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  • Roman Villa Reopens on Wild Tuscan Island

    07/02/2015 11:34:14 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 7 replies
    Discovery News ^ | Thursday, July 2, 2015 | Rossella Lorenzi
    The remains of one of the most prestigious maritime villas from Roman times are set to reopen July 2 in a small, almost uninhabited island off the Tuscan coast after been locked for 15 years. Commonly known as "Villa Domitia," the imperial complex stood magnificently 2,000 years ago on the island of Giannutri, a rocky crescent about 3 miles long with thick areas of Mediterranean vegetation... The majestic complex marks Giannutri's most glorious time. Today the southernmost island of the Tuscan archipelago is almost empty -- populated by a huge colony of seagulls and, in summer, by a group of...
  • Costa Concordia captain guilty of manslaughter (16 years)

    02/11/2015 11:30:41 AM PST · by the scotsman · 37 replies
    BBC News ^ | 11th February 2014 | BBC News
    'The captain of the Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia has been found guilty of manslaughter and sentenced to 16 years in prison. Captain Francesco Schettino was at the helm when the ship hit rocks and sank in 2012, killing 32 people. He was accused of taking the liner too close to the shore and then abandoning ship with passengers and crew still on board. Schettino denied the charges and said he was being made a scapegoat.'
  • Amazing pictures show hulking wreck of the Costa Concordia rusting away in the Mediterranean Sea

    01/12/2014 1:55:26 PM PST · by Uncle Chip · 16 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | January 12, 2014 | Leon Watson
    as massive operation to lift stricken cruise liner beginsRefloating the Concordia will be the next phase in the largest maritime salvage in history. Rusting away in the Mediterranean Sea, this is what remains of stricken cruise liner the Costa Concordia. Two years on from the tragedy that claimed the lives of 32 people, the creaking hulk is still stranded off the island of Giglio where it struck rocks and sank. Mattresses can still be seen inside the liner and the ship's furniture is visible through shattered windows still in place. Today, officials confirmed the massive 'parbuckling' operation to try and...
  • Costa Concordia righted (youtube time lapse video)

    09/17/2013 7:55:40 PM PDT · by SteveH · 18 replies
    BBC ^ | Sept. 17, 2013
    Costa Concordia salvage operation Time lapse footage
  • Raise the Costa Concordia: the most expensive maritime salvage operation in history

    09/12/2013 4:06:07 PM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 24 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | September 12, 2013 | NICK ENOCH and HANNAH ROBERTS
    The Costa Concordia will finally be righted next week in the largest and most expensive maritime salvage operation in history. The cost of lifting the giant cruise liner, which sank off the coast of Tuscany in January 2012, off the sea bed, has ballooned to £500million - a figure that could rise if there are problems, organisers admitted. Thirty-two people died when the ship, with 4,200 passengers onboard, hit rocks and ran aground off the island of Giglio after an ill-judged 'salute' to inhabitants by the ship’s captain. The enormous operation, to pull the ship off the reef where it...
  • Costa Concordia captain sues employer for dismissal after cruise ship smashed into a reef

    10/14/2012 7:22:22 AM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 19 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | October 13, 2012 | Daily Mail Reporter
    The disgraced captain of the Costa Concordia which ran into a rock and capsized off the Italian coast in January, killing up to 32 people, has sued for wrongful dismissal. Italian Francesco Schettino was not only fired by Costa Cruises but is accused by prosecutors of causing the accident by sailing the luxury cruiser liner too close to shore. He faces charges of multiple manslaughter and abandoning ship and preliminary hearings will begin on Monday. ................. The Naples-born captain has always acknowledged making mistakes once it became clear that the 144,400-tonne Costa Concordia was in trouble. But he has said...
  • Costa Concordia Salvage Plan Revealed [PHOTO TOUR]

    05/19/2012 10:15:46 PM PDT · by GATOR NAVY · 5 replies
    gCaptain ^ | 18 May 12 | gCaptain Staff
    Representatives from Costa Crociere and the Italo-American consortium Titan-Micoperi today presented the details of their much anticipated plan to remove the wreck of Costa Concordia from the Island of Giglio using cranes and caissons to float the vessel.As we learned weeks ago, Titan Salvage and Micoperi were selected to remove the stricken Costa Concordia from Giglio Island after beating out several leading salvage companies vying for the historic contract.  Titan Salvage, part of the Crowley Group, is an American-owned specialist marine salvage and wreck removal company and is a world leader in its field. Micoperi is a wellknown Italian marine...
  • Costa Concordia Disaster: Footage from the bridge [VIDEO]

    02/18/2012 9:56:09 PM PST · by GATOR NAVY · 6 replies · 1+ views
    gCaptain ^ | 18 Feb 12 | Staff
    This video was taken from the bridge the Costa Concordia in the moments after hitting rocks on the Island of Giglio. The video offers the first glimpse of the officers, Captain and other crew members from the bridge following the initial grounding. We’ve been seeing snippets of this video over this past week but this seems to be full version (and with English subtitles). Analysis to follow…
  • In shipwrecks, we can see our sad transition

    01/29/2012 5:26:55 AM PST · by rhema · 33 replies
    Minneapolis Star Tribune ^ | 1/29/12 | Katherine Kersten
    [ . . . ] This change in the behavior of ordinary people in the face of crisis reveals something about who we have become in the century since the Titanic's demise. For several generations now, we've disparaged the view of life that produced the men who, in 1912, willingly sacrificed their lives in service to others. "Women and children first" sounds patronizing and downright sexist to the modern, enlightened sensibility. At the same time, words like "duty" and "honor" sound antiquated and empty of meaning -- and may even bring a cynical smile to the lips of our modern...
  • The Final Maneuvers of the Costa Concordia

    01/27/2012 9:03:51 PM PST · by gandalftb · 13 replies
    gCaptain ^ | JANUARY 19, 2012 | John Konrad
    John Konrad narrates this video of the navigation plotting of the Costa Concordia based on the AIS data via QPS Maritime Software.
  • ‘Captain Coward’: Behold our brave new sexually emancipated world

    01/24/2012 7:45:59 PM PST · by Morgana · 9 replies · 1+ views
    SANTA MARINELLA, Italy, January 23, 2012 ( – What kind of man sneaks away under cover of darkness from his own sinking ship, leaving nearly 4200 passengers and crew to fend for themselves? What kind of men knock aside old ladies, little girls and young mothers to get to lifeboats first? Why, modern men, sexually emancipated men who have been raised on the tenets of feminism and our “contemporary” mores. What can an expression like “women and children first” mean to modern men who have been taught all their lives that women are nothing more precious than sexual playthings, and...
  • Costa's '30 per cent off' compo offer leaves survivors stunned

    01/22/2012 9:03:39 PM PST · by Daffynition · 39 replies · 1+ views
    Cruise and Liner History ^ | January 22, 2012 | staff reporter
    Cruise and Liner History: The offer of a 30 percent discount on future cruises, made by the owners (Micky Arison’s Carnival Corp) of the recently shipwrecked Costa Concordia (Costa Cruises), has been faced with a number of angry responses from passengers of the ill-fated luxury liner.
  • The Sinking of the West

    01/21/2012 9:24:39 AM PST · by Shery · 3 replies
    National Review ^ | January 21, 2012 | Mark Steyn
    Abe Greenwald of Commentary magazine tweets: Is there any chance that Mark Steyn won’t use the Italian captain fleeing the sinking ship as the lead metaphor in a column on EU collapse? Oh, dear. You’ve got to get up early in the morning to beat me to civilizational-collapse metaphors. Been there, done that. See page 185 of my most recent book, where I contrast the orderly, dignified, and moving behavior of those on the Titanic (the ship, not the mendacious Hollywood blockbuster) with that manifested in more recent disasters. There was no orderly evacuation from the Costa Concordia, just chaos...
  • Divers recover Madonna intact from shipwreck chapel

    01/21/2012 8:28:34 AM PST · by nuconvert · 47 replies
    She was found inside the ship's chapel, submerged up to her shoulders, but in one piece. Fire department divers wrapped her in a white towel, and used a nylon belt to hold it in place so she would not be damaged as they pulled her out. On Saturday, the plaster statue of the Madonna from the doomed Costa Concordia cruise liner stood in a white tent on the port of Giglio, still wrapped in the same towel.
  • (Mark Steyn) The End Of Social Norms, From The Titanic To The Concordia

    01/20/2012 7:35:10 PM PST · by Kaslin · 48 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | January 20, 2012 | MARK STEYN
    Abe Greenwald of Commentary magazine tweets: "Is there any chance that Mark Steyn won't use the Italian captain fleeing the sinking ship as the lead metaphor in a column on EU collapse?" Oh, dear. You've got to get up early in the morning to beat me to civilizational-collapse metaphors. Been there, done that. See page 185 of my most recent book, where I contrast the orderly, dignified and moving behavior of those on the Titanic (the ship, not the mendacious Hollywood blockbuster) with that manifested in more recent disasters. There was no orderly evacuation from the Costa Concordia, just chaos...
  • gCaptain’s John Konrad Narrates the Final Maneuvers of the Costa Concordia [VIDEO]

    01/20/2012 12:09:04 PM PST · by dickmc · 4 replies
    gCaptain (maritime blog) ^ | January 19, 2012 | John Konrad
    This locally acquired information playback shows the course and actions of the Concordia based on locally broadcast ship information prior to --and after-- the rock collision and subsequent grounding. Well worth watching. Clearly looks like captain error if he was at the helm. Incidentally this is an excellent site if you have an interest in maritime matters.
  • Can’t get enough of the Costa Concordia story.

    01/19/2012 7:44:38 PM PST · by DManA · 29 replies
    The Bleat ^ | January 18, 2012 | James Lileks
    The culture of the passengers? Don’t want to generalize; just quoting. The food is horrible. Expect Europeans blowing smoke everywhere. My entire suitcase and clothing at the end of the trip reeked of smoke. They rarely cleaned the deck so I personally slipped 4 times and saw 20 people slip. There are inadequate warnings in place by the pool to indicate that the floor is slippery. If you are elderly, this is a walking death trap. Nobody ever lines up and expect people to push you out of the way or bite your hand off while trying to get food...
  • Mapping the route of the cruise ship (Video Report)

    01/19/2012 6:43:18 PM PST · by Razzz42 · 15 replies ^ | January 16, 2012 | Alexandra Steele
    Meteorologist Alexandra Steele maps out the route of the Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia. [Video]
  • The Chicken of the Sea: A Modern Tale of Fear, Failure, and Cowardice

    01/19/2012 5:05:43 AM PST · by SLB · 21 replies
    Albert Mohler ^ | Jan 19, 2012 | Albert Mohler
    The sight of the giant cruise ship Costa Concordia listing in the deadly embrace of the sea is a now a graphic symbol of failure. Its timing is absolutely eerie, coming so close to the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. But, unlike the Titanic, this disaster did not take in the middle of the ocean, far from the range of observation. The Costa Concordia appears to be almost touching the rocky Italian coastline. The digital revolution ensures that we are all able to see the wreck of the ship in living color. And then came the story....
  • 'Dude, Where's My Lifeboat?'

    01/17/2012 8:36:16 PM PST · by Patrick1 · 33 replies
    NRO ^ | 1/17/2012 | Rich Lowry
    When they make the movie about the Costa Concordia, the cruise ship that grounded off the coast of Tuscany, there won’t be romantic tales about its captain. Italian authorities immediately arrested him on suspicions of manslaughter and abandoning ship prematurely. He might have been the skipper of the ill-fated vessel in all senses of the word.
  • Report: Captain claims he "tripped" into lifeboat

    01/18/2012 9:26:58 AM PST · by Upstate NY Guy · 106 replies
    CBS News ^ | January 18, 2012 | ap
    (CBS/AP) The cruise ship captain under fire for abandoning his vessel while thousands of passengers scrambled for rescue has reportedly come up with an explanation for his flight - he accidentally tripped and fell into a lifeboat: Capt. Francesco Schettino stated: "I didn't even have a life jacket because I had given it to one of the passengers. I was trying to get people to get into the boats in an orderly fashion. Suddenly, since the ship was at a 60 to 70 degree angle, I tripped and I ended up in one of the boats. That's how I found...
  • Costa Concordia passenger Amelia Leon 'lucky to be alive'

    01/17/2012 2:34:31 PM PST · by Red Badger · 24 replies
    BBC ^ | 01-17-2012 | Staff
    A woman from Birmingham (UK) says she feels lucky to be alive after arriving home safely from the capsized Costa Concordia cruise ship in Italy. Amelia Leon, 22, was in her cabin with her boyfriend, a crew member, when the liner struck the rocks on Friday. [snip] Ms Leon, a professional singer, said she felt very emotional following the shock of what she had experienced, and knowing people are still missing. She said: "The TV went on to the floor and completely smashed and the lights went out. 'This is horrible' "Obviously lots of people were pushing and shoving but...
  • Full transcript: Convo between cruise ship captain and port authority

    01/17/2012 8:45:17 AM PST · by Red Badger · 86 replies ^ | 01-17-2012 | Staff
    GIGLIO, Italy (WLS) - Audio recording of the conversation between Capt. Francesco Schettino and Port Authority officials after the doomed Italian luxury cruise liner Costa Condcordia struck rocks Friday was released Tuesday morning. At least 11 people were killed in the aftermath, according to Italian media, and dozens more are still missing. The following is a translation of the recording, which was posted on the news website Corriere della Sera: Captain Schettino: It's Capt. Schettino. Port Authority: Schettino, listen to me, there are people trapped onboard, now you go back, you will go with your rescue boat under the stern...
  • Divers use explosives to blow holes in hull of capsized cruise liner ...

    01/17/2012 6:13:08 AM PST · by Daffynition · 14 replies · 1+ views
    DailyMail ^ | 17th January 2012 | Lee Moran
    Italian navy divers have set off explosives to create openings in the hull of a cruise ship that ran aground near a Tuscan island, in a desperate effort to speed the search for 29 missing passengers and crew. Navy spokesman Alessandro Busonero said micro-charges placed on the side of the ship created four openings to allow divers 'to enter easily for the search'. Extensive debris and the 'sideways' nature of the ship has hampered rescuers from getting into sections of the stricken vessel. The holes were made both above and below the water level. Television footage showed the holes to...
  • Stricken cruise liner captain DID abandon ship before passengers AND refused to go back when ordered

    01/17/2012 6:57:02 AM PST · by Red Badger · 46 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 1-17-12 | By Lee Moran and Nick Pisa
    Francesco Schettino to appear before judge today Arrested on suspicion of multiple manslaughter and abandoning ship Ignored order from coastguard to return to ship 'Offered to return to doomed cruise liner, but only to collect black box' Junior officers led a 'mutiny' after he dithered in giving orders Seventh person was found dead in shipwrecked vessel, rescuers say this morning 35 Britons on board reported safe and well, more than 60 people injured, 29 still missing Reports Schettino was dining with passengers when the accident happened The Costa Concordia's captain did abandon ship before hundreds of his passengers, it has...
  • Italy's most hated man: Facebook anger at skipper of doomed cruise liner ...

    01/16/2012 5:12:26 PM PST · by NCjim · 80 replies
    Mail Online ^ | Jaunary 16, 2012
    The captain of the Costa Concordia has become the most hated man in Italy. Francesco Schettino, 52, is at the centre of a Facebook hate campaign after being squarely blamed for the cruise liner running aground. Thousands have taken to the web to vent their fury at the so-called ‘Captain Coward’, who is now claimed to have ‘skimmed’ past the Tuscan isle of Giglio not just to salute a retired officer but also to impress his head waiter’s family on shore. Many scorned his decision not to remain with his stricken ship. The official death toll rose to six yesterday...
  • Cruise Ship Costa Concordia Sinks off Italian Coast [VIDEO, AIS Track]

    01/14/2012 9:54:27 PM PST · by GATOR NAVY · 42 replies · 1+ views
    gCaptain ^ | 14 Jan 12 | Rob Almeida
    Upon departure from the port of a Giglio, an island off the northwestern coast of Italy, the cruise ship Costa Concordia struck a reef, tearing a 50 meter-long gash in her hull. Reports indicate the ship’s captain, Commander Paolillo, attempted to steer the ship toward shallower waters to enable an easier lifeboat evacuation. A reported 3,200 passengers and 1,000 crew were onboard when she grounded. UPDATE: The captain of the cruise ship COSTA CONCORDIA has been arrested by Italian police as an investigation into Friday night’s grounding is launched. Officials said Saturday that captain of appears to have taken the...
  • Cruise ship runs aground off Italy; deaths reported

    01/13/2012 6:37:29 PM PST · by Perdogg · 145 replies · 1+ views
    A cruise ship with up to 4,000 people on board ran aground on the island of Giglio, off the Tuscan coast, on Friday night, and UK media reported that at least two people died. The Telegraph said some passengers jumped from the steeply listing Costa Concordia and swam a short distance to the island. A photo in the Telegraph showed the brightly lit ship teetering just outside a harbor wall. Sky News quoted coast guard officials as saying two people died.