Costa Concordia News

Costa Concordia prepares for final journey

Costa Concordia prepares for final journey

23rd Jul 2014 Cruise News

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.

Costa Concordia refloating operation begins

Costa Concordia refloating operation begins

14th Jul 2014 Cruise News

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.

Concordia captain blames helmsman

Concordia captain blames helmsman

24th Sep 2013 Cruise News

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.

Costa Concordia re-floated off Tuscany

Costa Concordia re-floated off Tuscany

16th Sep 2013 Cruise News

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.

Captain blamed for Concordia disaster

Captain blamed for Concordia disaster

14th Sep 2012 Cruise News

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.

Concordia sinking a ‘banal accident’ says captain

Concordia sinking a ‘banal accident’ says captain

11th Jul 2012 Cruise News

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.

Fincantieri to assist with raising of Concordia

Fincantieri to assist with raising of Concordia

5th Jul 2012 Cruise News

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.

Titan-Micoperi outline Costa Concordia refloat plan

Titan-Micoperi outline Costa Concordia refloat plan

23rd May 2012 Cruise News

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 firm tasked with refloating Costa Concordia

American firm tasked with refloating Costa Concordia

24th Apr 2012 Cruise News

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 found near Costa Concordia wreckage

Five more bodies found near Costa Concordia wreckage

23rd Mar 2012 Cruise News

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.