32 lives. Schettino is accused of manslaughter, causing the shipwreck and abandoning ship before the evacuation of more than 4,000 passengers and crew was complete. He has admitted making mistakes but says he should not be the only person blamed.”We are trying to find out exactly what happened,” Schettino’s lawyer Francesco Pepe told journalists in a break during the closed-door hearing in Grosseto.