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CARNIVAL Cruise ship runs aground in Italy
January 14, 2012
Italian luxury cruise ship Costa Concordia carrying over 4,000 passengers runs aground, dozens missing.
69 passengers are still missing
Passengers complained tell of panic, said the crew failed to give instructions on how to evacuate the ship
The tables overturned, glasses were flying all over the place and we ran for the decks
PMSNBC News reports 129 Americans were on board vessel when it ran aground off Italy.

We were having dinner aboard when we heard a loud noise, like that of the keel being dragged over something.
The lights went out and there were scenes of panic, glasses falling to the floor like a scene from the Titanic.
Some passengers jumped into the sea to swim to safety on nearby Giglio Island,7340,L-4175361,00.html

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At least 2 more bodies have been recovered

Third survivor found
the captain had left the ship before the last passenger had been rescued

Captain arrested, 41 missing after Italian cruise disaster
January 15, 2012 Sunday
The captain of a luxury cruise liner that keeled over off Tuscany was arrested on Saturday
41 passengers are still unaccounted for.


The ship has a breach on the hull about 90 meters (300 feet) long

Showboating may have caused Italy disaster
A risky practice by cruise ships of close-passing the island of Giglio in a foghorn-blasting salute to the local population appears to have contributed to the Costa Concordia disaster

Considering how fast this occurred, during dinner, at night, listing on its side, half its lifeboats unusable -
IT IS a MIRACLE of GOD far more did not die


Fears grow for Concordia missing
Italian cruise ship missing are 14 Germans, 6 Italians, 4 French, two Americans, one each from Peru, Hungary and India

17 January 2012
Controlled explosions are being carried out by divers
Rescue crews have blasted holes in a stricken cruise ship in order to gain easier access as hopes fade of finding survivors among the 29 people missing.
Six people are known to have died after the Costa Concordia crashed into rocks off Italy's west coast on Friday night.

The ship's owners have blamed the captain for Friday's crash, saying he changed course towards an island.
Capt Francesco Schettino has been detained on suspicion of manslaughter and is due to appear shortly in court.
Capt Schettino, 52, has also been accused of abandoning his vessel before all the passengers had been evacuated.
He is to answer questions from a magistrate who will decide if he is to remain in custody.
Italian Environment Minister Corrado Clini said liquid was leaking from the ship, but it was unclear if it was fuel.

Search suspended as ship shifts
18 January 2012
he search of the Costa Concordia cruise ship has been suspended after the capsized vessel slipped, the Italian coast guard says.
Officials are hoping to begin salvage work soon, including pumping oil off the wreck, as hopes fade of finding any more survivors.
Twenty-four people are missing, and 11 confirmed dead, after the huge ship crashed into rocks on Friday.
There are fears the vessel might slip into deeper water off the Tuscan coast.

Search resumes for survivors   19 January 2012
Operations were suspended on Wednesday as the vessel shifted its position. More than 20 people are still missing.
Salavage operators are standing by to start pumping out fuel from the ship's tanks to avoid an environmental disaster.

The vessel ran aground on Friday with some 4,200 people on board, killing at least 11 people.  It has now stabilised.
Divers are going down now, will then use the micro-explosives to open more holes. They will enter inside the ship and search for more people.

Italians name 28 missing passengers

Bizarre Behavior of the captain, Francesco Schettino
Captain Francesco Schettino seems less credible with each statement he makes about the Costa Concordia disaster.
Italians wonder whether he was under the influence of drugs or in shock after the accident, while fellow officers describe him as a daredevil. One said he would even drive a bus like a Ferrari.,1518,809927,00.html

Carnival Costa Concordia Crew urged passengers to return to cabins

A video has emerged showing the crew of the Costa Concordia reassuring passengers nothing was wrong, after the cruise ship had begun taking in water.

In the amateur footage, a crew member says "everything is under control" and asks passengers to go to their cabins.
It is thought the delay in deciding to abandon the ship may have cost lives. At least 11 people died.

Costa Concordia disaster, Cruise firm faces US lawsuit
I figured people would sue Carnival cruise lines, and they SHOULD! NO EXCUSE!

21 January 2012
The company operating a cruise ship that ran aground off Italy is facing a class-action lawsuit in the US.
Costa Cruises, owned by US-based Carnival Group.
Italy's consumer association Codacons and two US law firms will file the suit against Costa Cruises on behalf of the passengers.
They want at least $160,000 (105,000) for each passenger on the ship.

Meanwhile officials say the search for 21 people still missing after the disaster will continue until the whole ship has been searched.
The rescue operation continued overnight in dry parts of the Costa Concordia.

Cowardice at sea is no crime
When Captain Francesco Schettino hopped a life boat after the Costa Concordia hit a rock off the Tuscany coast,
he violated a sacred maritime tradition: that a captain should be the last to leave his ship.
He also is accused of violating the law. Italian maritime code criminalizes the act of abandoning ship and Schettino was placed under house arrest,
accused of causing the disaster and then jumping ship before the evacuation was complete.

Countries have adopted different maritime codes over the centuries and the responsibilities of a captain can be traced to a 12th century French document called the Rolls of Oleron, which established the first known outlines of maritime law.
The sailor's code that's developed from the rolls - or rules - has been celebrated in everything from Conrad's Lord Jim, about a young seaman who abandons a ship in distress, to the 1960s U.S. television show Gilligan's Island theme song, with the lyric, "If not for the courage of the fearless crew, The Minnow would be lost!"

In the United States, the rule that a captain should be the last to leave a distressed ship is not a criminal offense. The Westlaw online legal research service shows the phrase "abandon ship" turned up 618 decisions but none addressed a captain's decision to leave a ship before his passengers.
The closest U.S. law that appears to take on the act of leaving a ship before passengers and crew is seaman's manslaughter, which criminalizes a captain's misconduct or negligence that result in deaths. A version of the statute was used to convict a seaman in the 19th century who abandoned 31 passengers aboard a sinking ship on its way to Philadelphia from Liverpool.
But the seaman' manslaughter has rarely been invoked in recent years -- cited in just 22 court decisions since 1976, none of which involved accusations against a captain leaving a ship prematurely, according to Westlaw.

woman's body found in ship
Italian Coast Guard divers have found a woman's body in a corridor of a submerged section of the capsized Costa Concordia, raising to at least 12 the number of dead in the cruise liner accident.
Coast Guard Cmdr. Cosimo Nicastro told The Associated Press that the body, wearing a life jacket, was found in a narrow corridor near an evacuation staging point at the ship's rear Saturday.

13 dead  January 22, 2012
Divers have found the body of a woman in the wreck of the cruise ship Costa Concordia, bringing the number of people confirmed dead to 13.
Italian fire service divers found the body on deck seven of the vessel, about 10m below the water line, Italy's Civil Protection Authority said.

Rescue workers are still looking for 20 people who are believed to be missing.
The vessel sank on 13 January after hitting rocks near the island of Giglio, off Tuscany.
The woman who has now been found was wearing a life-jacket, officials say. Her body is being removed from the ship.

Only eight of the 13 bodies discovered have so far been identified.
Four of the victims were French, one was Italian, one Hungarian, one Spanish and one German, officials say.
The identity of a woman whose body was found on Saturday has yet to be established, along with those of three men discovered previously.

The head of the Civil Protection Agency, Franco Gabrielli, said the woman may be a Hungarian who was reported missing but was not on the ship's embarkation list.
There could have been more "illegals" on board, he said, referring to people who were not registered to be on the vessel.

May take 10 months to remove wrecked Costa Concordia
January 29, 2012 17 known dead, 16 remain missing
The cruise ship that capsized off Italy's coast will take up to 10 months to remove, officials said, as rough seas off the Tuscan coast forced the suspension of recovery operations.
Officials called off both the start of operations to remove 500,000 gallons of fuel and the search for people still missing Sunday after determining the Costa Concordia had moved four centimeters (an inch and a half) over six hours, coupled with waves of more than one meter (three feet).

A 17th body, identified as Peruvian crew member Erika Soria Molina, was found Saturday. Sixteen crew and passengers remain listed as missing, with one body recovered from the ship not yet identified.
Officials have virtually ruled out finding anyone alive more than two weeks after the Costa Concordia hit a reef, but were reluctant to give a final death toll for the Jan. 13 disaster. The crash happened when the captain deviated from his planned route, creating a huge gash that capsized the ship. More than 4,200 people were on board.


Cocaine found in Costa captain's hair
February 19, 2012  A GROUP representing survivors of the capsized Costa Concordia cruise ship say traces of cocaine were found on a sample of the captain's hair but not within the hair strands or in his urine - which would have indicated he had used the drug.
Italian consumer protection group Codacons said it has asked prosecutors investigating Captain Francesco Schettino to order another test.

It says analyses show no evidence of cocaine in Schettino's body. But Codacons says traces of cocaine were found on hair samples and in an envelope containing the hair.
It also seeks DNA testing to confirm the samples were Schettino's. Neither prosecutors nor Schettino's lawyer could be reached for comment.
Schettino is under investigation for alleged manslaughter and abandoning his ship, which hit a reef off Italy.

Divers find 8 more bodies February 22, 2012
Divers searching the capsized Costa Concordia cruise ship found 8 bodies on one of the passenger decks, including that of a missing 5-year-old Italian girl.

2nd Carnival Cruise Ship in Trouble
February  27, 2012   Italian cruise ship Costa Allegra adrift in pirate infested Indian Ocean off Seychelles.
Over 1,000 people on board.
A fire broke out on board causing the luxury liner to lose power.
The ship is adrift in the Indian Ocean off mainland Africa, an area that is infested by pirates.
This is the second emergency situation this year for Costa Cruises which is owned by Carnival Cruises.
32 people were killed in January when the Costa Concordia capsized off the Italian island of Giglio.

French tugboat reaches Italian cruise ship
February  28

A French fishing vessel on Tuesday began towing an Italian cruise ship drifting powerless in the Indian Ocean to a nearby Seychelles island,
but was not expected to reach the tiny resort island until Wednesday.

Seychelles planes lined up for Costa Allegra passengers
29 February 2012  Planes are being lined up in the Seychelles to fly home passengers from the stricken Costa Allegra cruise ship as soon as possible.
The ship is being towed to the main island in the Seychelles.
Accommodation is being arranged, but with hotels already busy, most are expected to fly straight to Italy.
The ship was left adrift with more than 1,000 people on board after a fire in the generator room on Monday.
It is from the same fleet as the Costa Concordia, which capsized off the Italian coast in January, killing 32.
A team from the Italian company which owns the Costa Allegra has now arrived in the Seychelles.

Costa Allegra docks in Seychelles  1 March 2012
The ship was towed into the main port, Victoria, by a French fishing boat.
The evacuation of more than 1,000 passengers on board the ship has begun. The process is expected to take several hours.
The ship, which lost power on Monday, is from the same fleet as the Costa Concordia, which capsized off the Italian coast in January, killing 32.

One passenger described the experience as "a rough ride".
"We had to sleep on deck because there was no air conditioning and the cabins stank, because we couldn't flush the toilets," Alena Daem, a 62-year-old passenger from Belgium, told the AFP news agency.

Half the passengers from the Costa Allegra will remain in the Seychelles to continue their holiday, reports the BBC's Katy Watson on Mahe, the Seychelles' main island.
The rest will fly to Rome on three planes chartered by the company to get them back home on Thursday and Friday

Pre-trial hearing begins in Italy
The captain had crashed another ship in the past - WHY was he still a captain?
March  3, 2012 Key information about the capsizing of the Costa Concordia cruise ship is being handed over to a panel of experts during a pre-trial hearing in Italy.
At least 30 people are believed to have died when the ship struck rocks off the Tuscan coast on 13 January.
Captain Francesco Schettino denies accusations of manslaughter, causing a shipwreck and abandoning ship before all those aboard were evacuated.
He will not attend the hearing, in the town of Grosseto, his lawyer says.

Bruno Leporatti said it would be "unnecessary" for Mr Schettino to leave his home in the town of Meta di Sorrento, near Naples - where he is under house arrest - to attend the hearing.
"Perhaps with this climate that has been created around him, [it would be] also a little dangerous for him," he said.

Crippled Carnival ship returns
Feb 15, 2013
Carnival Triumph passengers disembark in Alabama. What a poor name for a failure ship!  It mocks Justice!  
All 3,200 passengers have now disembarked from a crippled cruise ship that
reached the US coast 4 days after an engine fire knocked out power.  Finally, after days of listing on a disabled
Carnival cruise ship without electricity and working toilets, thousands of passengers finished disembarking early
Friday morning at the Port of Mobile.  This is a really crappy story.  BBC and fox also have story

Cruise ship fire started with leaking fuel-oil line
February 19, 2013
 The fire that crippled the Carnival cruise ship Triumph started with a leak in a fuel-oil return line running from one of the ship's engines, the U.S. Coast Guard said.
Leaking oil hit a hot surface, starting the fire, said Teresa Hatfield, the lead investigator for the Coast Guard. Hatfield said there was no indication the leak in a flexible hose section was intentional.
"Fire suppression was immediately activated by the crew, first by waterfog and then by (carbon dioxide). They did a very good job," Hatfield said.
"We are looking at the cause of the fire and why the ship was disabled for so long, and we are also looking at the crew response to the fire as well."

Costa Concordia Captain's lover was on bridge
29 October 2013
A Moldovan dancer who was on the bridge of the ill-fated Costa Concordia with Captain Francesco Schettino has admitted she was his lover at his trial.
Domnica Cemortan testified that she was in a romantic relationship with the captain and was with him when the cruise ship ran aground.
Capt Schettino faces multiple charges of manslaughter and abandoning ship.
The January 2012 tragedy killed 32 people.
The captain faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

On the night the Costa Concordia ran aground, she had dinner with the captain before he invited her to join him on the bridge as he oversaw what was meant to be a close sail-past of the little Tuscan island of Giglio.
The captain may have been distracted by her presence, or even showing off.

In court, Ms Cemortan acknowledged after being pressed that they had been romantically involved. She boarded the ship as a non-paying passenger hours before the crash, saying "when you are someone's lover no one asks you for a ticket." She dismissed the remark as a joke to her translator.
She said she had worked for the company that operated the Costa Concordia for about three weeks in December 2011. She met Capt Schettino on a previous cruise.

Costa Concordia captain convicted of manslaughter
February 12, 2015  
-  The captain of the shipwrecked Costa Concordia cruise ship was convicted of multiple charges of manslaughter and sentenced to 16 years in jail.
Francesco Schettino was convicted of manslaughter in the deaths of 32 passengers and crew in the Jan. 13, 2012 capsizing as well as of causing a shipwreck and abandoning ship while many of the 4,200 passengers and crew were still on the ship.

The verdict and sentencing brought an end to a trial that has been running since July 2013. Prosecutors had insisted Schettino was a "reckless idiot" and asked the court to sentence him to 26 years and three months in prison.

Schettino wasn't present when Judge Giovanni Puliatti read out the verdict Wednesday night in a Grosseto theater, but the former captain told the court earlier he was being "sacrificed" to safeguard the economic interests of his employer. He then broke down in sobs immediately before the panel began deliberating.
"That's enough," Schettino said, unable to finish his statement to the three-judge panel.

Testimony put the spotlight on errors by other crew and equipment malfunctions after the Concordia smashed into a jagged reef when Schettino steered the ship close to the Tuscan island's shoreline while passengers were having supper in the main dining room.

The reef gashed the hull, seawater rushed in, and the Concordia listed badly, finally ending up on its side outside Giglio's port. Autopsies determined that victims drowned aboard ship or in the sea after either falling or jumping off the ship during a chaotic, delayed evacuation.

Cruise ship fire
July 23, 2015
-  A fire broke out on Royal Caribbean cruise ship Freedom of the Seas as it was pulling into Jamaica but extinguished.  The captain kept  the passengers calm and informed.  One of the engines caught fire. Forum Index -> World NEWS
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