Costa Concordia Salvage Makes Progress

Salvors with the Titan-Micoperi consortium on Tuesday announced the completion of another important step towards the parbuckling -or uprighting- of the Costa Concordia shipwreck in Giglio: the process of positioning and installment of the two blister tanks on the wreck’s bow.

The blister tanks are special sponsons, or caissons, that will provide buoyancy to the bow from the parbuckling operation to the eventual refloating.

Costa Concordia Salvage Makes Progress

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.

Costa Concordia Captain Francesco Schettino facing criminal trial Digital Journal
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Costa Concordia Salvage: Crews Install Largest of Five Subsea Support Platforms

The salvage operation to remove the Costa Concordia cruise ship from the shores of Giglio hit a milestone today when crews positioned the largest of five subsea support platforms onto the seabed next to the wreck. The platform, known as Platform No. 1, will be secured to the granite seabed in order to provide support when uprighting the ship.

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Costa Concordia Disaster – What happened?

The Corcordia strikes the rock cliff at sharp angle on a port wheel and at high rate. The vessel then swings rapidly to port after being hit at the rear of the peripatetic pivot point (PP). The wheel is then transferred over to Stb’d to reduce the swing toward the small port of Giglio. Engine RPM are reduced. As the water rapidly ingress the Engine Room (ER) … Black Out … Emergency Generator On … The only equipments now working are the Navigation and Communications Instruments, Public Address Phone, Emergency Lighting and Ventilation, Emergency Steering System, Watertight Doors, Emergency Ballast Pump, Fire Pump and not much more.

Costa Concordia Disaster

Questions linger one year after

While some survivors of the Costa Concordia capsizing say they’re still haunted by the lack of direction, cruise officials point to new safety policies put into place. More than a year after the Costa Concordia capsized off Italy, one big question still haunts survivor Michelle Barraclough: Why were no clear instructions given during the emergency?

Questions linger one year after the Costa Concordia disaster LA Times
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Cruise News Shorts: Costa Concordia Trial Looms Close

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

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Costa Concordia settlement reached

ABC Online
The owner of the Costa Concordia cruise liner that ran aground off Italy has agreed to pay $11000 to each of the 235 French nationals affected. And a settlement has been reached for survivors of the Costa Concordia disaster.The owner of the Costa Concordia cruise liner that ran aground off Italy has agreed to pay $11,000 to each of the 235 French nationals affected.

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