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Costa Concordia News

Op-Ed: Costa Concordia captain plays 'shell game' with truth about ship

The captain of the ill-fated Costa Concordia, Francesco Schettino, continues to deny fault in the disaster that took 32 lives on Jan. 13, 2012, and his latest statement is one of his most deceptive. He's playing a shell game.

Costa Concordia towed from Giglio, on way to Genoa for scrapping

The 114,500 ton Costa Concordia has at last been towed from the island of Giglio. Removing the ship was a massive effort that had its origins way back on Jan. 13, 2012 when the ship hit a reef and listed over, with 32 lives lost.

At last! The Costa Concordia to be towed from Giglio this week

Within about 48 hours the Costa Concordia, the 114,500 tonnes former luxury liner now known the world over, will move forward for the first time since Jan. 13, 2012. After 2 1/2 years the island of Giglio in the Tuscan Bay will have its view back.

Costa Concordia Captain Schettino shifts blame for tragedy

The captain of the ill-fated Costa Concordia has again shifted blame for the tragedy, claiming in an interview Friday an order was not followed on that fateful night. Francesco Schettino put the blame for the disaster on his helmsman.

Video: Costa Concordia revisited by divers

Eerie video footage of divers, swimming around in the sunken wreckage of the Italian cruise ship, Costa Concordia, has now been released.

Finally Costa Concordia set to be towed from Giglio for scrapping

An official of the Concordia Wreck Removal Project in Italy said they are almost ready to tow the ship to Genoa for dismantling. Thursday the last of 30 stabilizing sponsons was attached and now they're testing all systems in preparation to tow.

Costa Concordia will finally be towed from Giglio on July 20

Officials in Italy have announced the Costa Concordia will be towed from its perch 300 metres off the island of Giglio in the Tuscan Sea on July 20. The ship is upright now and being prepared to "sail" to Genoa on that date.

Costa Concordia will be dismantled in Genoa; Piombino bid fails

The Costa Concordia will be scrapped at the port of Genoa, Italian officials controlling the clean-up of the tragic cruise ship have announced. That leaves Piombino, near the island of Giglio where the ship hit a reef and listed over, losing out.

Costa Concordia News: Couple to sue owners for 2 million Euros

A British couple celebrating their anniversary onboard the Costa Concordia on January 13, 2012 say they will launch a lawsuit against the owners. John and Mandy Rodford want the company to "suffer" like they say that they've suffered.

Costa Concordia Chaos: Survivors testify at Schettino trial

The trial of the Costa Concordia's captain continues in Italy and last week it was time for survivors to tell of their experience that tragic night. They spoke of chaos and a legacy that includes panic attacks and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Contract to dismantle Costa Concordia awarded to a port soon

The date to tow away the now-upright Costa Concordia keeps moving back but it will happen sometime, very likely within the next two months. The question is what port will the 114,500 tonnes former cruise ship be towed to in order to be dismantled?

Work to tow Costa Concordia from Isle of Giglio halted: 2 reasons

Work to ready the Costa Concordia to tow it from where it sits, 300 metres off the Italian island of Giglio, has been halted. There are two reasons: because they haven't a port to receive it yet and because of the possibility of spilling hazardous waste.

Costa Concordia: Sponsons positioned to ready for tow from Giglio

The first of 19 more massive sponsons to be attached to the Costa Concordia was positioned last week to ready the ship to be towed from the Italian island of Giglio. The cruise liner has sat 300 meters from shore since the Jan. 13, 2012 tragedy.

Costa Concordia Captain Schettino's trial hears damning evidence

The head of the Costa Cruises crisis unit, Roberto Ferrarini, was on the witness stand last week in the trial of Francesco Schettino, the captain of the tragic Costa Concordia. His evidence is the latest to suggest Mr. Schettino has lied about his role.

Costa Concordia to be towed away from Giglio soon, minister says

It has been there, a large blot on the horizon of the Italian island of Giglio, since Jan. 13 of 2012, over 27 months. But Italy's environmental minister, Gian Luca Galetti, said Wednesday that the Costa Concordia, now upright, will soon be towed away.

Costa Concordia helmsman found, may be forced to testify in Italy

The trial of Francesco Schettino, the captain of the Costa Concordia, the cruise ship that hit a reef Jan. 13, 2012, killing 32, is ongoing and an important witness may soon take the stand. That witness is Rusil Bin, the helmsman on that fateful night.

Costa Concordia takes 33rd victim as diver dies during salvage op

Thirty-two people died on Jan. 13, 2012 in the Costa Concordia disaster when the Italian cruise liner went down. On Saturday a 33rd victim was taken when a diver from Spain cut his leg underwater. Brought to surface, he later died.

Costa Concordia Captain Schettino boasted on day after tragedy

Cristina Porcelli, a lawyer for Costa Crociere, owners of the doomed Costa Concordia, told a court in Italy Tuesday that on the day following the tragedy the captain of the ship made no mention of those who died. He spoke only of his bravery, she said.

Cost of Costa Concordia tragedy grows, causes insurer concern

Insurance experts said on Saturday that all claims made as a result of the Costa Concordia disaster could easily end up being $2 billion, or more. Payments made already are at more than $1 billion.

First Officer: Costa Concordia captain distracted by lover

The captain of tragic Italian cruise ship, the Costa Concordia, was "distracted" on the bridge leading up to the tragedy that killed 32, the ship's First Officer Ciro Ambrosio said. Ambrosio is testifying at the trial of Francesco Schettino this week.

Four divers arrested as they hunted souvenirs on Costa Concordia

Four divers who worked for Titan Salvage, one of two companies that raised the Costa Concordia, were caught on the ship in the middle of the night stealing souvenirs. The divers have been fired and will appear in court in Grosseto, Italy.

Dancer admits at trial she was Costa Concordia's captain's lover

The trial of Francesco Schettino, the captain of Italian cruise ship, the Costa Concordia, has added a romantic element. Domnica Cemortan, a Moldovan dancer, admitted at his trial that she was his lover, and was on the bridge when the ship hit a reef.

Costa Concordia to be removed by massive Dutch transport ship

A Dutch salvage firm, Royal Boskalis NV said on Thursday they've won a $30 million contract to remove the Costa Concordia. The Italian cruise ship partially sunk 300 metres off of the shore of Giglio Island in the Tuscan Bay on Jan. 13, 2012.

Still more human remains found in waters near Costa Concordia

An official from Italy's civil protection agency told media Wednesday more human remains were found at the Costa Concordia site. The 114,000-tonne ship was pulled upright two weeks ago and two bodies were found, believed to be the last two missing.

Final 2 bodies from Costa Concordia tragedy found by divers

The final two bodies of the 32 who died in the Costa Concordia tragedy, a female Italian passenger and a male from India who was a waiter on the ship, have been found. The wreckage was refloated earlier this week and the find was expected.

Trial of Costa Concordia Captain Schettino will go on for months

Judges granted Francesco Schettino's lawyers their request to examine the Costa Concordia as part of their defence, making it likely the trial, which began in July, will continue for many more months.

Stand Tall: Costa Concordia upright again after 19 hour operation

It may no longer look so grand but it surely looks beautiful to the hundreds working on the project as at 4 a.m. Italian time Tuesday, the Costa Concordia once again sat upright. The cruise liner had listed over with 65% of her underwater 21 months ago.

Costa Concordia is pulled off reef, workers setting ship upright

Engineers working to rotate and set upright the Costa Concordia say this morning, using immense pressure, they successfully pulled the hull from the reef it has sat on since Jan. 13, 2012. They are monitoring progress by use of underwater cameras.

Costa Concordia shipwreck to be rotated and raised up Monday

The tragedy of the Costa Concordia, the Italian cruise ship that listed over on Jan. 13 of 2012, is finally set to begin it's final chapter. The 114,000 ton ship, 300 metres off of the island of Giglio, will be rotated and sat upright on Monday.

Final 2 bodies from Costa Concordia disaster still on ship

When Nick Sloane, an engineer for the U.S. company Titan Salvage who heads the operation to remove the Costa Concordia, spoke to media recently an aspect of his words went largely unnoticed. He said the final two missing bodies are on the ship.
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The Costa Concordia in happier times.
The Costa Concordia in happier times.
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The wreck of the Costa Concordia cruise ship is seen during an operation to refloat the liner on Jul...
The wreck of the Costa Concordia cruise ship is seen during an operation to refloat the liner on July 14, 2014 off Giglio island
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The refloated wreck of the Costa Concordia cruise ship is being dragged to the harbor of Pra di Volt...
The refloated wreck of the Costa Concordia cruise ship is being dragged to the harbor of Pra di Voltri near Genoa early on July 27, 2014
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Unfortunate ad placement at Belfast Telegraph adapted from screenshot of subscription version
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The sinking Costa Concordia cruise ship off the coast of Italy
The sinking Costa Concordia cruise ship off the coast of Italy
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The rescue operation underway on the Costa Concordia cruise ship
The rescue operation underway on the Costa Concordia cruise ship
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The capsized cruise ship Costa Concordia  half submerged on the rocks off the Tuscan coast of Italy
The capsized cruise ship Costa Concordia, half submerged on the rocks off the Tuscan coast of Italy
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People sunbathe by the wrecked Costa Concordia cruise ship in Giglio Island on June 26  2014
People sunbathe by the wrecked Costa Concordia cruise ship in Giglio Island on June 26, 2014
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The Costa Concordia accident: As many as 32 people died in the Jan. 13  2012 sinking of the 114 500-...
The Costa Concordia accident: As many as 32 people died in the Jan. 13, 2012 sinking of the 114,500-ton cruise ship near the island of Giglio off the coast of Tuscany
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Bo de Visser  a Dutch time-lapse filmmaker  set up a camera on the island of Giglio to record the on...
Bo de Visser, a Dutch time-lapse filmmaker, set up a camera on the island of Giglio to record the ongoing work to remove the Costa Concordia. De Visser took this photo prior to the ship being hauled upright last September.
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The sinking Costa Concordia cruise ship off the coast of Italy
The sinking Costa Concordia cruise ship off the coast of Italy
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A man watches the sinking Costa Concordia ship off the coast of Italy
A man watches the sinking Costa Concordia ship off the coast of Italy
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The sinking Costa Concordia cruise ship off the coast of Italy
The sinking Costa Concordia cruise ship off the coast of Italy
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The wreck of the Costa Concordia cruise ship during an operation to refloat the boat on July 14  201...
The wreck of the Costa Concordia cruise ship during an operation to refloat the boat on July 14, 2014 off the Giglio Island
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Divers retrieved a body on board Costa Concordia
Divers retrieved a body on board Costa Concordia
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The capsized cruise liner Costa Concordia is seen at the end of the  parbuckling  operation outside ...
The capsized cruise liner Costa Concordia is seen at the end of the "parbuckling" operation outside Giglio harbor
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The rescued passengers from the Costa Concordia disaster
The rescued passengers from the Costa Concordia disaster
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Any spillage of oil from the Costa Concordia would endanger the marine sanctuary that surrounds the ...
Any spillage of oil from the Costa Concordia would endanger the marine sanctuary that surrounds the island of Giglio.
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The capsized cruise liner Costa Concordia is seen at the end of the  parbuckling  operation outside ...
The capsized cruise liner Costa Concordia is seen at the end of the "parbuckling" operation outside Giglio harbor
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