Marine emergency responder association moves to Houston

Marine Response Alliance, an association of the top U.S. emergency responders providing salvage marine firefighting, has relocated from Pompano, Fla., to Houston, company representatives said Tuesday.

MRA will be situated with international partner Titan Salvage — which in November also moved its headquarters from Pompano to Houston — in a new, 102,500-square-foot maintenance and warehousing facility, with 4.61 acres of outside storage, at 15894 Diplomatic Plaza Drive near George Bush Intercontinental Airport. The facility includes a state-of-the-art emergency response center manned 24 hours a day, the only one of its kind in the nation, officials said.

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Missing Costa Concordia victim identified

DNA tests have identified remains as one of the final two missing victims of last year’s deadly shipwreck of the Costa Concordia off an Italian island, the ANSA news agency reported Thursday.

The remains of Maria Grazia Trecarichi were found by scuba divers inside the cruise liner on October 8, three weeks after the 300-metre, 114,000-ton cruise liner was righted from the partly capsized state that it had lain in for 20 months.

It was moved as part of expensive and risky salvage operations.

Trecarichi had booked a holiday on the Costa Concordia to celebrate her 50th birthday along with her friend Luisa Antonia Virzi, who also died, and her teenage daughter Stefania and her boyfriend, who both survived.

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Ferry Accident Death toll hits 39 in Philippines

CEBU, Philippines (AP) — As the MV Thomas Aquinas cruised toward Cebu city in the central Philippines, navy marshal Richard Pestillos prepared for a brief stop while some passengers watched a band and others soaked in the night breeze on the deck. Then the scene turned chaotic when the ferry, with 870 passengers and crew, and a cargo ship collided late Friday, ripping a hole in its hull, knocking out its power and causing it to list before rapidly sinking as people screamed, according to Pestillos and other witnesses.”The sea was very calm and we could already see the lights at the pier,” Pestillos told The Associated Press on Sunday by telephone.

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Costa Concordia tragedy: Cruise ship’s salvage a wreck for Italian island

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Last January, the captain of the Italian mega-cruise ship Costa Concordia committed an apparent act of maritime bravado a few yards from the shore of a Tuscan island. Thirty people were killed, and two are still missing. Six months after one of the biggest passenger shipwrecks in recent history, relatives of the dead attended a memorial service near the site of the disaster.

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Celestial movements contributed to Titanic disaster

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Extreme high tides could have dislodged extra icebergs Moon came the closest to Earth in over 1400 years Titanic theme song played as Costa Concordia sank PASSENGERS on the Titanic may have been better off checking their stars before boarding the ill-fated ship’s maiden voyage. Scientists at the Texas State University believe movements of the sun and moon may have altered ocean tides, dislodging icebergs and sending the Titanic to its watery grave, along with 1500 passengers.

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Survivors voice anger at Costa Concordia shipwreck hearing

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Video Image Costa disaster hearing begins without captain Hundreds gather in Italy as a pre-trial hearing into the deadly capsizing of the Costa Concordia cruise ship gets underway – with one notable absence. Andrew Raven reports Captain Francesco Schettino and eight others, including three executives from ship owner Costa Crociere, are under investigation for the January 13 disaster which claimed 32 lives although no-one has yet been formally charged.

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Italian shipwreck captain facing new charge

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  • Captain and first officer investigated for manslaughter
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Captain and first officer investigated for manslaughter leaks say Captain knew scale of crash, misled executives Eight bodies found at wrecked Italian cruise ship THE captain of the sunken Costa Concordiacruise liner is being prosecuted for failing to describe to maritime authorities the scope of the disaster. Read More

Cocaine link in captain Francesco Schettino’s night of tragedy on the Costa

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TRACES of cocaine have been found on a hair sample from the captain of the stricken Costa Concordia. But experts say the discovery does not prove that Francesco Schettino, charged with abandoning his post when the cruise ship ran aground last month had used the drug. The cocaine was not found within the actual fabric of Captain Schettino’s hair or in his urine – the usual signs that someone took the drug.
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Tuscany invites tourists to shipwreck island

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Locals worried cruise disaster taking a toll on tourism Asking tourists to “make a gesture of love” for GiglioCosta Concordia survivors push for legal changes THE Italian region of Tuscany has invited tourists to visit the island of Giglio – the scene of a cruise ship disaster last month that locals fear could destroy the local economy.
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