Costa Concordia black box to be revealed in court

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Findings from the black box of the Costa Concordia cruise ship will be revealed on October 15, an Italian judge said Saturday at a hearing where the data was due to have been presented. Lawyers representing survivors were at the technical hearing in Grosseto in central Italy where investigative judge Valeria Montesarchio said there had been delays in analysing all the data from the instruments on the ship.
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Sophia sails into row about monster ship in Venice

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The monstrous vessel, which is 40m longer than the wrecked Costa Concordia, swept past St Mark’s Square, and no doubt blotted out the sun from some positions, while protesters, like specks on the shore, waved banners which read “No Big Ships”.  Environmentalists are urging Italian screen legend Sophia Loren to ditch her endorsement of the latest giant cruise liner to sully the views and pollute the air of Venice. The 140000-tonne MSC Divina was christened by the actress last month in France.

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Venice environmentalists ask Sophia Loren to renounce ship

Reuters
Since the wreck of the Costa Concordia last January, environmentalists have stepped their efforts to have large cruise ships banned from the lagoon which surrounds the historic centre of the canal city. The Concordia capsized off the coast of the Tuscan island of Giglio after it hit rocks. Environmentalists on Saturday urged film diva Sophia Loren to help stop a big cruise ship named in her honor from ever entering the Venice lagoon because of potential damage to the city and the lagoon’s delicate ecosystem.

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Refloat of Italy’s Concordia wreck to be biggest ever

Reuters
By Catherine Hornby | ROME (Reuters) – Salvage crews will employ huge cranes and air tanks to refloat the half-submerged Costa Concordia cruise liner in the largest ever operation of its kind, according to a plan unveiled on Friday.

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Costa puts hopes on new flagship after cruise disaster

Reuters
By Stephen Jewkes | VENICE (Reuters) – Cruise operator Costa Crociere took delivery of a new flagship liner on Saturday, hoping the glamour of Italy’s biggest ship will mark a new era for a company whose reputation was marred by the deadly Concordia
disaster. The 114,500-tonne Costa Fascinosa, built by state-owned shipyard Fincantieri, has space for 3,500 passengers. An even bigger vessel, with 5,000 berths, should be ready in 2014 for a company that says bookings have recovered from the crisis.
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For diver, Concordia should be sunk, not saved

The Costa Concordia, the wrecked liner which has been half-submerged near the Italian island of Giglio since it hit a rock in January, could be a paradise for recreational scuba divers from around the world – if sunk instead of salvaged.”Every night I light a candle and say a prayer for it to sink,” Aldo Baffigi, a Giglio native, says of the 290-metre-long ship with its towering smokestack and four swimming pools.

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Costa Concordia salvage set to begin in May

CNN
By the CNN Wire Staff Removing the wrecked cruise liner Costa Concordia from the coastal waters off an Italian island will begin in May and take about a year.
“Once returned to a floating state, the wreck will be towed to an Italian port,” Costa Cruises said in a news release.

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Carnival cuts outlook on Costa wreck

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The company said its North American brands have taken a smaller hit than European liners like Costa Concordia – which capsized off the coast of Italy in January, killing at least 25 people – and predicted a broader companywide recovery in the next year to two. “As time passes, we are confident that our business will improve,” Carnival operations chief Howard Frank told analysts on a conference call.

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Watch Costa Concordia Documentary Online Free

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In an exclusive, National Geographic Channel will take viewers on the gripping passage to death and drama on high-seas when the ill-fated  Costa Concordia , sunk off the coast of Italy on the 13th of January 2012. Suspense-filled, the documentary pieces together survivor testimony along with footage taken during the ship’s evacuation, using footage from images captured on cameras and mobile phones during the journey and in the dramatic and hectic hours as the ship went down.
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