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« Reply #330 on: August 16, 2012, 04:19:57 PM »

"Locals say hotel bookings and vacation rentals are down on Giglio, in part because of Italy's economic crisis. But the picturesque island - so off-the-beaten-track that most guidebooks mention it in passing, if at all - is drawing a new breed of visitor.

Ticket touts in Santo Stefano, about 10 miles east of Giglio, sell sightseeing boat trips to the wreck for as little as $12 - and "there has been a rise in the number of tourists coming for the day, with curious people taking photos of the giant sprawled on the rocks," mayor Sergio Ortelli told AFP.

Meanwhile, investigators continue their probe on why the ship was sailing so close to the island at high speed, and why the evacuation was delayed for more than an hour after the crash. Captain Francesco Schettino is suspected of abandoning ship before the evacuation was completed.

No trial is expected before the beginning of 2013 at the earliest."

http://travel.usatoday.com/destinations/dispatches/post/2012/08/costa-concordia-wreck-draws-new-wave-of-disaster-tourists--/824095/1

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« Reply #331 on: September 07, 2012, 11:03:42 AM »

"The disgraced captain of the Costa Concordia told his passengers that the doomed cruise ship had simply suffered a 'power cut' moments after it had hit a reef and begun to sink.

The disaster off the Italian Island of Giglio in January this year claimed the lives of 32 passengers including a five-year-old girl.

Recordings retrieved from the ship's 'black box' show how Captain Francesco Schettino deliberately misinformed both the passengers and the Italian coastguard to the true extent of the accident.

Seconds after the collision at 9.45pm he is heard saying: 'Madonna what have I done?'

He then calls down to the engine room and asks: 'Are we really going down?'

But three minutes later at 9.54, he instructs an officer on the bridge to tell passengers 'there has been a blackout'.


And at 10.02pm he calls the Italian coastguard saying: 'We've had a blackout, we're just evaluating... at most we're going to need a tugboat.'

He continued to resist calls from his officers to abandon the ship until 11.19pm.


Capt Schettino escaped the 1,000 ft liner before all the passengers had been evacuated and later told magistrates he had 'tripped' into a life boat.

As the evacuation of the 4,200 passengers and crew was under way, he telephoned his wife, Fabiola, to say everything was 'under control'.

'We hit a reef, the ship is listing but I performed a great manoeuvre ... everything is under control.'

But in a subsequent phone call he told her: 'My career as a captain is over.'

In his own account of the fateful night he claimed that his sailing know-how and 'intuition', abetted by divine intervention, had caused him to change course at the last moment - and prevent a much greater loss of life.

'At that moment a divine hand definitely landed on my head,' he said. 'If I had continued on that route, we would have hit the rock with the bow. It would have been a massacre.'

The black box recordings were obtained by the Italian La Stampa newspaper."

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2199715/Costa-Concordia-Captain-Francesco-Schettino-told-passengers-just-power-cut-cruise-ship-crash.html?ito=feeds-newsxml


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« Reply #332 on: September 18, 2012, 10:25:01 AM »

"Pier Luigi Foschi, who retired in July as CEO of Costa Cruises, was named to a new job overseeing Carnival Corp.'s strategy in the rapidly expanding Asia market.

Foschi will become chairman and CEO of a new unit, Carnival Asia, in addition to his role as chairman of Costa Cruises.

His responsibilities include establishing Carnival Corp.'s new corporate offices in Singapore and providing help to the company's various operating units in pursuing their Asian strategies.

Currently, Carnival Corp.'s Asia operations include two Costa ships based in China and Singapore and a Princess ship scheduled to launch a series of voyages from Japan next spring. "

http://www.travelweekly.com/Cruise-Travel/Foschi-takes-on-new-role-at-Carnival-Corp-/?a=cruise&cid=eltrcruise

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« Reply #333 on: September 24, 2012, 08:30:02 PM »

"According to press reports of the leaked investigation into the Costa Concordia tragedy, poor judgement, inadequate training, and language barriers were all apparently contributing factors. Of these, communication issues are in some sense the most problematic. This article highlights one approach to bridging language and cultural barriers on board."

http://www.maritimeprofessional.com/Blogs/Maritime-Training-Issues/September-2012/The-Human-Factor-on-the-Costa-Concordia--How-to-Ad.aspx
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« Reply #334 on: September 24, 2012, 08:32:41 PM »

"ROME — Court-appointed experts have squarely blamed the captain of a cruise ship that ran aground off Italy for the wreckage and deaths of 32 people, but they also faulted the crew and ship owner for a series of blunders, delays and safety breaches that contributed to the disaster."

"The analysis came out Wednesday and was placed online Thursday by the Rome daily La Repubblica.

The experts contrasted what went wrong on board with maritime rules and procedures and determined that Schettino should have given the "abandon ship" order at 10 p.m. that night, 15 minutes after the 9:45 p.m. grounding against the rocks off Giglio.

Instead, the evacuation order only went out at 10:43 p.m. – and Schettino himself didn't give it but another officer, in violation of maritime rules. By that time, passengers on their own had already reported to their muster stations with life jackets on, despite a decision from a crew member at one point that they should go back to the dining room.

"Madonna, what a mess I've made," Schettino muttered soon after the collision, according to the transcript.

Beyond Schettino's faults, the experts said a series of problems hobbled the execution of his initial maneuver and efforts to fix it, and contributed to the botched evacuation. Bridge crew members bungled directions and didn't his understand orders because of language barriers. Other crew members weren't trained or certified in security and emergency drills, the report found."

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/13/francesco-schettino-costa-concordia_n_1880338.html

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« Reply #335 on: September 24, 2012, 08:40:58 PM »

"Costa Crociere Group has appointed Tom Strang in the new position of senior vice president maritime development and compliance for the company.

The move follows the sinking of the Costa Concordia earlier this year, with the loss of more than 30 lives.

Strang will report directly to Michael Thamm, chief executive of the Costa Group, and be responsible for ensuring that industry regulations and safety standards are continuously updated and adjusted."

http://www.breakingtravelnews.com/news/article/new-head-of-maritime-compliance-for-costa-group/
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« Reply #336 on: September 24, 2012, 08:45:33 PM »

"Lori Nix is a New York photographer who often works with "unnatural disasters" and is a part of the judging panel and offers up suggestions as to what the contest is looking for. "This ship could offer the same benefit to marine life in addition to providing a destination for adventurous divers," Nix writers on the ICSplat website. "Above the waterline, they could introduce indigenous plants and other native species of bird and small animal to create a new habitat."

http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/332231
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« Reply #337 on: September 24, 2012, 08:53:42 PM »

"Other utterings the tapes reveal include his 9:56 call to the emergency center of Costa Crociere, the owner/operator of the ship, telling the crisis coordinator there, Roberto Ferrarini: "Roberto, I fucked up!" He also tells Ferrarini he passed "close by and I hit shallow water with the stern."

And at 11:08, 17 minutes after giving the order to abandon ship he called his wife Fabiola at their home in a small town near Naples. "Fabi', my career as a captain is over. We hit a reef, the ship is listing but I performed a great maneuver (and) everything is under control," he tells her. "Don't worry, let's forget all this sailing and we can start another job."

http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/332503


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« Reply #338 on: September 28, 2012, 01:33:50 AM »

One wonders what Capitano Schettini's fate will be when this is all over.   One would think he would be charged with Mansalughter if he has not been already.   It will be then up to the Italian Justice system.   I have not been following this issue very closely.  All a bit drawn out.  Ship still there, enquiry drags on etc. Roll Eyes

Costa has certainly 'shuffled the pack' with its replacement executives, no doubt all organised by 'Mother Carnival.' Huh
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« Reply #339 on: September 28, 2012, 10:01:09 AM »

One wonders what Capitano Schettini's fate will be when this is all over.   One would think he would be charged with Mansalughter if he has not been already.   It will be then up to the Italian Justice system.   I have not been following this issue very closely.  All a bit drawn out.  Ship still there, enquiry drags on etc. Roll Eyes
Costa has certainly 'shuffled the pack' with its replacement executives, no doubt all organised by 'Mother Carnival.' Huh

He will never Captain a ship again. A Captain's first responsibility is to his passengers and/or cargo. That is what he gets paid for. Whether he will be criminally negligent will be up to the Italian courts, however his employers may feel some of that pain also because they are responsible for the manning of their ships. His leaving his ship before ensuring all his passengers were accounted for will weigh heavily against him. With the Italian Coast Guard as a witness to his actions he stands very little chance of overcoming any charges of guilt. Angry
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« Reply #340 on: September 29, 2012, 12:50:24 AM »

Maybe Capitano Schettini could be employed by Princess as a junior waiter, no, make it a dishwasher.
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« Reply #341 on: October 03, 2012, 09:46:11 AM »

"2:17PM EST October 1. 2012 - A judge in Florida has dismissed a lawsuit filed by Italian businesses against Miami-based Carnival Corp. over the fatal capsizing of a cruise ship off Italy's coast.

U.S. District Judge Robin Rosenbaum agreed with Carnival that the lawsuit should be filed in Italy, not the U.S. Up to 1,000 businesses on the island where the Costa Concordia ship ran aground had sought to sue Carnival in U.S. courts because it is Costa's parent company."

http://www.usatoday.com/story/cruiselog/2012/10/01/costa-concordia-cruise-lawsuit/1605345/

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« Reply #342 on: October 03, 2012, 09:47:49 AM »

"A BEVERLEY company is part of team tasked with salvaging the Costa Concordia after securing the biggest contracts in its history.

"Dalby Offshore Limited has been awarded a multi-million contract to help salvage and raise the ill-fated vessel from the Island of Giglio, north of Rome in Italy.

The 114,500 tonne ship remains partially submerged 300m off the coast of Giglio after running aground on January 13.

Due to the scale of the high-profile disaster and the marine conditions surrounding the vessel, the salvage operation – which is estimated to be worth at least $500 million – has been described as one of the biggest and most complicated in marine history.

Dalby Offshore Limited has now been named as one of the companies that is part of an international team instructed with raising the vessel and returning it to shore."

http://www.thisisscunthorpe.co.uk/Firm-help-salvage-Costa-Concordia-wreck/story-17025238-detail/story.html
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« Reply #343 on: October 03, 2012, 09:51:04 AM »

"The crew of the Costa Concordia, the huge cruise liner which capsized off the coast of Italy in January killing as many as 32 people, has won the Lloyd's List 'Seafarer of the Year' award.

The citation for the award said the crew provided "true examples of courage and professionalism" during the dangerous night evacuation of the ship after it was fatally holed by a rock off the Tuscan island of Giglio."

http://www.smh.com.au/travel/travel-incidents/costa-concordia-wins-seafarer-of-the-year-award-20121001-26uo5.html
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« Reply #344 on: October 03, 2012, 09:53:55 AM »

"Bulgarian cruise ship technician Petar Petrov, who saved hundreds of people aboard Costa Concordia cruise liner, will be awarded Monday the European Citizen of the European Parliament Prize.

Petrov will receive the award by Bulgaria's EU Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, Kristalina Georgieva, who will be the official guest of the event, held in the building of the Parliament in downtown Sofia."

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