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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

Water quality around Costa Concordia wreck unaffected by ship

Tests released to the public on the island of Giglio in the Tuscan Bay reveal that water quality around the partially-submerged Costa Concordia is good. The tests reveal that the water by the ship is of the same quality as elsewhere in the area.
In the Media by Marcus Hondro

Op-Ed: 101 years after Titanic sinking: a comparison to Costa Concordia

As I write we are but two weeks shy of the 101st anniversary of the sinking of the RMS Titanic in the North Atlantic on April 15, 1912. Naturally the date won't get the attention that the 100 year anniversary did, but it’s worthy of note.
In the Media by Marcus Hondro

Costa Concordia hero gets Bulgaria's '2012 Man of the Year' award

The Bulgarian technician credited with saving hundreds of lives on the Costa Concordia has been named his country's 'Man of the Year'. The award was handed out Monday at the Inter Expo Center in Sofia and Petar Petrov's wife and son accepted it for him.
In the Media by Marcus Hondro - 1 comment

Costa Concordia hearings end, Schettino to be indicted

More than two months of hearings are over and prosecutors in Grosetto, Italy looking into the tragedy of the Costa Concordia have concluded the case should go to a criminal trial. They will file a request for an indictment by the end of January.
In the Media by Marcus Hondro - 1 comment

Costa Concordia's company rebounding by building giant liner

Costa Cruises, the owner/operator of the Costa Concordia, which went down nearly a year ago with the loss of 32 passengers and crew, is building a replacement. The construction of the 132,500 ton Costa Diadema began in Italy Monday.
In the Media by Marcus Hondro

Costa Cruises erects website detailing Costa Concordia removal

The company that owns the Costa Concordia, Costa Cruises, has put up a website detailing the progress of the salvage operation. The ship sank off the shore of the Italian island of Giglio on Jan. 13 and is being refloated.
In the Media by Marcus Hondro

Judgement Day for captain of Costa Concordia as hearings to begin

The day of reckoning comes fast for Francesco Schettino, captain of the Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia. Preliminary hearings for his impending trial start Monday; he's charged with manslaughter, contravening laws of the sea and abandoning his ship.
In the Media by Marcus Hondro - 1 comment

Costa Concordia sister ship Allegra to be sold, likely for scrap

The ocean liner Allegra, from the same fleet as the ill-fated Costa Concordia, is on the seller's block with a likelihood it will be sold for scrap. The ship is much smaller than the Concordia at 28,500 tonnes and carries 820 passengers.
In the Media by Marcus Hondro - 3 comments

$400 million lawsuit launched over Costa Concordia tragedy

The biggest lawsuit to arise over the sinking of the Italian cruise liner, the Costa Concordia, was launched in a New York court this week. The suit seeks $400 million from Carnival Corp. and Costa Crociere for "serious negligence."
In the Media by Marcus Hondro - 1 comment

Costa Concordia captain Schettino makes excuses to U.S. media

The captain of the Costa Concordia, the ill-fated Italian cruise ship that capsized Jan. 13 off the Italian island of Giglio, spoke with U.S. media for the first time this week and his at-times rambling talk produced little clarity.
In the Media by Marcus Hondro - 3 comments

Costa Concordia memorial marks 6 months; victim's families attend

A memorial to mark the six-month anniversary of the Costa Concordia tragedy, and pay tribute to the 32 who died, was conducted at the site on the Italian island of Giglio July 13. Family members of victims came to the island to honor their loved ones.
In the Media by Marcus Hondro

Costa Concordia disaster can't stop company from increasing sales

The tragic sinking of the Costa Concordia is not preventing the ship's operator, Costa Cruises, from increasing the bookings they're getting on other lines. The cruise lines parent company said sales are up from this time last year.
In the Media by Marcus Hondro - 1 comment

Costa Concordia mechanic awarded EU Citizen's award for heroism

A first mechanic of the Costa Concordia, who saved over 500 people from the listing and sinking cruise ship, was awarded the European Union's highest prize of achievement this week. The award to Peter Petrov, a Bulgarian, was announced in Brussels.
In the Media by Marcus Hondro - 3 comments

Costa Cruises releases time-line for Costa Concordia refloat

The communications head for Costa Cruises, the owner/operator of the Costa Concordia, the half-sunk liner off the Italian island of Giglio in the Tuscan Bay, has released a timeline of the work they're doing to refloat the boat.
In the Media by Marcus Hondro

Costa Concordia: under sunken Italian liner, 5 more bodies found

More than two months after the Italian liner, the Costa Concordia, hit rocks near the island of Giglio and sunk, 5 more bodies have been found. It brings the number of bodies recovered to 30 with 2 still missing and presumed to have drowned.
In the Media by Marcus Hondro

Costa Allegra finally reaches Seychelles

After the cruise from hell, passengers are finally able to disembark from the Costa Allegra after the vessel was left drifting without power following a fire in an engine room.
In the Media by Amanda Payne - 4 comments

Costa Allegra being towed to Seychelles, fire on Indian Ocean

Victoria - Indian Ocean (Nearing Seychelles) - A small (295-foot) French fishing ship is currently towing the disabled Costa Allegra Cruise ship towards the island of Seychelles (population 86,000,) and not expected to arrive until Thursday.
In the Media by Daniel Boyington

Costa Allegra cruise ship being towed into Seychelles

The Costa Allegra cruise ship that got into trouble following an engine room fire on Monday Feb. 27 is being towed to one of the islands in the Seychelles archipelago.
In the Media by Amanda Payne - 1 comment

Another Costa cruise ship in trouble

A sister ship of the doomed Costa Concordia is adrift powerless off the coast of the Seychelles following a fire, believed to have started in a machine room.
In the Media by Amanda Payne - 6 comments

Costly Costa Concordia: Cruise ship company may lose $155 million

The sinking of a massive cruise liner and deaths of some 34 passengers and crew - and other costs such as clean-up and bad press - is proving to be enough of a disaster to sink a cruise company in loss of profits.
In the Media by Marcus Hondro

Company sought to remove massive Costa Concordia from Giglio

An update of the Costa Concordia disaster has the company that operated the ship, Costa Cruises, announcing it has asked 10 specialist companies to submit tenders on removing the massive cruise liner.
In the Media by Marcus Hondro

Costa Cruises tries to avoid lawsuits, offers passengers package

Costa Cruises, operator of the grounded Italian cruise ship, the Costa Concordia, in an effort to ward off lawsuits, has made an offer of money to passengers. The company offered each 11,000 euros.
In the Media by Marcus Hondro
 

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