Lifeboat, Passenger Safety, on IMO’s MSC Agenda

IMO advises that its Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) is to meet at the Organization’s London headquarters for its 93rd session, from 14 to 23 May 2014, and a preview of main agenda items follows:
The MSC is expected to adopt amendments to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) related to lifeboat safety; continue its action plan of work on passenger ship safety, following the Costa Concordia incident; review the draft mandatory Polar Code and related draft SOLAS amendments; adopt amendments to SOLAS and other treaties to make mandatory the IMO Member State Audit Scheme; adopt a number of other important amendments; and consider items submitted by the sub-committees.

Lifeboat, Passenger Safety, on IMO’s MSC Agenda Publication

Concordia Captain Tried to Blame Wreck on Electrical Blackout

The captain of the Costa Concordia tried to persuade the crisis coordinator of the cruise line to pretend an electrical blackout had caused the shipwreck, a court was told on Monday.

The luxury liner hit rocks as it sailed close to the island of Giglio in January 2012, killing 32 people and setting off a chaotic evacuation of crew and passengers, some of who jumped into the sea and swam ashore.

Concordia Captain Tried to Blame Wreck on Electrical Blackout Marine Link

Tuscany to help family of diver Israel Franco Moreno killed on Concordia job

The Tuscany regional government said Tuesday that it is offering financial assistance to the family of a diver who was killed while working on the wreck of the Costa Concordia cruise liner. Israel Franco Moreno, 42, of Spain died Saturday while assisting with the salvage operation of the Costa Concordia, which killed 32 people when it crashed on rocks and sank in January 2012 off the Tuscan coast near Grossetto. Hundreds were injured in the shipwreck and since the disaster, efforts have been made to refloat the stricken liner so it can be towed away for salvage after it was set upright in September. An investigation is continuing but it is believed that Moreno, while trying to attack floatation tanks to the Concordia wreck, cut his leg and bled to death, despite efforts by his diving partner to get him to the surface and waiting paramedics.

Tuscany to help family of diver killed on Concordia job Gazetta del sud
Costa Concordia diver dies while working on wreckage Yachting & Boating World
Costa Concordia Diver Fatally Injured in Underwater Accident Marine Link
COSTA CONCORDIA Diver Dies After Injury Shipping Times
Costa Concordia takes 33rd victim as diver dies during salvage op Digital Journal
Diver killed working on Concordia in Italy ABC
Diver dies during work on Concordia Times of Malta

Costa Concordia Wreck Removal

A meeting of Giglio residents heard that the Condordia is stable: after the minor movements registered in the 15 days following the parbuckling operation the wreck has settled on the platform and seabed. Since then, the monitoring systems active 24/7 have not indicated any significant movement.

Present at the meeting with Giglio residents were Maria Sargentini, Chairman of the Observatory, Sergio Ortelli, Mayor of Giglio, and Franco Porcellacchia, coordinator of the Concordia wreck removal project for Costa Crociere.


The meeting also was informed that In the Livorno and Genoa shipyards, work is in progress to prepare the 15 sponsons that will be positioned on the starboard side (land side) and the remaining 4 on the right side (sea side) in order to proceed with the refloating phase and have the wreck ready for towing by the end of June 2014.

Costa Concordia Wreck Removal Marine Link
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Salvage teams began hauling the capsized Costa Concordia cruise ship upright on the Italian island of Giglio September 16. NTD
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Novacavi Cables Used for Concordia Wreck

Novacavi reported a second supply of marine cables used in the Costa Concordia shipwrecking salvage operation off the shore of the island of Giglio, Italy.

As the first delivery successfully performed during the parbuckling phase, Novacavi was called in again to provide high tech custom tailored cables for the positioning and survey systems in use in the progressing operation of Concordia wreck removal.

Novacavi Cables Used for Concordia Wreck Marine Link

Ro-Pax Ferries Bear Excessive Reinsurance Burden Says Broker

Insurance broker and Maritime London member Willis believes that ro-pax ferries are bearing an unfair share of costs allocated to passenger ships within the International Group of P&I Clubs’ reinsurance pool.

The broker’s head of global P&I, Ben Abraham, told delegates at the recent Interferry annual conference in Malta that there was a compelling argument to differentiate between pure passenger ships and ro-pax ferries, where most carrying capacity is taken up by freight, because their catastrophe risk is so different.

Ro-Pax Ferries Bear Excessive Reinsurance Burden Says Broker Marine Link

Costa Concordia Wreck: Winter Weather

Works to increase stability of the uprighted, but still grounded, wreck are in progress at Giglio island as winter approaches.

Adverse weather conditions registered recently, have caused minor movements of the wreck, considered by engineers as settlement on the false seabed, confirm the need to move forward with the so-called winterization measures to further stabilize the wreck for the winter.

The Commissioner for the Concordia emergency Franco Gabrielli, the Chairman of the Observatory Maria Sargentini, Mayor Sergio Ortelli and representatives from Costa and Titan Micoperi, met with the population of Giglio to update them on activities planned and ongoing.

Three winterization precautions were explained:

Costa Concordia Wreck: Winter Weather Marine Link

Lawyers Maintain Costa Concordia Owners Criminally Liable

On July 20, 2013, five crew members of the Costa Concordia cruise ship were convicted of manslaughter for their role in the shipwreck in January 2012, which resulted in the deaths of 32 people. The captain of the ship, Francesco Schettino, the only remaining defendant, is being tried separately. The owner of the cruise ship, Costa Crociere SpA/Carnival Corporation paid a fine of one million euro to avoid any criminal liability claim Ronai & Ronai. Holly Ostrov Ronai, Esq. stated that “Costa Crociere/Carnival Corp. did not properly train their employees to safely and effectively evacuate the passengers on their ship. The evacuation of the entire ship off Giglio Island clearly should not have taken over six hours to complete. Although the five employees and Captain Schettino caused the allision itself, Costa Crociere/Carnival Corp. should be held responsible for the deaths of the 32 people and injuries to others.”

Costa Concordia: Lawyers Maintain Owners Criminally Liable Marine Link
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Costa Concordia company to pay $1.3 million fine for shipwreck

DigitalJournal.com
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.

Costa Concordia company to pay $1.3 million fine for shipwreck Digital Journal
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Costa Concordia operator fined News.com.au

Costa Concordia & Maritime Error Management

MarineLink
Costa Concordia: An opportunity for advancing human factor awareness? Will the casualty advance desirable critical thinking and cognitive awareness or merely trigger shortfall RRPP? A maritime casualty with everything a novelist could hope for – a huge state-of-the-art modern passenger vessel strikes a rock and eventually grounds on the foreshore of a bucolic island town, thousands of lives are imperiled, likely chaos on the bridge, a captain – excoriated by officialdom – who contends he “fell” into one of the earliest departing lifeboats and now is suing to be re-hired by his former cruise line employer, divine intervention returning the vessel to shore according to the prosecutor, and – even – a mysterious blond and a Friday the 13th sailing and disaster date short by only three months from the 100th “anniversary” of R.M.S. Titanic striking an iceberg and sinking with tragic loss of life.
Costa Concordia & Maritime Error Management Marine Link