At last! Costa Concordia to be towed from Giglio in September

Dates for removing the Costa Concordia from its perch 300 metres from the Italian island of Giglio have come and gone but the cruise liner hasn’t moved. But the current date, next month, got a vote of confidence from the man in charge of the project. “If things go as we are expecting. I think September will be the month of the rotation,” Franco Gabrielli told news channel SkyTG24 in Italy. He did not give a specific date but said September must be stuck to or bad weather in later months could make refloating it more difficult and even break the ship apart.

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Head of Costa Concordia salvage job says ship could break apart

Nick Sloane, who heads the operation to remove and salvage the Costa Concordia from her perch 300 metres off the coast of the Italian island of Giglio believes the project could turn out badly. He says the ship could break apart or “fracture.” “When we raise it you will hear the noise from the wrenching and of the fracture of internal sections but we hope the external structure remains intact,” the 52-year-old Sloane, a Senior Salvage Master with Titan Salvage, told media this week.

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Italian lawyer strike may delay trial of Costa Concordia captain

It has been a year-and-a-half since the Italian cruise ship, The Costa Concordia, hit a reef and keeled over. Still, her captain, Francesco Schettino, has not had his day in court. It may be delayed yet again.
A lawyer’s strike in Italy, at the heart of the dispute is the lawyer’s anger at the government’s attempts to accelerate civil trials, is expected to be called this week, and while it may only last a week as a show of force, it could delay the beginning of Schettino’s trial.

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Costa Concordia delayed, now won’t move until the Spring of 2014

The raising and towing to a port of the Costa Concordia is something inhabitants of the island of Giglio in the Tuscan Bay want to see done as soon as possible. However, it’s islanders who have put another delay on when the job will be completed by. That’s because they would like to have their summer tourist season unaffected, the Telegraph in the U.K. reports. It’s expected that raising the Costa Concordia is going to cause dirty water and debris to pour from the ship for a lengthy period of time, an unpleasant and even smelly undertaking.

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Water quality around Costa Concordia wreck unaffected by ship

Tests released to the public on the island of Giglio in the Tuscan Bay reveal that water quality around the partially-submerged Costa Concordia is good. The tests reveal that the water by the ship is of the same quality as elsewhere in the area.
Costa Cruises, owner/operator of the Costa Concordia, is paying for the testing and they are being conducted by researchers from the University of Florence, the University of Pisa and the University of Rome, and others. Tests were conducted on not just water but also on colonies of mussels, sea urchins and fish in the area.

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Costa Concordia dancer, alleged lover of Schettino, to sue

Domnica Cemortan, the Moldovan dancer on the bridge of the Costa Concordia when it listed over, drowning 32 people, has hired Italian lawyer Gianluca Madonna. Madonna said that his client will launch several lawsuits relating to that night. The 26-year-old was reported to have been eating dinner with Captain Schettino on the Costa Concordia on the night of Jan. 13, 2012 when the disaster occurred. She is said to have then gone up to the bridge with him, and remained there during his handling of the crisis.

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Costa Concordia Captain Francesco Schettino facing criminal trial

It took a long while to determine but at last there has been a decision on whether to send Costa Concordia Captain Francesco Schettino to trial. A judge in Grosetto, Italy ruled this week that prosecutors can go ahead with the charges. Schettino was the captain of the ship on the Jan. 13, 2012 when it hit a reef and ran aground some 300 metres from the Italian island of Giglio in the Tuscan Bay. There were more than 4,200 passengers and crew onboard the 114,500 tonnes ship, of which 32 died when the ship listed over. Sixty-five percent of the cruise liner is underwater still.

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Costa Concordia probe eyes board members

Italian cruise company Costa Crociere board members are under investigation, lawyers for passengers on the wrecked Costa Concordia cruise ship said. Attorneys for Justice for Concordia said Saturday the investigation involves allegations of collusion in the 2012 grounding of the ship, which killed 32 people. Prosecutors confirmed the investigation but told Italy’s ANSA news agency the probe was “an obligatory move.”

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Costa Concordia company to pay $1.3 million fine for shipwreck

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The disaster that was the Costa Concordia, which sank on Jan. 13, 2012 with the death of 32, continues to make news. Today, the Costa Crociere, a division of Miami-based Costa Carnival, owners of the ship, reached an out-of-court settlement.Costa Crociere will pay a $1.3 million fine and thus evade going to court over the tragedy. Had their been a court case it would have been lengthy and costly and may have opened them up to further lawsuits, that though the company maintains fault for the disaster lies only with the ship’s captain, Francesco Schettino.

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Ship’s bell is missing, platform in place

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The captain of the Costa Concordia, Francesco Schettino, is accused of taking the 114,500 ton ship, twice the size of the RMS Titanic, too close to Giglio to ‘salute’ a former colleague who lives there; the ship hit a reef and suffered a huge gash. A crucial underwater platform that will help to raise the Costa Concordia was put into place last week at the wreckage site off the coast of the Italian island of Giglio. Also, late in March the ship’s bell went missing.

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