[109], On 22 March, another five bodies were discovered in a remote section of the ship that was believed to be inside the hull. [267], On 22 February 2012, four officers who were on board and three managers of Costa Cruises were placed formally "under investigation" and "face charges of manslaughter, causing a shipwreck and failing to communicate with maritime authorities". 20 likes. [137] One resident explained, "Environmental damage is what concerns us most. [58], Route of Mediterranean cruise from Civitavecchia and back. If the oil pollutes the coast, we're ruined." [305], Newspaper Corriere della Sera stated that Italy owed the world a "convincing explanation" for the wreck and called for harsh punishment of those found responsible. [302] The Sinking of the Concordia: Caught on Camera, broadcast on 11 April 2012, provided a minute-by-minute anatomy of the Costa Concordia disaster, made almost entirely from passengers' mobile phone and video camera footage. The helmsman Bin was convicted for steering the ship in the wrong direction after Schettino ordered a corrective manoeuvre. Gabrielli said, "Our first goal was to find people alive ... Now we have a single, big goal, and that is that this does not translate into an environmental disaster. [115][116][117] Items on the body were reportedly subsequently identified as belonging to missing passenger Maria Grazia Trecarichi instead and on 24 October 2013 it was reported that DNA analysis confirmed it was her body. Camera view is a zoomed in view of the Costa Concordia Salvage Operation from the Giglio, Italy Port Camera.The refloating operation completed on July 23, 2014. [282][283], Costa Crociere S.p.A. also does business using the name "Costa Cruises". [249], Judge Valeria Montesarchio summoned survivors to testify at a hearing to be convened on 3 March in Grosseto. The search dives were planned as 40 minutes in duration, with sufficient extra compressed air in the scuba tanks in case of emergency. The Costa Concordia is towed by tugs from Giglio after being refloated. [citation needed] Once in port, the ship would be dismantled and the materials sold as scrap. The divers had two headlamps positioned on their helmets because underwater visibility varied from approximately 5 to 60 cm. [89] The divers worked in pairs for safety and searched each assigned area slowly in a zig-zag manner. [12], Wreck near Genoa, Pegli (Porto di Prà), 27 July 2014, The wreck in the Superbacino dock in Genoa, 12 September 2015, After the wreck of Costa Concordia was towed away, Costa Crociere put Micoperi in charge of the salvage site remediation. "[25] On 7 February, the Court decided to continue Schettino's house arrest. [54][55] The ship lost cabin electrical power shortly after the initial collision. [245], The insurance excess on the vessel was $30 million (€23.5 million, £19.5 million). It is a popular scuba diving destination, with tourism being its leading industry. [148], All operations planned for the wreck, including defuelling, were conducted jointly by Costa Cruises and the Concordia Emergency Commissioner's Office. [271] On 19 January 2012, all the data storage devices from the ship's control panel, including hard disks, were recovered. [110], On 15 January 2013, the final two bodies were thought to have been located (those of a female passenger and a male crew member), but they reportedly could not be recovered, because their location near the stern made their recovery inaccessible until the ship could be rotated. [4] Schettino was later found guilty of manslaughter in connection with the disaster and sentenced to sixteen years in prison. Strandjacks mounted on the tops of the turrets were attached to a total of 24 chains (2 per turret) passing under the hull (fixed to the port side). [citation needed] Booking volume for Carnival's fleet, excluding Costa, in the 12 post-accident days was down by "the mid-teens" as a percentage of year-earlier bookings. [290], Gianni Scerni, the chairman of Registro Italiano Navale (RINA), the classification society that issued Costa Concordia a certificate of seaworthiness and safety management in November 2011, resigned on 18 January 2012. [94], On 16 January, violent waters shifted the ship about 1.5 centimetres (0.6 in), interrupting rescue work[95]—trap doors were shut and debris fell on rescuers[91]—and giving rise to fear that the ship could be pushed into 68-metre (224 ft) deep waters[95] or that the fuel could leak. [200] On 23 July 2014, Costa Concordia began her final journey to the Port of Genoa. Another, containing different data, was located on 17 January. On 21 April, it was announced that Florida-based marine salvage and wreck removal company Titan,[170] with its partner company Micoperi, an Italian firm specialising in undersea engineering solutions,[171] had been awarded the contract to refloat and tow Costa Concordia to a port on the Italian mainland. [191][192], On 1 February 2014 a Spanish diver working on the Costa Concordia wreck died after cutting his leg on a sheet of metal. [144] Shifts and any high winds and high seas caused suspension of recovery and salvage operations. [241], On 23 February 2012, the Environment Ministry announced it would be "taking legal action" against Costa Cruises regarding a "possible" claim for "possible environmental damage" and the cost of salvage. [37] On 5 July 2012, Schettino was released from house arrest but mandated to reside in Meta di Sorrento. [257], Francesco Schettino (born 1960 in Meta, Naples), who had worked for Costa Cruises for 11 years,[230] and First Officer Ciro Ambrosio were arrested. [253][254] Tuscany's prosecutor general said that the investigation would seek to find causes for various aspects of the event, and beyond Schettino to other persons and companies. [105] On 22 February, guided by information from passengers as to where bodies might be,[106] divers found eight additional bodies in the wreck. However, Costa Concordia was carrying over 4,200 people, not counting in the stowaways, the presence of whom has been confirmed later, which means the number of passengers was more than double compared to Titanic. [28] Passengers were later advised to put on their life jackets. "Le telefonate della Capitaneria a Schettino "Comandante che fa, vuole tornare a casa? [63] Schettino participated in three telephone calls with the cruise line's crisis management officer. The ship on the morning after the parbuckling, After parbuckling and before refloat, September 2013, Starboard side of the righted Costa Concordia, showing the crushing effect of the rock spurs upon which she had rested. [13][201], On 27 July 2014, Costa Concordia arrived in Genoa where it was moored against a wharf that had been specially prepared to receive the vessel for dismantling. "[70] A third engineer officer from the ship's engine room also pointed out that "Unlike the captain, we were there until the end. [133] The 15 tanks that contained about 84% of the fuel in the vessel were emptied first and expected to take about 28 days. The Costa Concordia cruise liner ran aground off Italy with the loss of 32 lives. (translated as "Get the fuck [back] on board! The port side of the ship struck a reef at 21:42 or 21:45 local time. [149] On 12 February 2012,[150] after weeks of weather delays,[128][151][152][153] Dutch salvage firm Smit Internationale, acting jointly with Italian company NERI SpA,[154] started removing the vessel's 2,380 tonnes of heavy fuel oil. [134][135], Isola del Giglio lies within the Pelagos Sanctuary for Mediterranean Marine Mammals,[136] one of the Specially Protected Areas of Mediterranean Importance. The CEO of Costa stated that after the breaches in the hull were sealed,[164] the ship could be refloated, with difficulty, by giant inflatable buoys and then towed away. [306], Italian commentators reflected on the contrast between Schettino and De Falco and what it said about the national character. [287], The European Maritime Safety Agency was in the process of conducting a review of maritime safety when the accident occurred. [19][24], While the vast majority of the ship's multinational personnel held positions that did not require a seaman's qualifications (as they handled services like laundry, cooking, entertainment, cleaning, minding children, and waiting tables), according to a senior shipping official, they had received mandatory training in basic safety to be able to help in situations like this. Depending on the outcome of identification analyses of remains already found, it was stated that further search activities might be conducted in the wreck for the missing crew member Russel Rebello after it has been removed from the water. According to Costa Cruises, its internal regulations require all crew members to complete Basic Safety Training, and to perform a ship evacuation drill every two weeks. The Captain reportedly abandoned the ship before the evacuation was completed. In a first step to prevent pollution of the shore and assist in a refloat the ship, her oil and fuel tanks were emptied. Comments by some of the passengers that we were unhelpful have hurt us. Although all of them spoke at least basic English, most spoke no Italian. 4 submarine anchor blocks were fixed to the seabed between the wreck's center and the coast. On 13 January 2012, the Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia ran aground, capsized, and later sank in shallow waters after striking an underwater rock off Isola del Giglio, Tuscany, resulting in 32 deaths. As part of the recovery effort a group of about 200 giant fan mussels Pinna nobilis were manually relocated to a nearby area due to the threat posed by subsequent engineering work. [256], In addition, on 2 February 2012 the prosecutor's office in Paris, France, opened a preliminary inquiry to question survivors to establish any criminal liability and "assess psychological damage". On 10 October 2013 a $30 million option was taken with Dockwise for the use of the world's largest semi-submersible heavy lift vessel, Dockwise Vanguard, to transport Costa Concordia, as an alternative to conventional towing;[188][189] but the Concordia was instead refloated and towed to Genoa in July 2014. By January 2017, most of Costa Concordia had been dismantled and scrapped in Genoa, with all metal being recycled where possible, while final scrapping was completed in July 2017. 12/285 N.R. [34], Schettino said that, before approaching the island, he turned off the alarm system for the ship's computer navigation system. 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Steel sponsons are attached to the port side and partially filled with water. Half of these were later found inside the ship, most of them deceased. [273] The hearing also determined who could "attach lawsuits to the case". Photograph: Laura Lezza/Getty Images Danger: the cruise ship lies on its side last summer. Il Giornale said the wreck was a "global disaster for Italy". Required fields are marked *. "On the one hand a man hopelessly lost, a coward who shirks his responsibility as a man and an officer, indelibly stained. The crew consisted of citizens of 20 to 40 countries. [285], Costa Cruises at first offered to pay Schettino's legal costs but decided later that they would not do so. [149] The salvage operation was expected to commence in the middle of May. [249] The board said that the investigation was delayed because the Italian prosecuting team had seized important information, including the voyage recorder. As a result, immediately after the incident, CLIA proposed lifeboat drills to be mandatory prior to vessel departure, and not within 24 hours after departure, and the IMO made the rule mandatory as from January 2015. The operation continues but very slowly, at less than 2 degrees per hour. Costa Cruises is jointly owned by a dual-listed company comprising the two separate companies Carnival Corporation and Carnival plc. Costa Concordia ran aground off Giglio in January 2012, killing 32 people The 500 crew members working in Giglio have transformed the tiny island's social scene Commerce at … "[37] "This time I ordered the turn too late. On 24 January 2012, Transport Commissioner Siim Kallas told the Transportation Committee of the European Parliament that lessons learned from the loss of Costa Concordia would be taken into account. [88] Divers would find a path into the ship and tie down obstacles such as mattresses, before making noise to alert trapped people. [19][22] A few minutes after the impact, the head of the engine room warned the captain that the hull had an irreparable tear of 70 metres (230 ft)[23] through which water entered and submerged the generators and engines. [79] Despite this, Schettino never returned to the ship from the lifeboat into which he claimed he had "fallen". Arrow: journey on first leg, star: collision, Planned route (starting at 18:20 UTC) together with deviation (starting at 20:10 UTC) ending off Giglio, Deviation (from 20:30 UTC) leading to collision (20:45 UTC) and grounding (22:00 UTC)[59], Route leading to collision compared to route of 14 August 2011, After the grounding, passengers and crew were taken ashore from the ship by lifeboats and helicopters or swam to the island, leaving about 40 people missing. [186] The final cost of the salvage came to be $1.2 billion.[187]. The noise—there was panic, like in a film, dishes crashing to the floor, people running, falling down the stairs and saying "cazzo", said a survivor. [103] On 31 January, Italy's Civil Protection agency terminated the search in the submerged part of the ship because the deformed hull caused unacceptable safety concerns for divers. [183] Once this was completed, the ship was pulled upright by cables over the course of two days and settled on the platform, a method called parbuckling. "[308], De Falco's exasperated order to Schettino, "Vada a bordo, cazzo!" Refloated: people watch as the Costa Concordia is towed away from Giglio this week. After grounding, passengers and crew were taken ashore from the ship by lifeboats and helicopters or swam to the island. [151][155][156], By 20 February 2012, the tanks in the forward part of the ship, which had held about two-thirds of the fuel, had been emptied,[158] but the following day defuelling was suspended because of poor weather conditions. In addition, divers marked their route by trailing a line to be used to lead them back out in low visibility[citation needed] and positioned extra emergency air tanks within the ship. There were no injuries and repairs started soon after. Five years after the Costa Concordia ran aground off the coast of Giglio, Italy, the massive salvage effort for the stricken ship in a Genoa drydock is completed. On 13 January 2012, the Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia hit the bottom of the sea floor and overturned after striking an underwater rock off Isola del Giglio, Tuscany, resulting in 32 deaths. [185] The ship was returned to a fully upright position in the early hours of 17 September 2013, shortly before 3 a.m. CET. What happened that night is something Giglio will never forget and the rock will be a fitting memorial." [297] On 8 July 2012, CNN reported that the disaster brought changes to safety and evacuation procedures in the cruise industry. [315], Like all passenger ships, Costa Concordia was subject to two major International Maritime Organization requirements: to perform "musters of the passengers (...) within 24 hours after their embarkation" and to be able to launch "survival craft" sufficient for "the total number of persons aboard ... within a period of 30 minutes from the time the abandon-ship signal is given". [160] On the morning of 12 March, defuelling operations resumed[161] and were completed on 24 March. [64] Father Raffaele Malena, the ship's priest, said he was among the last leaving the ship at around 01:30. [275], Lawyers for the victims declared the sentences as shameful and said they might appeal to overturn the plea bargains that allowed reduced sentences in return for guilty pleas. [64] The next day, the survivors were transported to Porto Santo Stefano, where the first center for coordination and assistance was established. [262][263], Officials were initially trying to determine why the ship did not issue a mayday and why it was navigating so close to the coast. [63] The chief prosecutor received from the Guardia di Finanza a video, taken from their patrol boat, that filmed the ship between 22:30 and 23:10 or at 23:20. [183], In June 2012, a barge was put in place, and the removal of her radar, waterslide and funnel began before stabilisation of the ship to prevent further slippage down the sloped seabed. [p 3], Costa also promised return of all property stored in cabin safes, to the extent recoverable, and to grant passengers access to a programme for "psychological assistance". Costa Cruises CEO Pier Luigi Foschi explained that the company's ships have computer-programmed routes and "alarms, both visual and sound, if the ship deviates by any reason from the stated route as stored in the computer and as controlled by the. Several hours later, the ship capsized, claiming the lives of 32 passengers. Following the conclusion of the righting operation, the ship was kept on a platform while further inspections were made and the starboard sponsons attached. British MEP Jacqueline Foster warned against "trial by television and trial by newspapers", a view that was backed by fellow British MEP Brian Simpson, who said that it was "good practice to wait for the official report". The new muster policy consists of 12 specific emergency instructions, which include providing information on when and how to don a life jacket, where to muster and what to expect if there is an evacuation of the ship. [276], In a separate trial for manslaughter and causing the loss of the ship, Captain Francesco Schettino sought a plea bargain agreement. 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[103] The offloading process required fixing valves to the underwater fuel tanks, one on top, one on the bottom. "[239] For a time, Costa permitted its customers to cancel any future cruises booked with them, without penalty. [172] The salvage operation, using the port of Civitavecchia as its base was anticipated to begin in early May, take about 12 months[173][174] and cost $300 million. Inspired by the accident, EMSA conducted a damage stability study focusing on passenger ships, which completed in 2016. From the evidence available, including expert evidence obtained during the criminal proceedings in Italy, it is clear that the initial grounding of Costa Concordia could have been avoided and that subsequent failings in carrying out the evacuation process made a very bad situation far worse. [165][166] The company invited ten firms to bid for the contract to salvage the ship. Incident investigation revealed the ship was sailing too close to the coastline, in a poorly lit shore area, under the Master’s command who had planned to pass at an unsafe distance at night time and at high speed (15.5 kts). Owners of the Costa Concordia have contracted the world's largest semi-submersible heavy lift ship to lift the now-upright shipwreck and carry it, not tow it, to a location where it will be scrapped. [80][81], At 01:04, an Air Force officer who was lowered on board by helicopter reported that there were still 100 people on board. or "Get on board, damn it!" [142] The European Maritime Safety Agency is the EU agency tasked to develop a common methodology for investigating maritime accidents. The Costa Concordia sank off the coast of Giglio, Italy, two years ago has now been successfully lifted off rocks in the first part of a huge rescue operation. [87] Pitch-black conditions with large furniture drifting around made the rescue operation hazardous. On 26 September 2013, unidentified remains were found near the central part of the ship, where they were last seen. [312][313][314], On 13 January 2013, a rock was cast into the sea at the site of the disaster with a plaque to commemorate those lost. [298], Coverage of the shipwreck dominated international media in the days after the disaster. The New York Times called the incident "a drama that seemed to blend tragedy with elements of farce". Photograph: Laura Lezza/Getty Images A g e n c e F r a n c e - P r e s s e i n R o m e "[265], On 19 February, the Associated Press reported that traces of cocaine had been found on Schettino's hair samples, "but not within the hair strands or in his urine—which would have indicated he had used the drug". Interrogation transcript of Cpt. A 291 m cruise ship with over 4-thousand people on board has grounded off Italy's north-west coast. [255] On 24 February 2012, prosecutors alleged that Schettino "slowed down the ship so that he could finish dinner in peace" and to compensate for lost time, subsequently increased the speed to 16 knots (30 km/h) just before the sail-past. [60], Corrado Clini, Italy's Minister of Environment, said that saluting, a "custom that has resulted in an outcome visible to all", should no longer be tolerated. [264], On 11 February, TG5 broadcast a video of the commotion on the bridge following the collision. A newspaper in Italy has posted a video of the frantic last moments of the evacuation of the stricken Costa Concordia. Secondly, the incident highlighted the common practice of large cruise liners, sailing unacceptably close to the coast. On the night of 13 January 2012, during a seven-day cruise, Costa Concordia with 4,229 people onboard, was sailing from Civitavecchia, Italy, to Savona, when she deviated from her planned route at the Isola del Giglio.