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Francesco Schettino, Captain of Costa Concordia, Found Guilty of Manslaughter

A little over three years ago, the Costa Concordia struck rocks off the Italian island of Giglio, initiating a massive shipwreck that killed 32 people and led to the largest salvation of its kind in maritime history. The captain of the Costa Concordia, Francesco Schettino, was found guilty of causing this disaster by an Italian court on Wednesday. He was also found guilty of 32 counts of manslaughter and of abandoning ship. He was sentenced to 16 years: 10 years for the manslaughter charges, five years for causing the wreck, and one year for abandoning the sinking vessel. Read more [...]
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Costa Concordia Saga Ends with Docking in Genoa

The Costco Concordia has completed its last voyage. After two years of laborious and highly technical work, the Costco Concordia salvage operation finally reached its end when the ship was pulled into the port of Genoa yesterday morning. The once-elegant cruise ship, which had 13 decks and could accommodate 3,780 passengers, will be scrapped. The memory of the disaster and its long aftermath will start to fade as the ship disappears piece by piece. Read more [...]

The Costa Concordia: Ship Raised (Photos), Human Remains Found, and Other Updates

The sinking of the Costa Concordia was by far the worst ship disaster in recent memory. It captured the world's attention, and for good reason. Modern cruise ships are remarkably safe, and even if they have problems, which they occasionally do (just ask Carnival), 32 people don't die as a consequence. It is therefore not surprising that people have been following the Costa Concordia story closely, especially in recent days, during which the ship was raised successfully and human remains were found. However, there is so much currently happening with the Costa Concordia - each day seemingly brings new updates - that we thought we'd call your attention to the major stories. Below is all you need to know about the news swirling around the Costa Concordia, and we've also included some awesome pictures of the raising of the ship for good measure. Read more [...]

The Raising of the Costa Concordia, to be Attempted Monday

If you follow cruise industry news, or if you follow the news at all, you'll probably know plenty about the Costa Concordia disaster. You'll recall that the Costa Concordia, a cruise ship that could hold over 4,000 passengers, crashed into rocks near the Isola del Giglio, Italy, an accident causing 32 deaths, because its captain, Francesco Schettino, sailed too close to shore. However, this tragedy happened nearly two years ago, and you probably haven't heard much about the ship since then. What happened to the Costa Concordia? Do the waters off the coast Giglio now have a permanent shipwreck site, or are they going raise the Costa Concordia and get it out of there? At last, there is some new information on this front, and the plan, by no means guaranteed to be successful, is to remove the ship from its current, tenuous resting place, possibly as soon as this Monday. Below are the most recent updates about the Costa Concordia. Read more [...]

Whether Francesco Schettino, Disgraced Captain of the Costa Concordia, is Responsible for the Shipwreck

Francesco Schettino, the captain of the Costa Concodia that crashed off Isola del Giglio, Italy in January 2012, attended a hearing in Italian court yesterday in connection to his role in the disaster. The hearing likely marks the beginning of a high-profile (and potentially lengthy) court saga that will have Francesco Schettino at its center, as the Costa Concordia captain is expected to be charged with causing the shipwreck, abandoning ship, and numerous counts of manslaughter. Eight others, including three people who worked for Costa Crociere's crisis center, are also facing possible charges. Read more [...]

Captain of Costa Concordia Attends Hearing

The captain of the Costa Concordia, the large cruise ship that crashed in January 2012 off Isola del Giglio, Italy, causing the deaths of 32 people, attended a hearing today about the disaster in an Italian court. Francesco Schettino is facing a slew of charges, including multiple counts of manslaughter. He is also charged with abandoning ship while passengers were still on board and causing a disaster. If Schettino is successfully convicted of these charges, he could face over 2,500 years in prison. Read more [...]