Costa Concordia captain sues for wrongful termination

Los Angeles Times

Francesco Schettino, former captain of the Costa Concordia, has sued, claiming wrongful termination from his job after the accident, according to his lawyer.”It is the right of every worker to appeal against his dismissal and Capt. Schettino has done no more than exercise that right “
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Costa Concordia is turned into a macabre tourist attraction

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 all summer, drawn by the submerged ship. The Costa Concordia ran into a reef and capsized off the coast of the Tuscan island of Giglio on Friday January 13 after Captain Francesco Schettino made an unauthorised diversion from his programmed route.

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Italian Sunseekers Look On as Salvage Team Starts Year Long Operation

Sunseekers on Italy’s Isola del Giglio look on as salvage crews begin the mammoth task of refloating the Costa Concordia – almost half a year after the stricken vessel capsized off the Tuscan coast. Engineers yesterday moved a salvage rig – the Titan-Micoperi – into place next to the luxury cruise liner, which capsized in January, when it struck an 80-ton rock that lay within a submerged reef.
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Sophia sails into row about monster ship in Venice

The Independent
The monstrous vessel, which is 40m longer than the wrecked Costa Concordia, swept past St Mark’s Square, and no doubt blotted out the sun from some positions, while protesters, like specks on the shore, waved banners which read “No Big Ships”.  Environmentalists are urging Italian screen legend Sophia Loren to ditch her endorsement of the latest giant cruise liner to sully the views and pollute the air of Venice. The 140000-tonne MSC Divina was christened by the actress last month in France.

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Costa Concordia: New Ship And New Rules

Sky News
The Costa Concordia’s owner has brought in new safety measures for its ships, including real-time tracking of routes and limits on its captains’ absolute authority – as its biggest liner was launched. The measures are aimed at ensuring there is no repeat of the tragedy in which 32 people died. Emergency safety training will now be given to passengers before the ships leave port – and a monitoring system will identify anyone who have not attended and encourage them to do so. The new Costa Fascinosa

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COSTA CONCORDIA: Bodies of Albertville Man’s Parents Identified The Heil family has entered a final post on its family blog site, stating it “move forward” now that Gerald and Barbara’s bodies have been identified among those recovered last March among the wreck of the Costa Concordia.
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Titanic to Costa Concordia, has safety at sea improved?
When the Titanic struck an iceberg and sunk on April 15, 1912, it set into motion a chain of events that would forever change the shipping industry through the introduction of new rules and regulations intended to prevent such a disaster from ever happening again. But 100 years after Titanic slipped beneath the surface of the Atlantic Ocean, claiming the lives of more than 1,500 people, many of the risks remain very much the same.
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Royal Caribbean chief says big ships are safe

The chief executive of Royal Caribbean Cruises has defended the use of big ships, claiming that they are safer and more popular with holidaymakers than the smaller older vessels. Richard Fain, whose company sails the world’s biggest cruise liners, said evacuation was faster from large ships in emergencies such as the recent capsizing of the Costa Concordia because of the greater number of entrances and exits built in.

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Costa Concordia Disaster: Bell Disappears From Shipwreck Site

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ROME, March 15 – Underwater thieves have evaded an array of laser systems that measure millimetric shifts in the Costa Concordia shipwreck and 24-hour surveillance by the Italian coast guard and police to haul off a symbolic booty – the ship’s bell. Prosecutors have opened an investigation to find out who filched the modern-day Titanic’s bell.

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