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« Reply #495 on: December 11, 2014, 08:35:50 PM »

"Italian officials are suing the owner of the doomed Costa Concordia cruise ship for an eye-watering $275 million — over claims the liner disaster destroyed local tourism.

Costa Cruises, a unit of Carnival Corp., was hit with the mega-lawsuits by officials from Tuscany and the island of Giglio on Monday, according to reports.

They allege that the January 2012 disaster contributed to a major decline in visitors to the area, which they say will take "years" of investment to rectify."

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/italian-officials-sue-costa-concordia-owner-275m-article-1.2014526

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« Reply #496 on: December 11, 2014, 08:49:40 PM »

"As assistant prosecutor Alessandro Leopizzi questioned Schettino, the captain described a scene of utter chaos on the bridge both before and after the accident.

At one point he explained how it was common to invite passengers and guests on the bridge, and said they often tipped him. "I said there couldn't be more than 12 people at a time," he said. "And they would bring 20, 30, 70 euro a tour."

He acknowledged frequently conducting flyby activities -- deviating from the planned route to go closer to certain places -- with his cruise ship. "It was favorable from a commercial aspect," he said.

When the prosecutor asked if he had ever done a flyby past Giglio before, he said he couldn't remember but might have passed close by."

"Pushed as to why he used his binoculars instead of relying on the radar, Schettino said, "It was my habit to take my binoculars and look first. Not that I didn't trust the radar, but it was how I did it."

He was confident that the ship had enough room for the maneuver, he said.

In an audiotape played over the radar from the bridge extracted from the ship's data recorder, Schettino told his helmsman to turn, "otherwise we go on the rocks."

Asked why he made that comment, he said he was being ironic. "A few minutes later, I was told the danger we were in."

"Schettino has repeatedly presented a defiant face over the shipwreck.

He has pointed the finger at the Costa cruise company for not providing maps with the rocks he hit appropriately marked.

Schettino has also blamed the ship, saying generators did not work so the elevators did not function, which hindered some people's escape."


http://www.cnn.com/2014/12/02/world/europe/italy-costa-concordia-trial/
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« Reply #497 on: December 11, 2014, 08:57:36 PM »

"One of the things that went wrong during the approach to Giglio is that someone on the deck should have taken over look-out responsibilities from Indonesian crew member Jacob Rusli Bin, who was moved to the helmsman position, Schettino said.

His deputy Ciro Ambrosio, who was in command of the Concordia at the start of the manoeuvre, took that decision. Schettino said he did not notice the problem because, even if he was also there, he was busy with a phone conversation.

Schettino entered the Concordia's command room 11 minutes before the accident, but formally assumed control of the cruise liner five minutes later, leaving Ambrosio in charge for a while even as his superior was standing alongside him.

Black box recordings have previously revealed that once Schettino took over, Rusli Bin had trouble understanding his steering orders. It is a matter of controversy whether the collision could have been avoided had the helmsman acted more promptly."

http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/europe/63771184/costa-concordia-captain-stupid-mistake-caused-shipwreck
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« Reply #498 on: December 11, 2014, 09:03:09 PM »

"The ground-up loss to the reinsurance treaty of the International Group of protection and indemnity (P&I) clubs from the Costa Concordia sinking has increased by another $57mn to just under $1.5bn, The Insurance Insider can reveal."

http://www.insuranceinsider.com/costa-concordia-loss-swells-by-another-57mn
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« Reply #499 on: December 11, 2014, 09:10:01 PM »

"The captain on trial for manslaughter for the deaths of 32 people in the 2012 Costa Concordia shipwreck off Italy has testified that he didn't deem it necessary to order an early evacuation of the luxury liner."

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/concordia-captain-early-evacuation-27340149

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« Reply #500 on: December 11, 2014, 09:19:45 PM »

"In court, Schettino confirmed on Wednesday that he had left the bridge barely half an hour after ordering the launch of lifeboats, saying he needed to get a radio from his cabin.

The cabin was on the right hand side of the boat, which was tilted towards the sea and was soon to lurch further on to its starboard side, leaving him with no option but to disembark, he said."

"He rejected suggestions he had been negligent in failing to issue a clear "abandon ship" order, for fear of inciting panic. "I sweetened the pill," he told the court in Grosseto, Tuscany."

"The Concordia hit the rocks at 9.45pm and the order to abandon ship was not issued until 10.54pm by which time the boat had drifted back towards the island, where it eventually came to rest on the sea bed, half-submerged in about 20 metres of water."


http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1655641/costas-captain-francesco-schettino-blames-gravity-not-cowardice
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« Reply #501 on: December 11, 2014, 09:28:14 PM »

"A famous ballerina he was trying to steal a kiss from just before the collision is even ratting him out. According to her version of the story, she was sitting on his lap steering the vessel with a martini in her hand in pitch darkness when they felt the ship heave suddenly. The captain merely shrugged and said they had most likely run over something in the sea and that the ship probably had a flat tire. The ballerina, who is from Moldova and could barely understand Italian, let alone the captain’s awful dialect, began to think the captain was just being nice to her since the ship began to list violently to one side. She said that just then the captain called someone on the phone and ordered another strange-sounding drink called a “helicopter.” When the assumed bartender on the other end of the line said he didn’t know how to make one, he instead ordered another drink called a “lifeboat.” I don’t think she is going to be of much help to him, but that’s just my opinion."

http://advantagenews.com/features/commentary/off-the-top-of-my-head%3A-december-5,-2014/

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« Reply #502 on: December 11, 2014, 09:35:08 PM »

Francesco Schettino, nicknamed Captain Coward following the disaster, has previously claimed he 'stumbled' onto the life raft accidentally.

But a new video, shown at his manslaughter trial, appears to cast doubt on his version of events.

The images - filmed by an Italian fire brigade team - show Schettino standing in a tie and jacket waiting to board an emergency craft."

"Former ballerina Cemortan, whose luggage was discovered in the captain's cabin, has been accused of distracting Schettino by being on the bridge at the time of the collision.

She eventually admitted the month-long fling earlier in the trial, and said the captain was 'like a God on the ship'."

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/costa-concordia-video-shows-cowardly-4741579

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« Reply #503 on: December 11, 2014, 09:42:31 PM »

"Video has emerged of the captain of the doomed cruiseliner Costa Concordia preparing to leave the stricken ship, having previously claimed he had tripped into a lifeboat."



http://news.sky.com/story/1384946/costa-concordia-video-shows-captain-leaving
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« Reply #504 on: January 23, 2015, 09:55:29 PM »

"A prosecutor in the trial for the shipwreck of the Costa Concordia has contended that 32 people died not because the luxury cruise liner crashed into a reef, but due to “chaos, delays, errors” under the captain’s watch.

Prosecutor Alessandro Leopizzi was making final arguments today in the trial in Grosseto, Tuscany, of Francesco Schettino, who captained the Italian liner which capsized near tiny Giglio island in 2012.

Schettino is charged with manslaughter, causing the shipwreck, and abandoning ship while many passengers and crew were still aboard.

Some jumped or fell into the sea as the ship rolled over. Post-mortem examinations found victims drowned aboard or in the sea.

Schettino claimed the reef was not on the ship’s nautical charts.

A verdict is expected late next week."

http://www.breakingnews.ie/world/chaos-caused-costa-concordia-deaths-659359.html
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« Reply #505 on: January 23, 2015, 09:58:16 PM »

"If he is convicted, Schettino could appeal and would likely not be imprisoned until the end of all legal proceedings."

http://www.timeslive.co.za/world/2015/01/22/closing-argument-begin-in-trial-of-costa-concordia-s-captain
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« Reply #506 on: February 04, 2015, 04:38:01 PM »

"Prosecutors accused Schettino of failing to sound the emergency alarm after the Costa Concordia struck rocks off the Italian island of Giglio on January 13, 2012. The captain attempted to execute a dangerous shore-line manoeuvre with the Concordia, and abandoned the ship shortly after it wrecked — leaving 32 of the 4,229 passengers to die. He also failed to call for help. Schettino claims that he successfully saved lives after the Costa Concordia capsized, and blames his crew for failing to notify the captain of the oncoming rocks."

http://www.inquisitr.com/1790148/costa-concordia-captain-could-get-26-years-for-shipwreck-if-prosecutors-get-their-way/

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« Reply #507 on: February 09, 2015, 07:46:31 PM »

"GROSSETO, Italy –  Whatever verdict is delivered in the trial of the Italian sea captain for the shipwreck of the Costa Concordia cruise liner and for the deaths of 32 people, survivors and victims' families already are wondering if justice will be done.

The trial, expected to bring a verdict this week, has a sole defendant. Francesco Schettino is accused of causing the shipwreck on the night of Jan. 13, 2012, when he steered too close to a tiny Tuscan island, smashing into a granite reef that sliced open the hull, sending seawater rushing in.

Schettino is also charged with multiple manslaughter and injury, and of abandoning the luxury liner when many of the 4,200 passengers and crew were still aboard and desperately trying to save themselves — some by leaping into the sea — as the Concordia was capsizing.

Survivors, shivering as they staggered ashore on Giglio Island, were startled to see the captain, already safe on land, "without even getting his feet wet," noted Prosecutor Alessandro Leopizzi in closing arguments."

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2015/02/09/lawyers-for-concordia-shipwreck-survivors-demand-cruise-company-not-just/

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« Reply #508 on: February 10, 2015, 04:44:45 PM »

"The trial learned that an emergency generator didn't work; elevators didn't shut down; some crew didn't speak Italian, the ship's working language, and others barely spoke English."

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/costa-concordia-captains-defense-asks-mercy-verdict-looms-n303446

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« Reply #509 on: February 11, 2015, 07:10:09 PM »

"Grosseto, Italy (CNN)The captain of the Costa Concordia is guilty of manslaughter and other charges related to the ship's fatal wreck in January 2012 off the Italian coast, a judge announced Wednesday night, capping a tumultuous 19-month trial and providing a little more closure for dozens of grieving families.

Lengthy trial or not, the three-judge panel needed only about five hours to decide the fate of Francesco Schettino. Their choices: Agree with prosecutors who cast the captain as an "idiot" who abandoned ship like a coward, or with defense lawyers who characterized him as a "scapegoat" who ended up in a lifeboat only because he lost his balance and fell into it.

The judges apparently sided with prosecutors, and sentenced Schettino to spend 16 years in prison and to pay court costs."

http://www.cnn.com/2015/02/11/world/costa-concordia-trial/

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