Costa Concordia probe eyes board members

Italian cruise company Costa Crociere board members are under investigation, lawyers for passengers on the wrecked Costa Concordia cruise ship said. Attorneys for Justice for Concordia said Saturday the investigation involves allegations of collusion in the 2012 grounding of the ship, which killed 32 people. Prosecutors confirmed the investigation but told Italy’s ANSA news agency the probe was “an obligatory move.”

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Costa Concordia salvage may be delayed until spring

USA TODAY
ROME – Officials say the capsized Costa Concordia cruise ship will not be moved from its resting place off Italy’s Tuscan coast as quickly as planned. Giglio island Mayor Sergio Ortelli told reporters Monday that the timetable for removal of the liner, now lying on its side off the island’s port, has been pushed back.The Italian government office overseeing removal said in a statement that the Concordia should be set upright and able to float again by the end of spring 2013, ahead of Giglio’s next tourist season.
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Somalian pirates release oil tanker, $4M ransom

Times of Oman – ‎15 hours ago‎
Muscat: Oil and chemical tanker MT Liquid Velvet, hijacked by Somali pirates in the Gulf of Aden, was released from captivity on June 4, and is heading to Salalah, Oman, according to international maritime security forces. The tanker was hijacked on October 31, 2011 by Somali pirates while it was approaching the Gulf of Aden on its way to Mormugao, India. The Marshall Islands-flagged tanker is owned and managed by Athens-based Elmira Tankers.

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Costa Concordia move could take a year

UPI.com
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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Costa Concordia: New Ship And New Rules

Sky News
The Costa Concordia’s owner has brought in new safety measures for its ships, including real-time tracking of routes and limits on its captains’ absolute authority – as its biggest liner was launched. The measures are aimed at ensuring there is no repeat of the tragedy in which 32 people died. Emergency safety training will now be given to passengers before the ships leave port – and a monitoring system will identify anyone who have not attended and encourage them to do so. The new Costa Fascinosa

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Court: Italy cruise ship captain must stay under house arrest

CNN International
The cruise liner Costa Concordia, seen on January 25, hit rocks and sank off the coast of Italy’s Giglio Island. NEW: Capt. Francesco Schettino doesn’t have to be jailed, Italy’s highest court rules Rome (CNN) — Italy’s highest court ruled Tuesday

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