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The court in Italy has this evening announced a verdict of Guilty against Captain Schettino. He faced charges of manslaughter arising from the the deaths of 32 crew members and passengers caused by the sinking of Costa Concordia in January 2012. He has been sentenced to 16 years in prison. Throughout the trial he had […]

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Here are a couple of images I’ve grabbed from the GiglioNews webcam. One was some months ago, the other was today. Normal life is returning to Isola Giglio.      

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Costa Concordia update

The hull of Costa Concordia is now visible as the refloating exercise has just about come to an end. I’m sure that many of my readers will have been following this anyway, but I’ve been doing the occasional post about the Concordia so I felt I had to do one today. Here’s a link to […]

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So now it’s been confirmed – when he went to the bridge to perform a critical and unapproved manoeuvre with his ship, which had over 4000 people on board, Captain Schettino¬†took his girlfriend with him. How did this man ever become a captain? And what sort of on-going monitoring was being done of his professional […]

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Costa Concordia salvage

The Costa Concordia parbuckling has gone well, and the ship is now off the rocks and upright. She’s still partially submerged, but she will be floated higher in the water soon – I’m not quite clear when. Congratulations are very definitely due to the salvors who have completed a very complex operation. I’ve been away […]

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Costa Concordia update

I gather that the go-ahead to start the ‘parbuckling’ of Costa Concordia – that is, the operation to bring her back upright – has been given the go-ahead by the Italian authorities, and may have been tentatively scheduled to start next Monday (16 September). Here’s a link to the website that describes the operation and […]

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The verdicts in the first five trials following the Costa Concordia disaster have been delivered. Five men have been convicted and given prison sentences ranging from eighteen months to two years ten months. The five were the 1st and 3rd officers; the cabin services director; the helmsman; and a shore-based ¬†director of the accompany. I […]

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This is obviously the wreck of the Costa Concordia, taken from a from a webcam on Isola del Giglio. Not an especially dramatic image in itself, except that perhaps we have got used to it: that’s the sunken wreck of a big cruise ship, 30 people are known to have died in the sinking and […]

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….the human element is the root cause in the Costa Concordia casualty, both for the first phase of it, which means the unconventional action which caused the contact with the rocks, and for the general emergency management. The Italian government’s Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport – and more specifically, the Marine Casualties Investigative Body of […]

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It’s hard to think about cruises or cruising when winter finally bites. All through December I was wondering if we were going to get away with a mild winter, but it seems not. These last few days we’ve had the first snowfall, it’s been below freezing most of the time, and there’s more snow to […]

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