Costa Concordia Captain's Sentence Upheld
The prison sentence against the former captain of the Costa Concordia cruise liner for his role in the deadly 2012 shipwreck was upheld on Tuesday by an Italian court. Both Francesco Schettino, who was commanding the ship when it hit rocks off the Tuscan island of Giglio, killing 32 people, and the prosecutor had appealed against the 16 years and one month sentence handed down last year. But the Florence appeals court upheld the term. Schettino was found guilty last year by a different court of multiple manslaughter…
Costa Cruises Seeks to Reassure Italy over Job Loss Fears
A unit of one of the world's biggest cruise operators sought to reassure Italy on Friday that plans to transfer some of its operations to Germany did not mean it would move abroad. Costa Cruises, part of Carnival Corp, is based in the northern Italian port of Genoa, but transport workers union FIT-CISL fears the company's transfer plan spells job losses. Unions are concerned that the transfer of four Costa Cruises units to Hamburg would result in the loss of about 160 jobs and…
26-year Jail Term Sought for Concordia Master
An Italian prosecutor asked a court on Monday to sentence the captain of the Costa Concordia cruise liner to more than 26 years in jail for his role in the 2012 disaster that killed 32 people. Francesco Schettino was the commander of the vessel, a floating hotel as long as three football pitches, when it came too close to shore and hit rocks off the Tuscan holiday island of Giglio. In summing up arguments at the trial in the nearby of Grosseto, Prosecutor Maria Navarro said Schettino should serve 14 years for manslaughter and causing injuries…
Concordia Finally Heads for Scrapyard
The rusty hulk of the Costa Concordia began its journey to the scrapyard on Wednesday, after a two-year salvage operation off the Italian island where the cruise liner capsized two years ago, killing 32 people. Boats sounded horns and church bells rang as a tug boat slowly pulled the wreck of the liner, which was around two-and-a half times the size of the Titanic, away from the holiday island of Giglio, accompanied by a convoy of 14 vessels. Salvage workers gathered in bars at the port…
Two Years after Concordia Wreck, Captain Returns Aboard
Schettino's first visit aboard since 2012 shipwreck; Former captain accompanying investigators as defendant as new probe into unauthorized visit by Costa officials unfolds. The captain of the Costa Concordia, Francesco Schettino, went back on board on Thursday for the first time since the huge cruise liner sank with the loss of 32 lives just over two years ago, accompanying experts investigating the capsize. The twisted wreck of the 290-metre-long ship, now stabilised after a complex salvage operation last year…
Five Convicted for Costa Concordia Shipwreck
Five employees of an Italian cruise company for the Costa Concordia shipwreck that killed 32 crew and passengers were convicted in an Italian court on Saturday after it accepted their plea bargains. The longest sentence went to the crisis coordinator for Costa Crociere SpA, the cruise company, who was sentenced to two years and 10 months. Concordia's hotel director was sentenced to two years and six months while two bridge officers and a helmsman got sentences ranging from one year and eight months to one year and 11 months.
Costa Concordia: Board Members Under Investigation
Five board members of owners, Costa Crociere, have been placed under investigation in connection with the January 2012 cruise ship accident. The executives are reportedly being probed for possible collusion in the crimes of dereliction of duty and manslaughter that the ship's Captain, Francesco Schettino, and other crew members are being accused of. Top executives from parent company Carnival also sit on Costa Crociere's board, reports Ansa.it. The new investigation is a separate from the one involving Schettino, which led to a preliminary hearing this week.
'Costa Concordia' Owners Fined in Italian Court
Italian cruise firm Costa Crociere has been fined €1-million (US$1.3-million) for the sinking which killed 32 people. Costa had asked for a plea bargain deal to respond to the administrative sanctions, which under Italian law are for companies whose employees commit crimes, and Judge Valeria Montesarchio accepted that plea after a hearing at the Tuscan tribunal, reports 'Herald Scotland'. Costa, a division of Miami-based Carnival, has sought to blame the disaster entirely on Captain Francesco Schettino…
Costa Concordia Court to Decide Who Should be Tried
An Italian court begins hearings to determine who could stand trial as responsible for the cruise ship disaster. Hundreds of lawyers, scientific experts and survivors from the Costa Concordia tragedy in January are expected to attend the hearing in the Tuscan city of Grosseto, not far from where the giant liner lies beached, according to the ANP/AFT news services. The ship's captain Francesco Schettino, five crew members and three managers from ship owner Costa Crociere are under investigation.
Concordia Captain Files Wrongful Dismissal Claim
Dismissed by Costa Cruises following the wrecking of his ship off the Italian coast, Capt. Schettino has sued for wrongful dismissal. Italian Francesco Schettino was not only fired by Costa Cruises but is accused by prosecutors of causing the accident by sailing the luxury cruiser liner too close to shore. The Naples-born captain has always acknowledged making mistakes once it became clear that the 144,400-tonne Costa Concordia was in trouble, but has protested he was not the only one who should be blamed for the tragedy, reports GMA News/Reuters. Source: GMA News/Reuters
Costa Execs, Captain, Blamed in 'Concordia' Report
Experts state in a leaked pre-trial report that the cruise giant failed to act in 'Costa Concordia' accident. Europe’s biggest cruise operator Costa Crociere may have failed to act promptly in the Costa Concordia disaster, according to a pre-trial report that still heaped much of the blame on the ship’s captain. The report, which was leaked in the Italian press on Thursday, was commissioned by the judge investigating the tragedy which claimed 32 lives when the giant ship with 4…
Costa Crash Cause: Human Error Cited
While it could be months if not years before the full details of the crash and capsizing of the Costa Concordia are fully revealed and understood, early indications point to human error, specifically an “unapproved, unauthorized maneuver” to divert from its programmed course by the captain, according to a report in the New York Times, citing Pier Luigi Foschi's, the chairman and chief executive of Costa Cruises, comments at a press conference on Monday, January 16, 2012, in Genoa. To date, at least six were killed in the mishap and more than a dozen remain missing.