Giglio residents vote to keep Concordia platforms

Residents of the Italian island of Giglio, where the Costa Concordia smashed into rocks two years ago, want to keep six massive undersea platforms used to support the cruise ship to create an artificial reef.

Defying a decision by Italy’s environmental ministry, which wants to remove the platforms now the ship has been towed away for scrap, Giglio’s town council has voted to keep the huge structures, which sit 90 feet below the surface close to the island’s main port.

“The people here want them to stay, and I am backing popular will,” said Gigilo mayor Sergio Ortelli. “We have voted to ask the ministry to keep it, if it is environmentally sound.”

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Helmsman from Costa Concordia disaster fails to turn up for trial of captain

Italian authorities are searching for the helmsman who was steering the Costa Concordia on the night it smashed into the island of Giglio after he failed to turn up for a court hearing in the trial of Capt Francesco Schettino on Tuesday.
Jacob Rusli Bin, from Indonesia, was supposed to have given evidence to the court in the Tuscan town of Grosseto but did not appear and could not be traced.
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Costa Concordia captain ‘plotted fatal sail past for days’


The captain of the doomed Costa Concordia cruise ship had been plotting his fatal “sail past” of the island of Giglio for days, a court has heard.

The Italian court was also told that after steering the 114,000 tonne vessel into the island’s rocky coast, Francesco Schettino failed to give clear instructions to officials after they discovered sea water flooding the engines through a tear in the hull.

Schettino is on trial facing charges of manslaughter, shipwreck and abandoning ship for his role in the capsizing of the Costa Concordia in January 2012 during which 32 passengers and crew drowned. He was in court in Grosseto on Monday to hear statements from engine room officer Giovanni Iaccarino.

“Schettino wanted to sail very close to Giglio the week before,” he said.

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Italy’s wrecked Costa Concordia cruise ship to be raised

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.

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Costa Concordia trial hears details of victims’ deaths

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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Costa Concordia’s Francesco Schettino ‘thrown off cruise liner’

The captain of the Costa Concordia did not abandon his ship but was inadvertently “thrown” off the cruise liner during a chaotic evacuation, his lawyer has said at the start of a long-anticipated trial. The trial of Capt Francesco Schettino opened in Grosseto, in Tuscany, the nearest city to the island of Giglio, where the giant ship capsized on the night of January 13, 2012, with the loss of 32 lives.
The 52-year-old captain had not deliberately left hundreds of terrified passengers and crew members to their fate but had been “lightly thrown off” the ship by accident, said Domenico Pepe, his lawyer.

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Costa Concordia will not be moved until May 2014

The wreck of the Costa Concordia will not be towed away from the island of Giglio until next Spring at the earliest – more than two years after it capsized, claiming the lives of 32 people. The timetable for removing the 950ft-long cruise liner has continually slipped, to the dismay of the island’s inhabitants, who want it towed off as soon as possible.
It was originally intended to refloat the ship and tow it away with tug boats early this Spring.

Costa Concordia will not be moved until May 2014…cont. The Telegraph

Giant boxes attached to Costa Concordia to help refloat it

The first of 30 giant hollow boxes has been attached to the side of the stricken Costa Concordia cruise ship, as efforts intensify to refloat the vessel more than a year after it capsized with the loss of 32 lives.
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Costa Concordia Victims’ Last Moments Revealed

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More than 4,000 passengers and crew were onboard the doomed Costa Concordia when it struck rocks after Schettino allegedly changed course in order to carry out a sail-by salute of a Mediterranean island to impress holidaymakers.

Details of the final moments of the 32 people who died in the Costa Concordia cruise ship tragedy have emerged in a prosecution report.

The 60-page document makes up the official request to have captain Francesco Schettino – who was in charge at the time – sent for trial.
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Tragedy and heroism as final moments of Costa Concordia victims are revealed. A five-year-old girl was unable to find a place on a lifeboat on the Costa Concordia, it has emerged, as compelling details of the nightmarish last moments of the victims were laid bare in a 60-page dossier deposited in an Italian court.

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Experience: we honeymooned on the Costa Concordia

The Guardian
It was 9.45pm on a Sunday evening and my wife, Emily, and I were relaxing in our cabin on the Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia. We’d married two weeks earlier and this was our honeymoon: 17 days cruising around Europe. At first we thought nothing of the soft scratching noise, although later we’d realise it was the sound of the hull being ripped open by a rock. Moments after, we felt the ship tilt ever so slightly to the starboard side…

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