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Francesco Schettino News

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.
In the Media by Marcus Hondro

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.
In the Media by Marcus Hondro - 9 comments

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.
In the Media by Marcus Hondro

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.
In the Media by Marcus Hondro

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.
In the Media by Marcus Hondro - 1 comment

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.
In the Media by Marcus Hondro - 1 comment

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.
In the Media by Marcus Hondro - 1 comment

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?
In the Media by Marcus Hondro - 3 comments

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.
In the Media by Marcus Hondro

Op-Ed: Titanic, Costa Concordia captains had hubris, not ferry captain

The terrible tragedy that is the sinking of the South Korean ferry 'Sewol' is being compared to the Costa Concordia tragedy and even the Titanic. But a large difference is that the captain of the South Korean ferry made errors, but not errors of hubris.
In the Media by Marcus Hondro - 1 comment

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.
In the Media by Marcus Hondro - 1 comment

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.
In the Media by Marcus Hondro - 1 comment

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.
In the Media by Marcus Hondro - 2 comments

Trial: Costa Concordia captain delayed so first mate gave orders

On the night of the Costa Concordia tragedy, it was first mate Roberto Bosio who gave the order to abandon ship. As Bosio told the court in the trial of the Captain Francesco Schettino, Schettino refused to.
In the Media by Marcus Hondro - 1 comment

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.
In the Media by Marcus Hondro - 1 comment

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.
In the Media by Marcus Hondro - 1 comment

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.
In the Media by Marcus Hondro - 1 comment

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.
In the Media by Marcus Hondro - 1 comment

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.
In the Media by Marcus Hondro - 1 comment

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.
In the Media by Marcus Hondro - 3 comments

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.
In the Media by Marcus Hondro - 1 comment

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.
In the Media by Marcus Hondro - 3 comments

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.
In the Media by Marcus Hondro - 2 comments

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.
In the Media by Marcus Hondro - 5 comments

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.
In the Media by Marcus Hondro - 1 comment

At last! Costa Concordia to be rotated, sometime in September

Dates for removing the Costa Concordia from its perch 300 metres from the Italian island of Giglio have come and gone but the cruise liner hasn't moved. In fact the next stage, rotating the ship, has yet to happen, though it likely will happen soon.
In the Media by Marcus Hondro - 5 comments

Head of Costa Concordia salvage job says ship could break apart

Nick Sloane, who heads the operation to remove and salvage the Costa Concordia from her perch 300 metres off the coast of the Italian island of Giglio believes the project could turn out badly. He says the ship could break apart or "fracture."
In the Media by Marcus Hondro - 11 comments

Costa Concordia must be raised by winter or could break apart

Flavio Cirillo, Italy's undersecretary for the environment told the Italian Parliament this week that the Costa Concordia must be removed before the winter. Cirillo said another winter where it now sits could spell disaster, but not everyone agrees.
In the Media by Marcus Hondro

Costa Concordia plea bargains accepted as court sentences five

As the trial of the captain of the Costa Concordia, the Italian ship that capsized 300 metres from the island of Giglio last year, continues, the Italian courts have accepted the plea bargains of 5 others. They had initially agreed to their deals in May.
In the Media by Marcus Hondro

Costa Concordia captain's new plea bargain rejected at trial

As the trial of the disgraced captain of the Costa Concordia resumed this week, lawyers for Francesco Schettino made a second attempt at a plea bargain. They offered a guilty plea to the 3 counts he's been charged with in exchange for a prison sentence.
In the Media by Marcus Hondro - 3 comments
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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...
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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 wreck of the Costa Concordia cruise ship is lifted out of water during an operation to refloat t...
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The wreck of the Costa Concordia cruise ship is lifted out of water during an operation to refloat the boat on July 14, 2014 off Giglio Island, Italy
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The Costa Concordia in happier times.
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The Costa Concordia in happier times.
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This is the bridge of the Costa Concordia as it looks today.
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This is the bridge of the Costa Concordia as it looks today.
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Workers on the Island of Giglio stand with the doomed Costa Concordia in the background.
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Workers on the Island of Giglio stand with the doomed Costa Concordia in the background.
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People sunbathe by the wrecked Costa Concordia cruise ship in Giglio Island on June 26  2014
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People sunbathe by the wrecked Costa Concordia cruise ship in Giglio Island on June 26, 2014
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