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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 [...]
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Costa Concordia Refloating Underway

The seemingly never-ending story of the Costco Concordia might finally be near its conclusion, or at least the part that involves the ship itself. (The trial of Costa Concordia captain Francesco Schettino will continue to capture headlines for the foreseeable future.) The refloating of the Costa Concordia is well underway at this point, and has gone for the most part without incident so far. Below we have compiled all the important updates about the refloating of the Costco Concordia, as well as take a look at what will come next. Read more [...]
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Costa Concordia Captain Visits Wrecked Ship

For the first time since the cruise ship slammed into rocks off the coast of Isola del Giglio, Italy, a disaster that claimed 32 lives, the captain of the Costa Concordia, Francesco Schettino, climbed aboard the vessel yesterday with a team of experts. The experts where appointed by the court to determine if the Costa Concordia wreck was caused by anything other than human error, and Schettino accompanied them at the request of his attorneys. Read more [...]

What is Parbuckling? With Special Reference to the Costa Concordia Recovery Operation

Parbuckling is the process by which a sunken vessel is rotated to an upright position by harnessing leverage. An instance of parbuckling is called a parbuckle salvage for obvious reasons: a ship is parbuckled so that it may be salvaged. This may appear to be an esoteric topic of concern only to engineers, which is essentially true, but parbuckling came to the attention of a larger audience with the raising of the Costa Concordia, the cruise ship that tragically sunk off the coast of Italy after rocks tore through the side of the vessel. The shipwreck caused 32 deaths, by far the worst cruise ship disaster in recent memory. Below is a brief explanation of parbuckling; we'll leave aside technical details and instead focus on the amazing righting of the Costa Concordia. 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 [...]