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« Reply #440 on: December 12, 2012, 03:09:13 PM »

http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/338769
Costa Concordia's company rebounding by building giant liner
December 10, 2012



Costa Cruises, the owner/operator of the Costa Concordia, which went down nearly a year ago with the loss of 32 passengers and crew, is building a replacement. The construction of the 132,500 ton Costa Diadema began in Italy Monday.
The ship is being constructed in the Fincantieri shipyard and will carry 4,947 passengers. The Costa Diadema will be the largest of the Costa Cruises fleet and the biggest cruise ship in the world to fly the Italian flag.
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The ship is expected to be completed by October of 2014 and will carry a price tag of some $6.5 billion. Schettino, meanwhile, after a recent preliminary hearing, waits to see if he will go to trial on charges of manslaughter, causing a shipwreck and abandoning a ship; it is likely he will.

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« Reply #441 on: December 12, 2012, 03:11:02 PM »

http://www.pnj.com/usatoday/article/1761807?odyssey=mod%7Cnewswell%7Ctext%7CLife%7Cs
Work begins on new Costa Cruises ship
December 11, 2012

Costa Cruises' largest ship ever began taking shape this week at a dry dock in Italy.

Workers at the Fincantieri shipyard in Marghera laid the first block of the hull for the 132,500-ton Costa Diadema, which will be nearly 16% larger than the largest Costa ship now at sea.

Scheduled to debut in late 2014, the $715 million vessel will have 1,854 cabins and be able to hold up to 4,947 passengers. Designed as a new flagship for the Italy-based line, it'll be the largest cruise vessel flying the Italian flag.
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Costa says the initial block of the Costa Diadema weighed nearly 500 tons and measured 51.5 feet wide by 95 feet long. Its placement in the dry dock where the vessel will be built over the coming year was marked by a small ceremony.
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« Reply #442 on: December 12, 2012, 03:12:43 PM »

http://www.usatoday.com/story/cruiselog/2012/12/12/costa-cruises-ship-damaged/1763103/
Costa Cruises ship damaged while docking in France
December 12, 2012

12:40PM EST December 12. 2012 - A sister ship to the Costa Concordia was damaged Tuesday in a collision with a port structure in Marseille, France.

The 3,000-passenger Costa Pacifica suffered a 24-foot gash above the waterline after hitting a docking "dolphin" in high winds.

No one was injured in the incident, and the damage was repaired overnight, according to the company. As a result of the repairs, the ship left Marseille about eight hours behind schedule.
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« Reply #443 on: December 13, 2012, 05:42:20 PM »

http://www.gazzettadelsud.it/news/english/26587/Italy-environment-minister-warns-of-Concordia-salvage-delays.html
Italy environment minister warns of Concordia salvage delays
December 13, 2012

Rome, December 13 - Italy's environment minister on Thursday said that delays in removing the beached Costa Concordia cruise liner from Isola del Giglio risked leading to further environmental damage. In a letter addressed to Costa Co-Chief Executives Pierluigi Foschi and Michael Thamm, as well as to the head of Italy's civil protection agency, Franco Gabrielli, and to the president of the Tuscany Region, Enrico Rossi, Minister Corrado Clini said it was ''urgent'' that a working program be developed for the last phase of the stranded ship's removal and the recovery of the hull in ''an ideal location''. ''As I have previously indicated to Franco Gabrielli, the delays with respect to the scheduled [salvage operation] are and continue to be causes of great worry,'' Clini wrote. On Thursday Clini added that the main concerns regard the conditions of the ship's hull and the existence of the necessary safety conditions to ''guarantee that the recovery can go ahead in safe conditions which don't create further risks and emergencies.''
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« Reply #444 on: December 15, 2012, 10:57:02 PM »

http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=50137090n
Preview: Costa Concordia
December 14, 2012 10:24 AM
When the 951-ft.-long luxury liner hit a rock 11 months ago off the Italian coast, it was the biggest passenger ship ever to capsize. Now, the salvage operation to float and tow away the huge vessel is the biggest maritime salvage operation ever undertaken. Lesley Stahl reports on Sunday, Dec. 16 at 7:30 p.m. ET and 7:00 p.m. PT.

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« Reply #445 on: December 17, 2012, 10:01:29 AM »

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504803_162-57559461-10391709/a-world-askew-on-board-the-costa-concordia/
A world askew: On board the Costa Concordia
December 16, 2012

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« Reply #446 on: December 17, 2012, 10:05:17 AM »

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-18560_162-57559311/costa-concordia-salvaging-a-shipwreck/
Costa Concordia: Salvaging a shipwreck
December 16, 2012

The following script is from "Costa Concordia" which aired on Dec. 16, 2012. Lesley Stahl is the correspondent. Rich Bonin, producer.

Ever since the wreck of the Costa Concordia 11 months ago, the huge Italian luxury liner has been sitting, semi-submerged, off the coast of Tuscany, looking like a big, beached whale.

It's the largest passenger ship ever capsized, easily surpassing the Titanic. And removing the ship has turned out to be the most complicated, the most expensive, the most daunting and the riskiest salvage operation ever.

The Costa Concordia is a rusting carcass, sitting precariously on two underwater mountain peaks. The swimming pools and jacuzzis where passengers sunbathed and sipped cocktails, now empty and askew. A clock remains frozen in time, marking the hour and minute when the ship lost power.

And below, ghostly vestiges of the ship's contents litter the ocean floor in what the Italian authorities have designated an official crime scene. Thirty people died; two are still missing.

Nick Sloane: Welcome on board.

Lesley Stahl: Thank you.
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http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=50137223n
Costa Concordia: Salvaging a shipwreck
December 16, 2012 6:27 PM
Eleven months after wrecking at sea, the Italian luxury liner awaits one of the most expensive and daunting salvage operations ever. Lesley Stahl reports.

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« Reply #447 on: December 23, 2012, 10:40:22 PM »

http://www.insuranceinsider.com/-1241486/3
Costa Concordia P&I loss rises to $744mn
December 21, 2012

Marine reinsurers have been notified that the Costa Concordia loss has worsened yet again, just a month after the protection and indemnity market was rocked by an earlier deterioration.

According to sources, the ground-up loss has widened from $662mn to $744mn, taking the loss even deeper into the $500mn XS $560mn second layer of the International Group (IG)'s vast reinsurance placement.
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« Reply #448 on: December 23, 2012, 10:42:04 PM »

http://www.cruisecritic.com/news/news.cfm?ID=5127
Cruise News Shorts: Costa Concordia Trial Looms Closer, While Charleston Terminal Debates Come to a Close
December 21, 2012

2:10 p.m. EST) -- Every week we catch wind of so much cruise news, we don't always know what to do with it all, but a few standout bits sometimes catch our attention. Here are some interesting cruise tidbits we think you might like to know about.

Judgment Day Coming Soon
Italian prosecutors have finished investigating the Costa Concordia tragedy and are preparing to bring charges against the captain and seven other people, Reuters reports. The captain will be accused of manslaughter, causing a shipwreck and abandoning ship. The head investigator said he expects to file a request for an indictment at the end of January, at which point a judge will decide if there is enough evidence for a trial. Captain Francesco Schettino faces up to 20 years in jail. Five other crew members, as well as three Costa employees also face indictment and trial.
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« Reply #449 on: December 23, 2012, 10:43:46 PM »

http://english.ruvr.ru/2012_12_23/Costa-Concordia-to-be-towed-away-no-earlier-than-September/
Costa Concordia to be towed away no earlier than September
December 23, 2012

The cruise ship Costa Concordia will be towed from the crash site near the island of Giglio, the Tuscan coast of Italy, no earlier than September next year. According to the administration of Tuscany and the vessel owner, it is extremely difficult "to determine the exact time frame for such a large-scale technical operation, without analogues in the world."
This means that the huge vessel, lying on its side on the reefs near the shore, will most likely remain there throughout the next summer season. The cost of moving it will run into 400 million euros, with the expenses covered by the ship-owner.
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« Reply #450 on: December 25, 2012, 02:47:48 PM »

http://ohsonline.com/articles/2012/12/24/costa-concordia-removal-planned-by-fall-2013.aspx?admgarea=news
Costa Concordia Removal Planned by Fall 2013

The task of uprighting and refloating the stranded cruise ship involves about 400 workers and a seven-days-a-week schedule, the salvors reported Dec. 23.
December 24, 2012

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« Reply #451 on: December 30, 2012, 10:30:48 AM »

http://www.ereleases.com/pr/costa-concordia-survivors-publish-memoir-music-95649
Costa Concordia Survivors to Publish Memoir & Music
December 30, 2012


BOSTON, Dec. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — One year after the Costa Concordia shipwreck, survivors Benji Smith and Emily Lau announce the simultaneous publication of a memoir detailing their experience escaping from the sinking ship and an album of original compositions inspired by the disaster.
The book, written by Smith and titled Abandoned Ship: An Intimate Account of the Costa Concordia Shipwreck, tells the story of the couple’s harrowing journey escaping from the sinking vessel.

“I’ve never been so terrified in my life,” says Smith. “When all the lifeboats left us behind, Emily and I truly thought we were going to die. This was our honeymoon cruise, but we actually said goodbye to each other.”
The memoir follows Smith and Lau as they scavenged a rope from the deck of the ship and rappelled down the hull in search of rescue, and then through Rome as they struggled to find their way back home again, relying on the kindness of strangers to provide them with food, shelter, and clothing.
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« Reply #452 on: January 01, 2013, 10:40:38 AM »

http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/340170
Costa Concordia newlyweds to publish book, music of experience
December 31, 2012

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« Reply #453 on: January 05, 2013, 12:45:00 AM »

If you go to the link below, look at the "Flash News" which is in a moving ticker style, which gives updates as work is completed.

http://www.theparbucklingproject.com/aziende.php
The Parbuckling Project
Concordia wreck removal project informative website

January 3, 2013

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« Reply #454 on: January 06, 2013, 03:49:02 PM »

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/italy/9782361/Costa-Concordia-survivors-One-year-on-our-lives-are-still-in-ruins.html
Costa Concordia survivors: 'One year on, our lives are still in ruins'
Thirty two people died when the Costa Concordia ran aground off the Italian island of Giglio. And, as Andrea Vogt finds out, many survivors are still struggling to put their lives back on track.
January 6, 2012

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« Reply #455 on: January 09, 2013, 03:22:44 PM »

http://uk.news.yahoo.com/costa-concordia-stupid-tourists-rescued-091819334.html
Costa Concordia: 'Stupid' Tourists Rescued
January 7, 2013

Coastguards have criticised five German cruise ship passengers who hired an inflatable boat to get a close-up look at the wrecked Costa Concordia liner.
The group, including two children, had to be rescued after their tiny boat was swamped by waves, whipped up by storm force winds. All were suffering from the effects of the cold.
Officials said the party were holidaymakers from the Costa Magica, a cruise liner from the same Costa Cruises fleet as the ill-fated Concordia, which struck rocks last year leaving 32 people dead off the Italian island of Giglio.
The Germans had arrived at Civitavecchia and made their way to Porto Santo Stefano where they hired the boat so they could take a look at the stricken Concordia which is still lying on rocks just outside the entrance to Giglio harbour.
Although they managed to sail the 10 miles from Porto Santo Stefano without any problem, on the return leg the weather suddenly changed and the boat got into difficulties.
But it managed to stay afloat and they were picked up by a coastguard vessel which took them back to the mainland.
Once on dry land, they were given hot drinks and wrapped in thermal blankets and after being given the all-clear by paramedics they were taken back to Civitavecchia where they resumed their cruise ship holiday.
A coastguard spokesman in Porto Santo Stefano said: ''It was a pretty stupid thing to do. They were lucky that it ended as it did - they could have quite easily sank.
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« Reply #456 on: January 09, 2013, 03:26:17 PM »

http://www.carbonpositive.net/industry-updates/629-costa-concordia-tops-2012-increase-in-ship-losses.html
Costa Concordia Tops 2012 Increase in Ship Losses 
January 8, 2013


Twelve months on from the Costa Concordia incident, a new Allianz report identifies that 106 ship losses were reported worldwide in the 12 months to November 25 2012 - up from 91 ships the previous year but a 27 percent decrease on the ten year average of 146 ships per annum. Despite this long term downward trend, driven by technology, training and regulation and a proactive response from the shipping industry to safety improvement, human error remains the core challenge.
In its annual ‘Safety and Shipping Review’ of maritime losses, marine insurer Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS) highlights developments in shipping safety during 2012. The year was marked by two high profile accidents with the loss of the Costa Concordia off Italy on January 13th (the largest loss of the year at 114,137 gross tons) followed by that of the ferry, Rabaul Queen, off Papua New Guinea on February 2nd, both causing multiple fatalities.
According to the report, foundering (sinking or submerging) was the most common cause of losses in the past year (49 percent) followed by wrecking or running aground (22 percent). Collisions such as that involving the Baltic Ace and Corvus J in early December 2012 accounted for a relatively small number of losses (6 percent).
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Major shipping companies have initiated self-regulation initiatives post-Costa Concordia, with the Cruise Lines International Association and the European Cruise Council partnering up to lead the industry-wide voluntary adoption of policies that go beyond international regulatory requirements. In addition, moves previously pioneered in other industries (such as airlines) or by leading ship-owners are gathering force: for example, greater adoption across the industry of the ‘function-based bridge’ concept whereby the bridge command structure changes from the traditional captain’s sole command towards a ‘check and balance’ approach. “We see such self-regulation of the industry as the core driver of safety”, says Gerhard, who believes that such concepts will soon trickle down to other sectors where passenger safety is paramount.
In addition, technological improvements such as the introduction of mandatory Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems (ECDIS) in July 2012 are expected to reduce accidents, but only where properly applied with effective training and management oversight. “Technology is only as useful as the training behind it – and we don’t always see this human element keeping up with other advances. What we do see with the best ship-owners is a proactive safety management culture, going beyond the minimum standards and running from top to bottom of the organization. This can really make an impact in improving safety”, Gerhard says.
Source: Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS)
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« Reply #457 on: January 09, 2013, 03:27:46 PM »

http://www.cruisecritic.com/news/news.cfm?ID=5148
Long-Term Impact From the Costa Concordia Cruise Disaster?
January 8, 2013

(1:20 p.m. EST) -- The Costa Concordia tragedy shined a bright light on cruising and the industry's safety precautions.

Images of Concordia on its side off the coast of the small Italian of Giglio have become iconic, while the disgraced captain Francesco Schettino has been universally vilified for his role in the incident, which led to the death of 32 people.

In the year since the tragedy, the cruise industry has vowed to monitor and improve safety standards.

The most noticeable change, of course, is the overhaul of the safety procedures cruise ships are obliged to have in place. Observers might say many of these new procedures -- for example a muster drill before the ship sets sail and more mandatory lifeboat training for crew -- should have already been in place.

Be that as it may, the industry cast itself in a positive light by acting swiftly, decisively and with one voice. No fewer than 10 new safety procedures were put in place within a year of the accident, and three of them were enshrined in maritime law by the end of 2012.

Apart from safety, the key question is: How has this affected the cruise industry?

Most commentators agree that for seasoned cruisers, the answer is "not a lot."
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« Reply #458 on: January 09, 2013, 03:37:38 PM »

I have no sympathy what so ever for  Francesco Schettino.  He should never have left his passengers and crew.  JMHO Comparing his treatment to that of Bin Laden?  Well, Schettino was Captain of the Costa Concordia and he had a duty to his passengers.  Epic fail.  His 30 years of work went down the toilet in one night, and that was the night he was put to the test and he left the people that depended on him.  JMHO

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Italian cruise liner captain Francesco Schettino 'living in deep torment'
January 9, 2013

Schettino, 52, was in command of the Costa Concordia when he altered its course, so he could carry out a sail by salute and impress passengers but it ended tragically as his ship slammed into rocks off the tiny island of Giglio on the Tuscan coast, tearing a huge 70-metre gash in her hull.

The father of one - who is facing charges of multiple manslaughter and causing a ship wreck - spoke out in an interview with Italian newspaper La Stampa, just days before the first anniversary of the tragedy which took place on January 13.

He said: “I've been treated worse than (Osama) Bin Laden, while my regret for what happened is enormous. I reject the image that has been attached to myself, it ridicules not only 30 years of my work but my experience worldwide and also the image of our country has been opened to unjust criticism globally.”

In the days after the tragedy Schettino was dubbed 'captain coward' after it emerged that he had fled his post and escaped in a lifeboat while dozens of the 4200 passengers and crew were still on board the Concordia as it lay on its side on rocks off the Giglio shore.
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« Reply #459 on: January 09, 2013, 03:39:45 PM »

http://www.iol.co.za/news/world/world-remembers-concordia-tragedy-1.1449035
World remembers Concordia tragedy
January 9, 2013

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The commemorations on Giglio will begin on Sunday at 09.00 GMT with workers due to place the rock that the ship crashed into and then ripped from its base back near where it once stood - a symbol of a return to normality.

There will then be a mass in the same church in the port that served as a temporary refuge for drenched survivors in the hours after the tragedy.

Awards will also be given to rescue workers who scoured the ship for weeks, initially looking for survivors like the South Korean honeymooners plucked from the wreck, before the grim search began for bodies in the water.

In this seafaring community of 1 500 souls, fishing boats will then blare their sirens in a poignant memory of the exact moment the ship crashed.

For some caught up in the tragedy, however, there may never be closure.

“It's been 12 months that I wake up each morning in the hope of getting the call,” Elio Vincenzi, husband of one of two people still officially missing among the 32 victims, told La Stampa.

“I need a grave to cry over.” - Sapa-AFP
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