Costa Concordia to be righted next week

More than 20 months after it capsized in shallow waters off the coast of Italy, the Costa Concordia cruise ship is finally set to be righted Monday in a massive, risky operation set to last 12 hours.

Since captain Francesco Schettino ran the ship aground Jan. 13, 2012, off the island of Giglio, killing 32 people, Italian officials have fretted over how to move the giant vessel.

Even just a few months ago, the plan seemed “crazy” — and there was no “plan B” if it failed.

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Italy Approves Attempt To Set Costa Concordia Upright

Italy Approves Attempt To Set Costa Concordia Upright, Plan To Tow Ship’s Remains To Port

Italy has given the go-ahead for an ambitious attempt to set upright the Costa Concordia cruise liner, which went aground near an Italian island in 2012, killing 32 people.

The national Civil Protection agency said Friday the operation will be carried out later this month, once final safety certificates are issued. The exact date depends on calm seas near Giglio Island.

If engineers and crews succeed in righting the Concordia, the vessel will be eventually towed to a port for dismantling.

The manslaughter trial of the Concordia’s captain, Francesco Schettino, resumes on Sept. 23. The ship struck a reef, took on water and listed badly before capsizing off Giglio’s port.

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Two cruise ship passengers missing after falling overboard off Australia

Authorities were conducting an air and marine search Thursday off Australia’s east coast for two cruise passengers who were believed to have fallen overboard the night before. The couple, Australian citizens from New South Wales state, were discovered missing Thursday morning after the Carnival Spirit docked at Sydney’s Circular Quay, at the end of a 10-day journey, said New South Wales Police Superintendent Mark Hutchings. He said surveillance camera footage showed that the couple — a 30-year-old man and a 26-year-old woman whose names have not been released — fell from the ship’s mid deck Wednesday night, when the ship was about 120 kilometers (65 nautical miles) off the coast of Forster, a city 300 kilometers (185 miles) north of Sydney.

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Second Carnival Cruise Ship Having Trouble at Sea

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Another day, another Carnival cruise ship is having issues. The company announced late Thursday night that the Carnival Legend, currently off the coast of Honduras, is unable to sail at its optimal speed because of a technical problem, forcing the ship to cut short passengers’ vacation. The Carnival Legend has canceled its visit to Grand Cayman today so it can immediately return to its homeport in Tampa Bay, Fla., according to a news release. The Legend is on the last leg of a seven-day Caribbean cruise that departed Tampa March 10.

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L’avvocato Bruno Leporatti di Grosseto ha rinunciato alla difesa del comandante della Costa Concordia, Francesco Schettino. La notizia è riportata da alcuni giornali locali che non riferiscono i motivi della decisione di Leporatti, difensore di Schettino fin dall’inizio della vicenda quando il comandante fu fermato all’Isola del Giglio all’indomani del naufragio del 13 gennaio scorso.

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Captain Francesco Schettino gained infamy in January after abandoning his cruise ship, the Costa Concordia, when it sank off the Tuscan island of Giglio in Italy. Schettino allegedly piloted the liner too close to shore as a “salute,” which ended in disaster and the deaths of 32 people.Dubbed “Captain Coward” by the press, Schettino has faced a wave of criticism over the tragedy, which cost him his job, and may result in charges of manslaughter.

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The cruise industry is starting to regain its sea legs.Shares of Royal Caribbean (RCL) coasted higher on Thursday after posting an encouraging quarterly report — and market leader Carnival (CCL) followed suit. Most of the cruising industry news this year has been disheartening, largely stemming from the grounding ofCosta Concordia off the Tuscan coast of Italy. The incident in January left at least 30 people dead. It was a tragedy in of itself

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Costa Concordia cruise ship captain says sacking unfair. The captain of the Costa Concordia which ran into a rock and capsized off the Italian coast in January, killing up to 32 people, has sued for wrongful dismissal, his lawyer said on Wednesday. Italian Francesco Schettino was not only fired by Costa Cruises but is accused by prosecutors of causing the accident by sailing the luxury cruise liner too close to shore.He faces charges of multiple manslaughter and abandoning ship and preliminary hearings will begin on Oct. 15.

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The Costa Concordia ran aground and capsized Jan. 13 off the Tuscan island of Giglio after Capt. Francesco Schettino took it off course in a stunt. He is accused of causing the shipwreck, manslaughter and abandoning the ship before before all passengers were evacuated.Eight other people are also under investigation, and the court in Grosseto ordered the expert investigation to help it determine which if any should be put on trial. A hearing is scheduled for next month.
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