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Costa Concordia: Countdown To Refloating And Removal Has Begun

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    New Video Allegedly Shows Costa Concordia Captain Abandoning Ship


    By Mike Schuler On December 3, 2014




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    Schettino allegedly be seen in the video wearing a suit and tie.



    Prosecutors in the manslaughter trial of the former captain of the Costa Concordia have presented to the court a new video allegedly showing the captain waiting to board a lifeboat on the night of the 2012 disaster.

    The new video, which was reportedly filmed by the Italian Fire Service as the ship sank along the shore of Giglio, shows a man in a suit and tie standing next to one of the Costa Concordia’s lifeboats as others still scrambled down the deck.

    If proven to be Captain Schettino, it would contradict his previous claims that he was thrown into a lifeboat as the ship listed heavily.


    Here’s the clip below:




    The video comes one day after Schettino took the stand for the first time in his trial on charges of manslaughter, causing a shipwreck and abandoning ship with passengers still onboard. In his first day of testimony, Schettino told the court that he steered the ship close to shore as a favor to one of the head waiters onboard, to impress guests and islanders, and as a tribute to a close friend of his that was on the island. On Wednesday, Schettino insisted that his decision to hold off on the order to abandon ship for more than an hour after first hitting rocks actually saved lives because by that time the ship had drifted closer to shore.

    Throughout the trial, Schettino and his defense have attempted to shift blame to others as none of the 32 passengers and crew who perished were killed in the collision itself, rather their deaths were the result of a failed evacuation.

    If convicted, Schettino could face 20 years in prison.


    The trial is taking place in Grosseto, Italy.


    http://gcaptain.com/new-video-allegedly-shows-costa-concordia-captain-abandoning-ship/
     
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    I watched the NOVA presentation of the salvage operation on Public Television last evening. It can be seen on the internet now too I suppose.

    It was hands down, the most fascinating hour spent in front of the TV that I can recall.
     
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    Prosecutor Seeks 26 Year Prison Sentence for Costa Concordia Captain


    By Reuters On January 26, 2015




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    Tugboat maneuver the Costa Concordia towards its berth in the port of Genoa, July 27, 2014. REUTERS/ Stefano Rellandini



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    By Silvia Ognibene



    FLORENCE, Jan 26 (Reuters) – An Italian prosecutor asked a court on Monday to sentence the captain of the Costa Concordia cruise liner to more than 26 years in jail for his role in the 2012 disaster that killed 32 people.

    Francesco Schettino was the commander of the vessel, a floating hotel as long as three football pitches, when it came too close to shore and hit rocks off the Tuscan holiday island of Giglio.

    In summing up arguments at the trial in the nearby of Grosseto, Prosecutor Maria Navarro said Schettino should serve 14 years for manslaughter and causing injuries, nine for causing a shipwreck, three for abandoning ship, and a further three months for giving false testimony.

    The trial is expected to go to the jury next month.

    The prosecutor said that if he is convicted, Schettino should be jailed immediately because there was a risk he would try to leave the country. In Italy, most defendants remain free pending appeals trials

    More than 4,000 passengers and crew were on the ship when it capsized, prompting a chaotic nighttime rescue.

    It wallowed partially submerged near the port of Giglio for more than two years. The wreck was towed away last year in one of the most complex maritime salvages on record.

    The Tuscany region and the island of Giglio are seeking 220 million euros ($247 million) in damages from Costa Cruises, a unit of Carnival Corp because of the negative effects the disaster had on tourism.

    Costa Cruises avoided a criminal trial in the case by agreeing to pay a 1 million euro fine to Italy last year, but has said it would pay thousands of euros in damages to survivors.

    Schettino drew derision in Italy for bringing the Concordia too close to shore in an ill-fated maritime maneuver known as a “salute” and abandoning ship before all survivors were rescued.

    An audio recording of an Italian coast guard officer shouting at Schettino in a cell phone conversation to: “Get back on board, damn it!” went viral on the internet and the phrase was printed on T-shirts. ($1 = 0.8906 euros) (Writing by Isla Binnie; Editing by Toby Chopra)


    © 2015 Thomson Reuters. All rights reserved.

    http://gcaptain.com/italian-prosecutor-seeks-26-year-prison-sentence-for-costa-concordia-captain/
     
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    Crowley: Raising the Costa Concordia – The Full Story Behind the Largest Maritime Salvage in History


    By Mike Schuler On January 28, 2015




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    Photo courtesy Italian Civil Defense Department



    Crowley Maritime Corporation has just published an in-depth promotional piece telling the fascinating true story of the salvage of the Costa Concordia cruise ship in Italy.

    Shortly following the initial wreck, Crowley’s subsidiary Titan Salvage along Italy’s Micoperi were appointed to lead the consortium tasked with raising the Costa Concordia, which has become known as the largest and most complex maritime salvage in history.

    The piece covers just about everything there is to know about the historic job, from detailing those involved and the 5 project phases of the salvage, to the impact on the Island of Giglio and the efforts to restore the environment back to its original state.

    The Costa Concordia shipwreck was refloated and towed from Giglio in July 2014, approximately 20 months after the ship first came to rest along the small Italian island. The wreck is now set to be dismantled in Genoa, Italy.

    Check out the piece in an online reader HERE or you can download a PDF copy HERE


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    Costa Concordia Captain Found Guilty, Sentenced to 16 Years


    By Reuters On February 11, 2015




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    Captain of the Costa Concordia cruise liner Francesco Schettino walks in court during his trial in Grosseto February 11, 2015. Image (c) REUTERS/Max Rossi




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    By Silvia Ognibene and Isla Binnie



    GROSSETO, Italy, Feb 11 (Reuters) – An Italian court sentenced the former captain of the Costa Concordia cruise liner to 16 years in prison on Wednesday for his role in the 2012 shipwreck that killed 32 people off the Tuscan holiday island of Giglio.

    Francesco Schettino was commanding the vessel, a floating hotel as long as three football pitches, when it came too close to shore and hit rocks off the island, tearing a hole in its side.

    Schettino was convicted of multiple manslaughter, causing a shipwreck and abandoning his passengers in one of the highest-profile shipping disasters in recent years.

    However, he will not actually go to jail before the end of Italy’s long appeals process, which can take years after the court said he would not be imprisoned or put under house arrest until the whole appeals process is complete.

    Investigators severely criticized Schettino’s handling of the disaster, accusing him of bringing the 290 meter-long vessel too close to shore. The subsequent shipwreck set off a chaotic night evacuation of more than 4,000 passengers and crew.

    He was also accused of delaying evacuation and abandoning ship before all the 4,229 passengers and crew had been rescued.

    Prosecutors had asked for a prison sentence of 26 years for Schettino, who has admitted some responsibility but denied blame for the deaths that occurred during the evacuation.

    The court sentenced Schettino to 10 years for multiple manslaughter, 5 years for causing the shipwreck and one year for abandoning his passengers. In addition he received a one month civil penalty for failure to report the accident correctly.

    He was left alone in the dock to answer for the disaster after the ship’s owners Costa Cruises, a unit of Carnival Corp , paid a 1 million euro ($1.1 million) fine and prosecutors accepted plea bargains from five other officials.

    He and Costa Cruises were jointly ordered to pay a total of 30,000 euros compensation to each of the ship’s passengers as well as millions of euros in compensation to Italian government ministries, the region of Tuscany and the island of Giglio for environmental damage.

    Earlier on Wednesday Schettino had rejected prosecution accusations that he had shown no sense of responsibility or compassion for the victims, saying “grief should not be put on show to make a point.”

    The massive hulk of the Costa Concordia was left abandoned on its side for two-and-a-half years before it was towed away in the most expensive maritime wreck recovery in history. The last body was not recovered until last year.

    Schettino’s defense team argued he prevented an even worse disaster by steering the ship close to the island as it sank. They said the sentence that was sought by prosecutors went beyond even sentences sought for mafia killers.


    (Writing by James Mackenzie; Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky and Susan Fenton)


    (c) 2015 Thomson Reuters, All Rights Reserved


    http://gcaptain.com/costa-concordia-captain-found-guilty-sentenced-16-years/
     
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    The one year for abandoning ship is an insult. A captain with that many years service, that should have been 10 years all by it's lonesome.
     
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    I heard 16 years last night , only 6 months per victim

    but it might be years before its carried out with appeals
     
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    The Four Phases of the Costa Concordia Dismantling Project


    By Mike Schuler On February 17, 2015




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    The Costa Concordia moored at the “Seawall” pier in the Port of Prà Voltri, Genoa, Italy. Photo: Ship Recycling Consortium




    More than three years after the Costa Concordia ran aground in Giglio, the effort to dismantle and recycle the Costa Concordia continues nearly around-the-clock in Italy.

    The Costa Concordia arrived in Genoa in July 2014 following the historic salvage project. Since then, the Costa Concordia has been moored in the Port of Prà Voltri, Genoa, where the initial phases of dismantling/scrapping project will take place. Even now, the Costa Concordia remains afloat by means of the 30 sponsons that played a key role in the parbuckling, refloating and towing phases of the salvage.

    The dismantling project is being carried out by the “Ship Recycling Consortium”, which is made up of the Italian company Saipem (51%) and San Giorgia del Porto (49%). The project is expected to last for a total of about 22 months and will involve between 100 and 250 personnel working at any given time. As was the case with salvage, safeguarding the environment and all personnel involved will be of paramount importance throughout the entire project.

    With the wreck now in Genoa, the Ship Recycling Consortium has already drafted and presented a “Ship Recycling Plan” detailing the four phases of the dismantling project, which includes a detailed Waste Management Plan illustrating the procedures for the disposal/recycling/reuse of all the materials obtained.

    According to the Consortium, the dismantling work is being carried out with the aim of recycling approximately 80% of the discarded materials, including about 50,000 tonnes of steel and other metals which are to be obtained from the wreck.

    Detailed below are the 4 Phases of the Costa Concordia Dismantling Project:

    Phase 1: Arrival and Stripping

    Phase 1 began with the mooring of the Costa Concordia at the “Seawall” pier in the Port of Prà Voltri on July 27, 2014. After being handed over by the salvage consortium Titan Micoperi, the Ship Recycling team got to work performing important operations related to yard safety and preparations for the initial ship breaking and stripping of the interiors. Specifically, these initial tasks included:


    • Installation of the shipboard fire-fighting system
    • Completion of the lighting system
    • Installation of the necessary wiring and electrical installations
    • Installation of elevators for transportation of materials
    • Safety measures – e.g. repair of the gunwale/bulwarks, closure of certain shafts and spaces, protective measures in stairways, installation of gangways affording access to the ship
    • Installation of one crane on the lido deck (about 60 meters in height) and another one forward for lifting materials
    • Creation of openings required to remove materials and load them on barges for transportation to a dedicated area of the port
    • Winterization of mooring arrangements (in case of adverse weather conditions during the winter season).


    Behind the scenes, all the administrative procedures have been carried out in order to obtain the permits and authorizations required, the last of which was duly issued on October 9, 2014, the Consortium said.

    The Porto di Prà Voltri location consists of two separate worksites: the “Seawall”, chosen for initial mooring of the wreck, and the pier at the far end of the “Banchina di Voltri” quay, where facilities have been set up for logistics operations and waste management.

    The initial ship breaking involves the stripping and removal of the furnishings and fittings of the decks above water, beginning with the highest decks and working down. One of the primary goal’s of this first phase is to reduce the draft of the wreck, which will allow for the ship to be moved to the “Molo Ex Superbacino” dock where phases two and three of the project will take place.

    The Consortium estimates that about 8,000 to 10,000 tonnes of material will need to be removed prior to the transfer. Phase 1 is expected to be completed in the first few months of 2015 (possibly March) and involves up to 200 people.


    Phase 2: Transfer to the “Molo Ex Superbacino” Dock and Dismantling of Decks

    Once the Costa Concordia reaches the required draft, the wreck will be moved from the “Seawall” pier to the “Molo Ex Superbacino” dock. Here, personnel will work to dismantle the structures of decks 14 to 2, including the stripping of interior furnishings and fittings on the decks.

    The Consortium notes that during this phase, the deck structures will be removed in such a way as not to adversely impact the stability or longitudinal strength of the hull.


    Phase 3: Preparation for Transfer to Dry Dock

    The main objective of Phase 3 will be to create buoyancy by making several compartments of the ship watertight and possibly installing airbags. By doing so, the Consortium will be able to remove the 30 sponsons before towing the wreck to dry dock, where final dismantling will take place.

    Phase 3 will also involve cleaning the food storerooms and cold storage room on deck 0.


    Phase 4: Final Dismantling Operations

    Final dismantling operations are to take place in a segregated area of what is known as Dry Dock no. 4, where the wreck will be towed at the end of Phase 3. Once there, Phase 4 will involve the complete disassembly of the wreck, including the removal of all interior fittings, the clean-up of additional areas, and final demolition of the remaining structures.

    Phase 4 will conclude with the appropriate handling, disposal and recycling of the discarded materials.


    Below is a video showing some illustrations of the phases:


    More information on the Costa Concordia Dismantling Project can be found at the Consortium’s website: http://shiprecycling.it/.

    Vid at link:
    http://gcaptain.com/the-four-phases-of-the-costa-concordia-dismantling-project/
     
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    I wonder if these folks had to have a 4 step process??

     
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    Costa Concordia Captain Heads to Prison as Italy Upholds Conviction

    May 12, 2017 by Reuters

    By Crispian Balmer ROME, May 12 (Reuters) – The former captain of the Costa Concordia cruise liner was sentenced to 16 years in prison on Friday by Italy’s highest court for his role in the 2012 shipwreck, which killed 32 people off the Tuscan holiday island of Giglio.

    Francesco Schettino was originally found guilty in 2015 of manslaughter, causing a shipwreck and abandoning his passengers. Friday’s ruling marked the end of the appeals process, with the court upholding the initial verdict.

    Free during the prolonged legal battles, Schettino, 56, reported to a Rome prison to start his sentence as soon as he was told of the verdict, his lawyer Saverio Senese said.

    “As always, Italy needs to find a scapegoat,” Senese told reporters, adding that his client had waited for word of his fate alone outside the prison gates rather than stay at home with his family in southern Italy.

    The Costa Concordia was carrying more than 4,200 passengers and crew, when it hit rocks off Giglio on a chill January night, tearing a hole in its side and eventually keeling over.

    Schettino was lambasted by the Italian media and branded “Captain Coward” for leaving the stricken ship while a chaotic night-time rescue operation was in full flow. Critics accused him of bringing shame to the whole country through his actions.

    At his first trial prosecutors had asked for a 26-year term. Schettino admitted some responsibility but denied blame for the deaths that occurred during the evacuation and said he was not solely to blame.

    His lawyer said he might appeal to the European Court of Human Rights. “I think there have been serious abuses here,” Senese said. “I never give up.”

    Investigators severely criticized Schettino’s handling of the disaster, accusing him of sailing too close to shore to perform a spectacular “salute” to Giglio for the benefit of the ship’s head waiter, who came from the island.

    Schettino was also accused of delaying the evacuation and abandoning his ship prematurely. He said he had been thrown off the vessel as it tilted and had landed on the roof a lifeboat.

    Humiliatingly, a furious coast guard official had to order him to return to his ship and take charge of the rescue.

    He was left alone on the stand to answer for the disaster after the ship’s owner, the Costa Cruises subsidiary of Carnival Corp, paid a fine of 1 million euros ($1.3 million at the time) and prosecutors accepted plea bargains from five other officials.

    The massive, rusting hulk of the Costa Concordia was left abandoned on its side for two-and-a-half years before it was towed away in the most expensive maritime wreck recovery in history. The last body was not recovered until 2014.

    Schettino’s defense team contended that he prevented an even worse disaster by steering the ship close to the island as it sank. (Editing by Isla Binnie, Greg Mahlich)

    (c) Copyright Thomson Reuters 2017.

    http://gcaptain.com/costa-concordia-captain-heads-prison-italy-upholds-conviction/
     
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    I would nt want to be in his shoes.

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    Costa Concordia Dismantling Completed in Italy

    July 13, 2017 by Mike Schuler

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    The Costa Concordia sits on its side prior to the start of “parbuckling” operation in September 2014. The U.S. company Titan Salvage, now part of Ardent, was part of the consortium that refloated and removed the Costa Concordia, considered the largest maritime salvage in history. REUTERS/Tony Gentile

    The dismantling and recycling of the infamous Costa Concordia cruise liner has been completed in Italy, marking the official end to final phase of what is considered the largest maritime salvage job in history.

    The consortium responsible for the Costa Concordia’s dismantling announced the completion of the project this month in Genoa, Italy, about three years after the ship’s arrival. The consortium, known as the Ship Recycling Consortium, is made up by the Italian company Saipem, holding 51%, and San Giorgio del Porto, which held 49%.

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    The Costa Concordia moored at the “Seawall” pier in Genoa, Italy in July 2014. Photo: Ship Recycling Consortium

    The Costa Concordia ran aground on the Mediterranean island of Giglio on January 13, 2012 after sailing too close shore. The vessel came to rest on its side along the rock outcropping just outside the tiny island’s main harbor, prompting a massive salvage operation that lasted more than two years and involved the famous “parbuckling” operation – an event that was televised live across the globe. The cruise ship was later refloated and towed to Genoa in July 2014 for dismantling and recycling.

    The Ship Recycling Consortium says that during the dismantling and recycling project, approximately 53,000 tons of materials were recycled at facilities in Italy. More than 350 workers worked nearly around the clock to dismantled the ship in a safe and environmentally-friendly manner, working a combined one million man hours.

    Costa Concordia’s Italian captain, Francesco Schettino, was sentenced to 16 years in jail for his role in the shipwreck, which killed 32 people. Schettino began his prison sentence this past May.

    Filed Under: Interesting, News Tagged With: costa concordia, costa concordia salvage

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