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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.

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.

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 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.

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 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.

Captain Schettino returns to the Costa Concordia as part of trial

The once captain and his former cruise ship were reunited Thursday when, as part of his trial, Francesco Schettino was taken back abroad the Costa Concordia. It was his first time on the doomed ship since the tragedy that took 32 lives on Jan. 13, 2012.

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.

Engineer: Costa Concordia will be towed from Giglio in June

The engineer in charge of the salvage operation of the now-upright Costa Concordia said Saturday the ship could be removed from the shores of the island of Giglio in June. The ship must be "refloated" first as it now sits on an underwater platform.

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.

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."

Costa Concordia Captain Francesco Schettino facing criminal trial

It took a long while to determine but at last there has been a decision on whether to send Costa Concordia Captain Francesco Schettino to trial. A judge in Grosetto, Italy ruled this week that prosecutors can go ahead with the charges.

Costa Concordia news: Ship's bell is missing, platform in place

A crucial underwater platform that will help to raise the Costa Concordia was put into place last week at the wreckage site off the coast of the Italian island of Giglio. Also, late in March the ship's bell went missing.

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.

Costa Concordia, once refloated, to be scrapped at Piombino port

The Costa Concordia disaster was 14 months ago and finally there is a complete plan to remove the ship. While it's been known for months they were refloating and towing it for dismantling, only now have Italian officials decided the port it will go to.

Francesco Schettino finally indicted for Costa Concordia sinking

The expected was made official on Monday as Italian prosecutors in Grossetto, Tuscany, formally requested an indictment on the ill-fated Costa Concordia's captain, Francesco Schettino. Schettino was at the helm when the ship capsized on Jan. 13, 2012.

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.

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.

Canada's CBC to air talk with Costa Concordia Captain Schettino

The Canadian newsmagazine show, The Fifth Estate, will air an exclusive interview on Friday with the disgraced captain of the doomed Costa Concordia. In the show, Francesco Schettino says the ship's sinking was an accident and that he was not negligent.

Costa Concordia captain Francesco Schettino sues to get job back

Only one week before his trial for manslaughter and abandoning his ship is to begin, the captain of the Costa Concordia, Francesco Schettino, has launched a lawsuit. His lawyer said Schettino is suing for wrongful dismissal and wants his job back.

Crew of capsized Costa Concordia wins Seafarer bravery award

The crew of the Costa Concordia, the Italian cruise ship that partially sunk and grounded off the coast of the island of Giglio last Jan. 13, has been honored for heroism. They have been given the Lloyd's List 'Seafarer of the Year' award.

Costa Concordia back in news, removal delayed until Spring

The Costa Concordia, the Italian liner that listed and partially submerged in January, is back in the news. The American company involved in removing it, Titan Salvage, now expects to have the ship refloated and towed away by the Spring of 2013.

Costa Concordia captain Schettino says tragedy not his fault

In a TV interview, his first press interview since his ship, the Costa Concordia, hit a reef and listed over, partially sinking on Jan.13, Captain Francesco Schettino said he was not to blame. However, transcripts released tell a different story.

Titan Salvage says Costa Concordia removed by early in New Year

The American marine salvage company that is working to refloat the Costa Concordia, says work is going well. Initial reports suggested the boat would be gone by the spring of 2013, but Titan Salvage said it will be earlier.

Costa Concordia-killing rock to become Memorial to sunken liner

The giant rock that ripped a hole in the Italian cruise ship, the Costa Concordia, and ultimately caused its doom, is going to be used as part of a memorial to the ship and those who died. The 80 ton rock must first be pulled from the ship's hull.

Removal of Costa Concordia from rocks of Giglio Is. begins in May

The job to remove the massive cruise liner the Costa Concordia from the rocks off the island of Giglio in the Tuscan Bay has yet to be awarded. However, an official said Thursday, April 12 that the work will begin in May.

Plot thickens as cocaine found on hair of Costa Concordia captain

Traces of cocaine were found on the outside of a hair sample taken from the head of the captain of the Costa Concordia, reports out of Italy say. However other tests say the captain of the ill-fated cruise liner did not have any cocaine in his system.

Pumping oil from sunken cruise ship to continue 'round the clock'

Smit Salvage, the Dutch company hired to extract the fuel from the Italian cruise liner 'The Costa Concordia,' began doing so Sunday and said that while the weather holds they will continue "round the clock." So far, the removal operation is going well.
 

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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
Filippo Monteforte, AFP
The Costa Concordia hit a reef  and a massive rock  on Jan. 13  2012.
The Costa Concordia hit a reef, and a massive rock, on Jan. 13, 2012.
Bo de Visser / Courtesy Prorama Films
The Costa Concordia is in the backdrop of life on the Italian island of Giglio.  Residents are accus...
The Costa Concordia is in the backdrop of life on the Italian island of Giglio. Residents are accustomed to the ship and Dutch filmmaker Bo de Visser says it has become a part of their daily life.
Photo by Bo de Visser, Prorama Films