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« Reply #315 on: July 22, 2012, 09:17:20 PM »

This will be the biggest wreck removal ever undertaken,” said Mark Hoddinott, general manager of the International Salvage Union. “Technically, it’s going to be very challenging.”

Preliminary steps started in June, and the rest of the delicate operation will unfold in stages until the ship is towed to an Italian port by the end of January -- if everything follows the schedule.

“The main enemy is winter weather and sea conditions,” said Pier Donato Vercellone, the project’s media consultant in a statement. “If sea conditions will not allow us to stabilize and upright the vessel according [to] schedule, the risk will increase.”

For now, workers from Pompano Beach-based Titan Salvage and Italian marine firm Micoperi are performing inspections that will wrap up by the end of the month. Exterior portions of the ship have been cut off, and the rock stuck in the ship’s port side is also being removed.

Before attempting to move the ship, the companies will attach heavy cables that are connected to poles in order to keep it from sliding, according to a plan that was released publicly in May.

Once the ship is stabilized, an undersea platform will be built and anchored to the sea floor. Watertight boxes that, like the platform and holdback system will be specially made for the operation, will be attached to the side of the Concordia that is out of the water. The installation of those platforms and boxes, called caissons, is scheduled to be finished by Nov. 15.

On December 1, one of the most sensitive steps of the process is scheduled to start. Two cranes that are fixed to the undersea platform will pull the ship to an upright position in one piece. The boxes on the ship’s side will be filled with water to help it roll.

Once the ship is up, a set of caissons will be attached to the other side as well. Both will be emptied of water and filled with air to help the vessel float again — which is expected to happen by Jan. 15.

If all goes as planned, Concordia will be delivered to an Italian port by Jan. 31. The ship has been declared a constructive total loss, which means the cost of repairing the Concordia would be greater than its value.

Once the ship is gone, the sea floor will be cleaned and flora will be replanted. Work should be fully finished by April 30.

Between 30-200 people will be working on the project at any given time, depending on the phase, Vercellone said."

http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/07/15/2897054/raising-the-costa-concordia-is.html
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« Reply #316 on: July 22, 2012, 09:22:11 PM »

"Costa had offered each Concordia passenger who returned home 11,000 euros or roughly $14,000 in compensation.

"That's a slap in the face. Shame on Costa," Miami attorney Gabrielle Lyn D'Alemberte, who represents the Warricks, said Wednesday.

D'Alemberte said Costa's offer, which the Warricks refused, would not have covered their out-of-pocket expenses, much less emotional damages.

The siblings "suffered and will continue to suffer severe discomfort, injuries and sickness, severe mental anguish, pain and loss of enjoyment of life," because of their ordeal, according to court papers.

D'Alemberte asserts the Warricks have a right to file a lawsuit here and not in Italy as the cruise ticket contract dictates, because they purchased their cruises on Costa's U.S. website.

It also would be prejudicial to take it to Italy as they'd be barred from litigation there since there's no contingency for personal injury in this case, she noted."


http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/2012-07-19/business/fl-costa-concordia-broward-lawsuit-20120719_1_concordia-passengers-concordia-survivors-costa-concordia
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« Reply #317 on: July 22, 2012, 09:30:30 PM »

"The family of the Costa Concordia disaster's youngest victim has received a seven-figure payment from the liner's owner, Costa Cruises.

The compensation to relatives of five-year-old Dayana Arlotti, whose body was found inside the wrecked liner next to her dead father, Williams Arlotti, is the first big individual settlement to be confirmed.

Lawyer Torquato Tristani, representing the parents of Mr Arlotti and his partner, Michela Arlotti Maroncelli, said the agreement with Costa Cruises had been made quickly, adding: "I can say that the compensation was very satisfactory and fair to all parties."

Compensation for Dayana's mother, Susy Albertini, was confirmed by her lawyer, Davide Veschi. A confidentiality clause ensures that the amounts paid to the parties cannot be revealed, although reports indicated that it ran into seven figures."

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/huge-payout-for-family-of-costa-concordias-youngest-victim-7960123.html

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« Reply #318 on: July 22, 2012, 09:38:14 PM »

"London: The disgraced captain of Costa Concordia, whose luxury-liner shipwreck killed 32 passengers in January this year, is said to be negotiating the price for his interviews with the media.

Captain Francesco Schettino, who is suspected of multiple manslaughter and abandoning ship ahead of his passengers, is negotiating two EUR 50,000 interviews, one with a TV channel and another with a news magazine.

Schettino's lawyer, Paul Bastianini, confirmed to La Stampa, that lucrative deals were currently being brokered on behalf of his client, The Independent reports.

http://zeenews.india.com/news/world/costa-concordia-captain-negotiating-%E2%82%AC50-000-deals_786049.html

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« Reply #319 on: July 22, 2012, 09:47:32 PM »

A US law firm said Tuesday it is suing Carnival, the American owner of the cruise liner shipwrecked off Italy this year, for allegedly leading its designers to sacrifice safety for profits.

The Eaves law firm said it was suing for punitive damages in California over the design of the doomed luxury Costa Concordia and hoped that a win would see all similarly designed cruise ships declared unseaworthy.

"This morning we filed a claim for punitive damages against Carnival and the architects who designed the Concordia, for purposefully ignoring safety to maximise profit," lawyer John Arthur Eaves told a Rome press conference.

Eaves, who said he is part of a collective of lawyers representing around 150 claimants from the liner, said the ship's design was fatally flawed "because it was top-heavy and had a propensity to roll".

"The sad tragedy is the race to build the biggest ship with the shallowest hulls and room for the most passengers. When will it stop? We decided we must file this complaint to stop a race which is destroying safety," he said.

The firm alleges Carnival "controlled or at least heavily influenced the design of the MV Costa Concordia to suit its commercial needs as opposed to best or even good marine practices."

It also brought legal proceedings against the architects, named simply as "John Does", for "designing the vessel to maximize passenger carrying capacity, but at the expense of seaworthiness, and passenger safety."

"The ship's shallow draught, the area below the waterline, made it unstable, so that it tilted quickly over and many lifeboats became useless," Eaves said.

http://www.theage.com.au/travel/travel-incidents/concordia-owners-sued-over-wrecked-ships-design-flaw-20120628-213ql.html
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« Reply #320 on: July 22, 2012, 09:53:42 PM »

"ROME — The Italian cruise ship which crashed in January killing 32 people was sailing with its sealed doors open, unapproved maps and faulty instruments, a newspaper reported on Tuesday citing investigators.

Some of the technical apparatus on board the Costa Concordia had been broken since January 9 -- four days before the tragedy off the Italian island of Giglio, Corriere della Sera said, citing leaked documents from the inquiry.

Ship owner Costa Crociere responded to the report saying that the ship's black box "had in fact only issued an error code, which in no way meant that the device was out of service, as is demonstrated by the fact that the data it contained were perfectly in line with engineers' expectations".

"There is no international regulation or convention that prohibits a ship from sailing in a similar situation," it said in a statement.

"The Vdr (Voyage Data Recorder) has broken down for the umpteenth time... The situation is becoming unbearable," Costa Crociere's technical director Pierfrancesco Ferro is quoted as telling a repair firm in an email.

An officer on board questioned by investigators also reportedly said watertight doors were open at the time of the impact as "this was a practice used during the navigation to ease the flow of people who were at work."

Costa Crociere, Europe's biggest cruise operator, said the doors were not open due to electric malfunctioning as asserted by Corriere della Sera.

It also said that the ship had "all the paper and electronic nautical charts needed to complete the voyage planned".

"It is the duty of the master (captain), based on the voyage plan he himself establishes, to verify that the ship is provided with any further nautical charts," it said.

"The ship should have never sailed so close to the coast," the company said."

http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5jdrf0L4qzQGqGtanuq00WZQchhMw?docId=CNG.a91adb0c35fe9ca85bfac4221561429b.931

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« Reply #321 on: July 22, 2012, 10:06:28 PM »

http://afr.com/p/opinion/chivalry_ends_when_the_ship_sinks_BT50wozjZYB2AHldbmJ2JJ

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« Reply #322 on: July 23, 2012, 12:27:10 PM »

"Bookings for Costa Cruises have rebounded significantly since the Costa Concordia accident earlier this year.

Costa's parent company Carnival Corp. said on Friday that booking volumes at Costa were up 25% compared with the same time one year ago."

"Carnival Corp. COO Howard Frank said during a conference call about Carnival Corp.'s second-quarter earnings that Costa had suffered a "significant loss" in bookings right after the accident.

The line introduced deep discounts to try and get some of that business back.

"The picture has improved" at Costa, Frank said. "Costa's booking volumes, stimulated by significant pricing initiatives as part of their re-marketing campaign introduced in April, have shown considerable strength."

http://travel.usatoday.com/cruises/post/2012/06/costa-cruises-bookings-concordia-/789874/1
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« Reply #323 on: July 28, 2012, 01:52:39 PM »

"LONDON, July 25 (Reuters) - British insurer Lancashire said it expected to return cash to shareholders this year as it reported a 33 percent drop in its quarterly profit, blaming bigger payouts related to the Costa Concordia shipwreck and dwindling investment returns."

"The widening Costa Concordia loss was driven largely by a $20 million payout on an industry loss warranty, a reinsurance contract that entitles the buyer to a payout if total insured losses from a claims event exceed an agreed threshold.

The ILW was triggered when estimated overall losses from the Concordia disaster exceeded $1 billion, forcing Lancashire to pay an unnamed reinsurance counterparty $20 million, said Jonny Creagh-Cohen, Lancashire's head of investor relations."

http://in.reuters.com/article/2012/07/25/lancashire-results-idINL6E8IP20M20120725

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« Reply #324 on: July 28, 2012, 02:02:19 PM »

"Nearly six months later, Andrea and Laurence are returning to Giglio, inspired by the warmth and empathy of the islanders that rescued them that night.

The Calgary couple is leaving for Giglio on July 5th and returning to Calgary on July 23rd, after cruising from Amsterdam.

“None of us could speak a word of each other’s language, and they were just so unbelievably amazing to us.”

“They are what brought us home. They are our reason for survival,” Andrea told the Herald on Friday.

Andrea recalls that after they and other survivors swam frantically from the sinking ship and climbed to safety on a rock, locals were the first to show up and take them to a school on the island.

Her feet, stung by coral, were in searing pain, while the rest of her body shivered uncontrollably, her damp clothes “like ice packs” on her body, she recalled.

But within moments, she said the attentive islanders had bathed her feet and removed the coral, fed her and dressed her in clean, warm clothes.

“After a couple of hours, I just had this feeling of safety and survival come over me,” she recalled.

Andrea said she wanted to thank them, but in her exhausted state, the only Italian word she could remember was “vino.”

“So I stood up and I started clapping my hands, saying ‘Vino! Vino!’” she recalled with a laugh. “And honestly, within minutes, this man came in with this case of wine.”

It was 4 a.m., but the cruise ship passengers and their Italian rescuers sipped on the wine and relished their new friendship.

“There isn’t a word between us,” she described the scene. “We can’t communicate, but it’s a language of love.”

Andrea, who has struggled to put the traumatic incident behind her, still gets emotional when she recounts the events of that night.

“We keep on hearing the noise of the crash,” she said, her voice breaking as she paused to collect herself. “Hearing all the glass shattering and bodies flying and people falling like ten pins and people being thrust into walls and chandeliers falling.”

Andrea said she gets angry when she remembers the lack of instruction from the ship’s captain, and how long it took her and her husband to get to safety."

http://www.calgaryherald.com/life/Costa+Concordia+survivors+returning+Italy+thank+rescuers/6864941/story.html


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« Reply #325 on: July 29, 2012, 04:20:49 AM »

"The former skipper of the Costa Concordia sunned himself off the Amalfi Coast yesterday, far from the Italian courthouse where a judge was weighing whether to indict him for his role in the shipwreck that killed 32 crew members and passengers."

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« Reply #326 on: August 02, 2012, 09:35:57 PM »

"This fall, Gladstone Gallery’s 21st street location will host a large-scale, boat-themed installation by Thomas Hirschhorn.

From the press release:

    At our 21st Street location Thomas Hirschhorn will create a large-scale installation inspired by the sinking of the cruise ship Costa Concordia, which ran aground off the coast of Italy in January 2012. The exhibition, “Concordia, Concordia” explores the conceit of the modern disaster, and turns the aphorism “too big to fail” on its head, exploring the notion that something that is too big is in fact destined to inevitable failure. The gallery space will be filled with a reconstruction of the sunken ship, with its displaced architecture, caught in a state of collapse. The exhibition will be on view from September 14 to October 20, 2012."

http://galleristny.com/2012/08/gladstone-plans-thomas-hirschorn-installation/

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« Reply #327 on: August 06, 2012, 06:58:26 PM »

"THE captain of disaster cruise liner the Costa Concordia returns to sea — as he sails a boat with a pal.

Francesco Schettino wore swimming trunks as he took to the waves near his home in Sorrento, Italy.

His pal steered the boat for a while — then handed over to the 52-year-old who was at the controls when the Concordia hit a reef off Italy in January."

http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/4465174/Costa-Concordia-captain-Francesco-Schettino-sails-again.html

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« Reply #328 on: August 06, 2012, 10:34:53 PM »

"THE captain of disaster cruise liner the Costa Concordia returns to sea — as he sails a boat with a pal.

Francesco Schettino wore swimming trunks as he took to the waves near his home in Sorrento, Italy.

His pal steered the boat for a while — then handed over to the 52-year-old who was at the controls when the Concordia hit a reef off Italy in January."

http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/4465174/Costa-Concordia-captain-Francesco-Schettino-sails-again.html




Now just where is Schettino's dancing lady friend on that motor boat? ::)l
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« Reply #329 on: August 14, 2012, 09:02:33 AM »

"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."

http://travel.usatoday.com/cruises/story/2012-08-13/Costa-Concordia-salvage-may-be-delayed-until-spring/57033624/1

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