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Big gaping hole, water is coming in, the engines are going to hell, so we wait
« Reply #210 on: February 14, 2012, 08:34:42 AM »
"In the dim emergency lighting on the bridge, the red and blue lights on monitoring screens are barely visible but it is possible to make out the captain, Francesco Schettino, and a dozen or so colleagues.

They are scanning the screens, telephoning and talking among themselves, initially fairly calmly but with growing tension as alarming news came from the engine room.

"The engines are not responding and going to hell," can be heard on the tape. "There is a big gaping hole and the water is coming in," someone else says.

"Wait until we get into shallower waters near the bank, at how many metres are we?"

Later someone can be heard announcing: "Captain, the passengers are starting to get into the lifeboats by themselves."

Schettino is heard to reply in Neapolitan dialect: "E vabbuo [OK, that's all right]."

http://www.montrealgazette.com/travel/Captain+casual+cruise+ship+keels+video+shows/6140599/story.html

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Tight timetable for salvage bid "is absolutely ridiculous" says expert
« Reply #211 on: February 14, 2012, 08:39:38 AM »
"A prominent salvage expert has criticised the speed with which companies have been asked to submit bids to remove the wreck of the Costa Concordia.

Costa Cruises has invited 10 salvage companies to tender for the work by early next month, aiming to select the successful bidder by the end March.

But such a tight timetable “is absolutely ridiculous”, according to former International Salvage Union president... "

http://www.lloydslistdcn.com.au/archive/2012/02-feb/13/salvor-slams-2018ridiculous2019-bid-deadlines

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Domnica may have taken the previously secret video
« Reply #212 on: February 14, 2012, 08:43:35 AM »
"But after less than 30 minutes, with the ship listing at 20 degrees, disarray has set in.

A man identified as captain Francesco Schettino is seen talking on the phone while a senior colleague shouts: “What do we do?”

Then, 25 minutes before the "abandon ship" signal is given, one officer is heard saying: "Passengers are getting into the life boats", to which a man believed to be Schettino replies: "Vabbuo", which means "whatever".

The film also appears to reveal officers saying they were leaving the ship 10 minutes before the order was given to passengers.

The Corriere della Sera newspaper speculated that the sounds of heels near the mystery cameraman or woman meant that the married captain's presumed lover, Domnica Cemortan, 24, may have taken the video."

http://www.tradewindsnews.com/costa/663612/chaos-on-the-bridge


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Costa will give survivors more time to accept offer of $14,463 as compensation
« Reply #213 on: February 14, 2012, 11:14:52 PM »
"Costa Cruises today announced it would give survivors of last month's Costa Concordia accident more time to think about a settlement offer the company proposed several weeks ago.

The Italy-based line, which is owned by industry giant Carnival Corp., said it had extended the deadline for passengers to accept 11,000 euro in compensation until March 31.

Passengers originally had until today to accept the offer, which is worth about $14,463 at current exchange rates."

http://travel.usatoday.com/cruises/post/2012/02/costa-concordia-cruise-ship-accident-/627947/1

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Italian President expresses regret
« Reply #214 on: February 14, 2012, 11:18:58 PM »
"Italian President Giorgio Napolitano has attended a memorial mass in Rome for the victims of last month's Costa Concordia shipwreck and expressed ''regret'' for any blame ascribed to his compatriots.

''It was a tragedy and I express regret for whatever responsibility there was, Italian and by Italians,'' Mr Napolitano said."

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/news/world/world/general/italy-holds-mass-for-ship-dead/2454362.aspx

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How to become a "Captain Coward" lookalike at the Milan Festival
« Reply #215 on: February 17, 2012, 10:24:52 PM »
"Captain Francesco Schettino’s costume is in high-demand for the annual ‘Milan Festival’ where Milanese dress up as famous public figures.

According to The Daily Mail, the usual Silvio Berlusconi parodies have been dropped this time in favour of Schettino, the man branded ‘Captain Coward’ for fleeing the sinking ship after it struck rocks off the Italian coast in the Mediterranean.

A famous Italian boutique Bottega del Carnevale in Brera has reproduced the white linen shirt and a hat wore by Schettino, and is retailing for more than 40 pounds."

http://zeenews.india.com/news/world/italy-costa-concordia-captain-s-uniform-on-sale_758755.html



http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2101686/Costa-Concordia-captain-Francesco-Schettino-uniforms-sale-Italy.html?ito=feeds-newsxml

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Come visit CostaWorld and bring the family
« Reply #216 on: February 17, 2012, 10:29:40 PM »
"THE Italian region of Tuscany has invited tourists to visit the island of Giglio - the scene of a cruise ship disaster last month that locals fear could destroy the local economy.

"We will ensure that the island of Giglio is favoured in our campaigns but the main promotion is for everyone to make a gesture of love by going to Giglio," said Cristina Scaletti, head of Tuscany's tourism department.

I went there last year on holiday and I will be going back this year with my whole family,'' Scaletti said on the sidelines of a tourism fair in Milan."

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/travel/news/tuscany-invites-tourists-to-shipwreck-island/story-e6frg8ro-1226273591885

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Three bosses at Carnival have landed high dollar stock options.
« Reply #217 on: February 17, 2012, 10:36:28 PM »
"Three bosses at Carnival, the cruise line group which owns the doomed Costa Concordia, have landed £4.3m between them in share options.

Some 17 passengers and crew died and 15 are still missing after the cruise liner capsized in January off the coast of Italy.

The global head of Carnival Corporation, Micky Arison, took ownership of £1.7m in shares last night according to company documents filed at 5.37pm."

Read more: http://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/markets/article-2102744/Trio-bosses-cruise-line-group-Carnival-land-4-3m-shares.html#ixzz1mhVPi9Ge

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Scam Alert
« Reply #218 on: February 17, 2012, 10:43:10 PM »
"Italian cruise ship operator Costa Crociere said Friday it was taking legal action against a woman who falsely claimed to have suffered a miscarriage as a result of the Costa Concordia tragedy last month.

"The company has confirmed that neither the woman nor her husband was on the Costa Concordia's guest list," Costa Crociere said in a statement, referring to a couple who had asked for 1.0 million euros ($1.3 million) in damages.


Costa Crociere said it "intends to file a complaint with the legal authorities and that it will take similar action in response to any similar scams or attempts at profiteering in the wake of the Concordia tragedy.

"The woman was purportedly five months pregnant when she went on the cruise and lost her baby several days after escaping the stranded ship off the coast of the island of Giglio," the company said.

It said an Italian television programme "investigated the claims and discovered that the whole story was in fact made up: the couple were using false identities and neither of them had been on board".

http://news.ph.msn.com/business/article.aspx?cp-documentid=5897952



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Re: Many dead after Carnival owned cruise ship runs aground off Italy
« Reply #219 on: February 18, 2012, 11:52:36 AM »
I don't know if you posted this before (since there are so many)
Is there anything that guy is innocent of.  ;)

http://travel.usatoday.com/cruises/story/2012-02-18/Lawyers-Cocaine-found-in-sample-of-cruise-captains-hair/53139926/1

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Guilty until proven innocent?
« Reply #220 on: February 18, 2012, 01:48:45 PM »
Here's a summary of the latest from the link RichC mentioned:

"ROME (AP) – A group representing survivors of the capsized Costa Concordia cruise ship say traces of cocaine were found on a sample of the captain's hair but not within the hair strands or in his urine — which would have indicated he had used the drug.

Italian consumer protection group Codacons said Saturday it has asked prosecutors investigating Captain Francesco Schettino to order another test.

It says analyses show no evidence of cocaine in Schettino's body. But Codacons says traces of cocaine were found on hair samples and in an envelope containing the hair."



The cocaine was not found within  the actual fabric of Schettino’s hair  or in his urine – the usual signs that someone ingested the drug.

Stefano Zerbi, representing some of the survivors, described the results as ‘very strange’, saying he believed the samples ‘more than anything else, had been badly preserved and contamination might have resulted’.

Experts have  also suggested that Schettino may have been around the cocaine even if he did not consume any.


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2103120/Cocaine-traces-Captain-Cowards-hair-Survivors-push-new-drug-tests-strange-finding.html
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Re: Many dead after Carnival owned cruise ship runs aground off Italy
« Reply #221 on: February 18, 2012, 09:12:26 PM »
Documentary on Concordia disaster airs on Australian TV, tonight Sunday.  It is a British production based on pax camera phone footage taken during all stages of the incident.   Has it been shown on US TV yet?
CHEERS..Les from Batemans Bay, NSW, Australia

Princess Elite Cruiser, (480 days,) also cruised with Celebrity, P&O Australia and P&O UK, HAL, Carnival, Cunard and Sitmar. Plus Sydney Harbour Ferries !!

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On our idiot boxes
« Reply #222 on: February 18, 2012, 09:50:45 PM »
In the U.S. Nat Geo's "Italian Cruise Ship Disaster: The Untold Stories" was aired.

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"Schettino himself had said he was taking tranquilizers before the accident"
« Reply #223 on: February 18, 2012, 09:55:49 PM »
"Codacons, whose own experts were present at the tests, said the results were unreliable as they had also failed to show signs of tranquilizers that Schettino himself had said he was taking before the accident."

http://tvnz.co.nz/world-news/italy-shipwreck-captain-tests-negative-drugs-4730653

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Prosecutors won't rest until Schettino is behind bars
« Reply #224 on: February 24, 2012, 03:54:36 PM »
(AGI)Grosseto- The prosecution for the Costa Concordia case appealed against the decision to place the captain under house arrest. The public prosecutor's office of Grosseto seek to overturn the decision by the appeals tribunal in Florence which confirmed Francesco Schettino's sentence to house arrest on February 7.

http://www.agi.it/english-version/italy/elenco-notizie/201202242121-cro-ren1090-concordia_case_prosecution_demand_schettino_return_to_jail