Britons caught on the sinking Costa Concordia have vowed to continue their fight for compensation after the captain of the ship was jailed of manslaughter. Concordia has over 4,000 passengers on board when it struck rocks off the Tuscan island of Giglio, Italy, in 2012, sinking with the loss of 32 lives.
Stricken cruise ship Costa Concordia is preparing to makes its final journey as authorities in Italy prepare to tow the vessel away for scrapping. Following a painstaking process to re-float the ship over a period of month, Concordia will now be towed to Genoa to be broken up for scrap.
Authorities in Italy have begun the delicate task or refloating the Costa Concordia in what is being described as one of the biggest maritime salvage operations in history. The vessel hits rocks off the Italian island of Giglio in January 2012 and capsized, killing 32 people.
Francesco Schettino, captain of the Costa Concordia, which sank off Italy in 2012, has blamed his Indonesian helmsman for the accident. Schettino claims the helmsman failed to obey orders to slow down and steered the ship onto rocks.
Italian engineers have successfully re-floated the Costa Concordia cruise ship which ran aground off the Tuscan coast in 2012. Following a delay for poor weather, the ship was detached from rocks and moved on to a platform constructed on the sea bed.
Five people have been convicted of manslaughter in a court in Italy following the sinking of the Costa Concordia last year. The vessel sank off the island of Giglio in January 2012 with the loss of 32 lives.
An official report into the Costa Concordia disaster has blamed Capt Francesco Schettino for the sinking of the ship. Some 32 people died during the accident in January this year, when the vessel sunk off the Island of Giglio on the Italian coast.
Francesco Schettino, captain of the Costa Concordia, has described the sinking of the vessel as a “banal accident” in an interview. In an interview with Italian Canale 5 Schettino also claimed “destiny” had played a role in the disaster.
As part of the salvage plan to be carried out by the Italo-American Titan-Micoperi group to remove the wreck of the Costa Concordia, Fincantieri has been awarded a contract worth tens of millions of euros to build watertight boxes, known as caissons, to be used in the operation to refloat the ship. A total of 30 steel caissons with a combined weight of approximately 11,500 tonnes will be built in Fincantieri’s various shipyards.
Italo-American consortium Titan-Micoperi has presented its plan to remove the wreck of Costa Concordia from the coast of the Isle of Giglio. Following a conference convened by the commissioner, during which the relevant authorities provided the necessary permits, the work will begin in a few days and is expected to last about 12 months.
American specialists Titan Salvage have been awarded the contract to refloat the stricken cruise ship Costa Concordia in partnership with Italian firm Micoperi. The ship is presently half submerged in waters off the Italian island of Giglio following its sinking earlier this year with the loss of 32 lives.
Five more bodies have been discovered near to the spot where the Costa Concordia ran aground two months ago, bringing the total number of bodies that have been found to 30, with two still missing. The Costa Concordia had been carrying 4,200 passengers and crew when it crashed into rocks off the island of Giglio on January 13.