Costa Concordia: Eight more bodies found as death toll rises to 25

Metro
Eight bodies, including that of a five-year-old girl, have been found by divers on the capsizedCosta Concordia cruise ship. It brings the number of confirmed dead since the ship hit rocks off the Tuscan island of Giglio last month to 25. The young girl is likely to be Dayana Arlotti, who was last seen with her father attempting to find a way off the stricken ship. Read More

Captain at centre of cruise ship disaster

Reuters
By Laura Viggiano and James Mackenzie | NAPLES, Italy (Reuters) – Francesco Schettino, the captain of the doomed cruise liner Costa Concordia, knew as soon as his ship struck a rock off the island of Giglio on January 13 that he had made a catastrophic error and a 30-year career at sea was ending in disgrace. Bringing the 114,500 tonne vessel to within a stone’s throw of shore, he had intended to perform a “salute” to the island for the benefit of Antonello Tievoli, the ship’s head waiter and a native of Giglio.

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TEXT-S&P on pressures facing international marine P&I

Reuters
“We also believe the recent high-profile loss arising from the grounding of the ‘Costa Concordia‘ may prove to be the greatest demonstration yet of the resilience of the International Group of P&I Clubs (IG) structure.” during the financial year ended February 2011, risk-based capital adequacy improved–likely to its best-ever level–supported mainly by continued improvements in underwriting results and the somewhat unexpected resilience of investment returns. However, there are signs of pressure on this strengthened level of capital, which may yet cause us to view the sector and even some individual clubs slightly less positively.

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In cruise ship disaster, an SOS for lawyers

Reuters
By Andrew Longstreth and Tom Hals | NEW YORK (Reuters) – Soon after Mitchell Proner, a New York personal-injury lawyer, heard about the capsizing of the Costa Concordia off the coast of Italy, he sprang into action. Proner, who specializes in  in motorcycle-accident lawsuits, has never litigated a maritime case. But he has at least one advantage over other U.S. lawyers who might want to sue over the disaster: He speaks Italian. Within days of the accident, he hopped a flight to Italy. Read More