Concordia: A year after on Jan 13

A year after the ship ran aground — leaving 30 dead — questions remain about its captain, the risk to marine life and when the Costa Concordia will be removed. Costa Concordia. Workers pass on a small boat near the Costa Concordia on Thursday. Salvage operations to raise the Costa Concordia began in May. Approximately 400 workers are on site day and night. Special care is being taken to protect the environment. A look at the plan:
One year later, Costa Concordia still half-submerged USA Today
Salvaging the Costa Concordia BBC News
Captain steered Costa Concordia ‘like a canoe’, says prosecutor The Guardian
Letter: Survivors ‘Not Welcome’ to Costa Concordia Anniversary Eyewitness News
captain piloted ship ‘like a canoe’ The Independent
New video emerges showing evacuation of Costa Concordia South Florida Business Journal
In pictures: first anniversary of Costa Concordia’s sinking adelaidenow
Costa Concordia survivor relives horror of ship wreck The Telegraph
Costa Concordia maneuvered like a canoe THe Independent
Embedded rock from Costa Concordia to be used in memorial
Salvage effort underway for cruise ship – CBS News CBS News

Costa Concordia survivors: ‘One year on, our lives are still in ruins’
The 43-year-old Hungarian was part of “Bianco Trio,” a group of three instrumentalists playing on the Costa Concordia, the giant cruise ship that capsized on January 13 last year. He lost his beloved double bass in the carnage, smashed his back and ripped his ankle ligaments, leaving him unable to work and now facing imminent eviction from his flat.He also lost his friend –

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Costa Concordia Captain Francesco Schettino Claims ‘Shocking Truth’

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Captain Francesco Schettino gained infamy in January after abandoning his cruise ship, the Costa Concordia, when it sank off the Tuscan island of Giglio in Italy. Schettino allegedly piloted the liner too close to shore as a “salute,” which ended in disaster and the deaths of 32 people.Dubbed “Captain Coward” by the press, Schettino has faced a wave of criticism over the tragedy, which cost him his job, and may result in charges of manslaughter.

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Experts: Costa Concordia equipment may not have been working before crash  
Francesco Schettino, the captain of the capsized Costa Concordia, faced the survivors and families of victims at a court hearing where audio from the ship’s black box was released. An Italian court heard on Tuesday that equipment aboard the Costa Concordia luxury liner may not have been functioning when she ran aground and capsized, killing 32 people. The list of issues compiled by a panel of court-appointed experts included a wide range of alleged malfunctions, from lights that did not work during the disaster to the possibility that radar equipment had been turned off or broken.
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Costa Concordia tragedy: Cruise ship’s salvage a wreck for Italian island

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Last January, the captain of the Italian mega-cruise ship Costa Concordia committed an apparent act of maritime bravado a few yards from the shore of a Tuscan island. Thirty people were killed, and two are still missing. Six months after one of the biggest passenger shipwrecks in recent history, relatives of the dead attended a memorial service near the site of the disaster.

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Cruise giant Carnival charts a course to safety
David Dingle, the UK boss of cruise giant Carnival, shifts around in his chair and thinks carefully about how to tackle the highly sensitive subject of the Costa Concordia disaster. This week will mark the six-month anniversary since that fateful night on January 13 when the luxury cruise liner, owned by Carnival’s Italian business Costa, hit rocks and sank off the Tuscan island of Giglio.

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Costa Concordia move could take a year
POMPANO BEACH, Fla., May 19 (UPI) — It will take crews up to a year to remove the Costa Concordiacruise ship from the Tuscan coast of Italy, officials said. Titan Salvage of Pompano Beach, Fla., is working with its Italian partner, Micoperi, on removing the ship, which ran aground off the island of Giglio, killing 32 passengers and crew. 

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Court rules Costa Concordia captain unfit to run ship
By Reuters Italy’s top appeals court ruled on Wednesday that Francesco Schettino, the captain of the Costa Concordia, was unfit to command the cruise liner which ran aground and capsized off the Tuscan island of Giglio in January, causing at least 30 deaths. In a written explanation of its decision to maintain a house arrest order against Schettino, the Court of Cassation said he had shown “little resilience in performing command functions or in handling responsibility for the safety of persons under his care.”

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Costa puts hopes on new flagship after cruise disaster

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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