Modern Day Titanic
With nearly two dozen people still reported missing from the ship, which is lying on its side in the Tuscan waters off Giglio, Italy, a judge allowed its captain to be held on house arrest pending a later decision on whether he should be released.
Capt. Francesco Schettino, is under arrest and may face charges that include manslaughter, shipwreck, and abandoning a ship when passengers were still on board, chief prosecutor Francesco Verusio said.
The Costa Concordia’s captain, Francesco Schettino, was detained for questioning by police and could face multiple homicide charges. The ship’s operator, Costa Crociere, admitted Sunday that “there may have been significant human error” by Schettino that led to the disaster. The cruise operator has said Capt. Francesco Schettino strayed from the ship’s authorized course into waters too close to the perilous reef. The navigational version of a “fly by” was apparently a favor to the chief waiter who is from Giglio and whose parents live on the island, local media reported.
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Infrared Cruise Ship Rescue
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Operation to remove oil
Salvage workers have finally begun pumping 2,300 tonnes of diesel from the wrecked cruise liner the Costa Concordia.
Days of bad weather have until now prevented the operation to recover the fuel, increasing fears of leakage and the threat of a an environmental disaster.
A Dutch company has been charged with removing the oil, some of which the Salvage master, Bart Huizing had already bottled.
“Now we have the weather forecast showing at least four to five days of good weather so we will continue pumping 24-hours a day and as I said before things are looking good.”
Italy’s Civil Protection department has said the operation to empty the Costa Concordia’s 15 fuel tanks could take up to a month.
After that, the massive salvage operation will begin in earnest. It was on January 13 the vessel capsized after striking a rock. At least 17 people died and 15 are still missing.
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Salvage Work Update
Ten months on from the capsizing of the Costa Concordia cruise liner, salvage work is progressing slowly with the onslaught of winter expected to hamper the operation. Meanwhile, lawyers are preparing to resume a pre-trial hearing.
Salvage work on the capsized Costa Concordia liner is progressing slowing off the Tuscan island of Giglio with the looming threat of wintry weather promising to slow the work even further.
Work on the 951 foot-long cruise liner is still in its initial phases. Teams are seeking to stabilize the vessel to prevent it shifting down the rocky ledge it is resting on and plunging into the deep water of the surrounding marine reserve.
US firm Titan Salvage and Italian firm Micoperi are handling the re-float and removal of the ship, which is likely to cost at least $300 million and last about a year.
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Salvage work has begun on the stricken cruise ship Costa Concordia.
The 115,000 ton ship sank off the coast of the Italian island of Giglio in January with the loss of 32 lives. The four-stage project is estimated to take around one year.
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Costa Concordia ship set upright
The ship was declared completely upright shortly after 04:00 local time (02:00) on Tuesday Sept 17th.
Franco Gabrielli, the head of Italy’s Civil Protection Authority, said the vessel was now sitting on a platform built on the sea bed.
Graphic showing how the salvage operation will work
“A perfect operation, I must say,” said Franco Porcellacchia, a project manager for the Concordia’s owner, Costa Crociere SpA.
He added that no environmental spill was detected so far.
Booms and nets were put in place before the operation started – to combat any pollution threat in what is a marine national park.
The 114,000-gross tonnage ship – twice as heavy as the Titanic – was on Monday raised from rocks on which it had been lying and roll up onto her keel.
Time Laps 19 Hours
This timelapse video shows the full parbuckling salvage operation of the Costa Concordia. (This video has no audio)
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Reveling the damage starboard side
Maritime engineers declared the crippled Costa Concordia completely upright early on Tuesday after a 19-hour operation to pull the cruise ship from its side after it capsized in January 2012.
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