THE captain of the shipwrecked Costa Concordia cruise liner personally ordered a route change which took the vessel dangerously close to the island of Giglio, an Italian court has been told.
The Concordia ran aground and capsized near Giglio on January 13, 2012, killing more than 30 people.
Captain Francesco Schettino is accused of having steered the ship close to the island to repeat a stunt – a so-called “bow” – which had been performed before.
First Deck Officer Giovanni Iaccarino told judges in Grosseto that on the night of the disaster the captain ordered the crew to sail at a distance of half a nautical mile from Giglio, rather than the normal 5 nautical miles.
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The wrecked Costa Concordia cruise ship could be upright again next week, nearly two years after the liner capsized and killed at least 30 people off the Italian coast.
The giant vessel, which has lain partly submerged in shallow waters off the Tuscan island of Giglio since the accident in January 2012, will be rolled off the seabed and onto underwater platforms.
Workers will look for the bodies of two people, an Italian and an Indian unaccounted for since the disaster, as machines haul the 114,000-tonne ship upright and underwater cameras comb the seabed.
The exact day of the Concordia’s rotation – known as parbuckling – has yet to be set, but on Wednesday Civil Protection Commissioner Franco Gabrielli said Monday was likely. Read More
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NEARLY two years after it struck rocks and capsized off the coast of Tuscany, the luxury cruise liner Costa Concordia is to be hoisted upright in an unprecedented billion-dollar salvage operation.
The project is, according to officials, the most complex such manoeuvre undertaken due to the size of the 290m ship, which weighs 114,500 tonnes, twice that of the Titanic, and because it is perched on its side on a steep, rocky slope.
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The captain of the capsized Costa Concordia on Thursday asked the judge at his manslaughter trial to order tests on the cruise liner’s wreckage to determine why electrical and other systems failed after the vessel struck a reef off an Italian island in 2012, killing 32 people.
The outcome of the request from Francesco Schettino, the sole defendant, won’t be known until at least September. After only two full days of hearings, Judge Giovanni Puliatti on Thursday adjourned the trial until Sept. 23 for summer’s break.
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The Italian court trying the captain of the Costa Concordia has heard grim details about how the 32 victims of the shipwreck drowned, some after diving or falling into the sea from the capsized cruise liner when lifeboats were no longer accessible. A court official read out the names of the deceased passengers and crew members and described how each one died, quoting verbatim from the indictment of the Concordia’s captain, Francesco Schettino.
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NEW YORK – Captain Francesco Schettino, the man at the helm just before the fatal Costa Concordiaaccident, sat down and spoke for himself for an hour-and-a-half exclusively to NBC News. He is accused of manslaughter, causing the wreck by coming too close to an island and then abandoning ship. He accepts some, but not all, responsibility for this enormous disaster which sent more than 4,000 people scrambling to get off the ship and killing 32 people, describing it to NBC’s Michelle Kosinki as “a really bad day in his life.”
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