Carnival Corp. says all maritime interests must assist without question those in trouble at sea, a duty that would not include reimbursing the U.S. government nearly $780,000 for costs associated with the rescue of the crippled Triumph cruise ship. Carnival released letters Friday replying to an inquiry by U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, a West Virginia Democrat who chairs the Senate Commerce Committee, about the Triumph stranding and the cruise line’s overall safety record. Among Rockefeller’s questions was whether Carnival would repay the government for Coast Guard costs in the Triumph case as well as $3.4 million to the Coast Guard and Navy from the 2010 stranding of the Carnival Splendor in the Pacific Ocean.
January 8, 2013. Long-Term Impact From the Costa Concordia Cruise Disaster? Tweet. Special: The Costa Concordia Disaster, 1 Year Later ) — The Costa Concordia tragedy shined a bright light on cruising and the industry’s safety precautions. In the year since the tragedy, the cruise industry has vowed to monitor and improve safety standards.
NBCNews.com Costa Concordia cruise ship captain says sacking unfair. The captain of the Costa Concordia which ran into a rock and capsized off the Italian coast in January, killing up to 32 people, has sued for wrongful dismissal, his lawyer said on Wednesday. Italian Francesco Schettino was not only fired by Costa Cruises but is accused by prosecutors of causing the accident by sailing the luxury cruise liner too close to shore.He faces charges of multiple manslaughter and abandoning ship and preliminary hearings will begin on Oct. 15.
A broken-down cargo ship was drifting towards the fringes of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef Saturday, with fears of major damage if it were to run aground at the World Heritage-listed site. Authorities were rushing to the assistance of the Hong Kong-flagged bulk carrier, the ID Integrity, which broke down north of Cairns.
Daily News & Analysis Costa Concordia, the luxury cruise ship that ran aground off the Italian coast in January 2012, will be salvaged in one piece, according to a report. The US-owned company Titan Salvage has won the bid to remove the ship, which struck the island of Giglio on January 13, after its captain allegedly steered the liner carrying 4200 people close to shore in an apparent stunt.
Finally, the Costa Concordia cruise ship’s Jan. 13 grounding off Italy, which killed several passengers, seems not to be deterring other seagoers. The two latter incidents sparked memories for me, neither of them tragic and one somewhat burlesque. Read More
Despite 17 deaths and 15 still missing, a large majority of Canadians say the Costa Concordia sinking won’t discourage them from booking a cruise, according to the results of a new poll. The results of the poll, conducted by Ipsos-Reid for Postmedia News and Global Television, suggest 71 per cent of Canadians believe the Jan. 13 incident was isolated and doesn’t point to broader problems in the cruise industry. Read More