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article imageCosta Concordia company to pay $1.3 million fine for shipwreck

By Marcus Hondro     Apr 11, 2013 in World
The disaster that was the Costa Concordia, which sank on Jan. 13, 2012 with the death of 32, continues to make news. Today, the Costa Crociere, a division of Miami-based Costa Carnival, owners of the ship, reached an out-of-court settlement.
Costa Crociere will pay a $1.3 million fine and thus evade going to court over the tragedy. Had their been a court case it would have been lengthy and costly and may have opened them up to further lawsuits, that though the company maintains fault for the disaster lies only with the ship's captain, Francesco Schettino.
There are charges against Schettino, who is going to court Monday charged with manslaughter, contravening laws of the sea and abandoning his ship. Other employees of Costa Cruises, including Schettino's first officer, have charges pending against them, too. Schettino maintains his innocence and is taking Costa Cruises to court to win back his job.
Costa Concordia avoiding court "a tragedy"
Lawyers representing surviving passengers and crew members from the ship are lamenting the new deal. John Arthur Eaves Jr. told the L.A. Times that the company was at fault for what occurred and that it's "a tragedy" they won't be subjected to a court trial and conviction.
The 114,500 ton ship, twice the size of the Titanic, was taken too close to the shore of Giglio Island by Schettino, alleged to have been 'saluting' a former colleague who lives on the island. It hit a reef and a 70 metre (230 foot) hole was ripped into the hull and water poured through. She listed over and 65 percent of the ship is now submerged.
An American company, Titan Salvage, along with Micoperi of Italy, are working to refloat the boat and tow it to the nearby port of Piombino for scrapping. The Costa Concordia, which lies 300 metres off the island of Giglio in the Tuscan Bay, is expected to be towed away in September.
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