Costa Concordia contest unsanctioned by Giglio Island or company

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Catania – A contest from an architectural research group at Italy’s Università degli Studi di Catania seeks creative things to do with the partially submerged Costa Concordia. However, the island the ship sits 300 meters from won’t be listening to the winner.
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Costa Concordia captain sails again

The Sun
THE captain of disaster cruise liner the Costa Concordia returns to sea — as he sails a boat with a pal. Francesco Schettino. At the controls … Francesco Schettino. Francesco Schettino wore swimming trunks as he took to the waves near his home in Sorrento. His pal steered the boat for a while — then handed over to the 52-year-old who was at the controls when the Concordia hit a reef off Italy in January.
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Royal Caribbean swings to loss

MSN Money
Royal Caribbean (RCL) swung to a loss in its second quarter, hurt by the economic turmoil in Europe and a broad industry downturn after the Costa Concordia disaster in January. The cruise line company reported a loss of $3.6 million, or 2 cents per share. “The steady drumbeat of negative news emanating out of Europe is certainly having an impact,” CEO Richard Fain said in a statement. “As a result, we are seeing pluses and minuses in the different geographical markets — North America is holding up reasonably well; Asia is a big plus; but Europe is a pretty consistent minus.
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Costa Concordia: Italian court delays hearing, to hear black box

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On the tapes he can be heard telling an emergency center official at Costa Cruises, the owner and operator of the ship, about how he’d intended to salute Captain Mario Palombo when he hit a reef, which imbedded in the hull of the Costa Concordia. “It was Palombo who said to me ‘pass close by, pass close by’,” he told Roberto Ferrarini in the emergency center. “I did pass close by and I hit shallow water with the stern. I did it to keep him happy. I’m really devastated.”
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Costa Concordia survivors fighting over shipwreck settlement

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Rock Center- Six months after the Costa Concordia ran aground off the coast of Italy, the massive cruise ship remains where it tipped over. Those who survived the crash have learned that the agreements they signed at the start of the cruise leave Carnival Corporation, the owner of Costa Cruises, with very limited liability for the wreck.
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Costa Concordia captain taken off house arrest, on town arrest

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The captain of the ill-fated Costa Concordia, the Italian cruise ship that listed and partially sank, Francesco Schettino, was taken off of house arrest but put on a ‘town’ arrest. An Italian magistrate made the change Friday.

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Costa Concordia salvage team brings in Microperi 61 platform

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A platform, the Microperi 61, has arrived on scene at the island of Giglio to help refloat the stricken Costa Concordia. The platform has arms to work undersea and set up scaffolding to build a foundation to keep the ship stable. 

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Costa Concordia rock which ripped hole in liner to be memorialized

Telegraph.co.uk
A massive chunk of rock which ripped a hole in the side of the Costa Concordia cruise ship, causing it to capsize six months ago, is to be removed and made into a permanent memorial to the victims of the disaster. The 80-ton rock was wrenched off a reef when the luxury cruise liner veered too close to the island of Giglio, off the Tuscan coast, on the night of Jan 13. 

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Work to refloat Costa Concordia finally gets underway in Italy

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The work to refloat the Costa Concordia, the Italian cruise ship that listed and tipped over off the island of Giglio Jan. 13, has finally begun. It is expected to take about one year to right the ship and sail her to a port to be scrapped. The job started on June 1 and it is a big one.

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