GROSSETO, Italy, Sept 23 (Reuters) – The captain of the
Costa Concordia told a court on Monday that a junior officer who
was at the wheel at the time shared the blame for the cruise
liner disaster that killed 32 people last year.
Francesco Schettino faces multiple charges including
manslaughter, causing a shipwreck and abandoning ship after the
Concordia, carrying more than 4,000 passengers and crew, struck
a reef off the Tuscan island of Giglio and capsized on Jan. 13,
GROSSETO, Italy (Reuters) – Lawyers for the former ship’s captain charged over the sinking of the Costa Concordia cruise liner sought permission on Monday to examine the wreck for evidence, a week after salvage crews in Italy raised it off the rocks.
The raising of the Costa Concordia, one of the most complex shipwreck recoveries ever undertaken, has opened the way for a new quest for clues sought by prosecutors and the man charged with causing the accident, former captain Francesco Schettino.
GIGLIO, Italy (Reuters) – Salvage crews completed raising the wreck of the Costa Concordia in the early hours of Tuesday morning after a 19-hour-long operation on the Italian island of Giglio where the huge cruise liner capsized in January last year.
One of the most complex and expensive maritime salvage operations ever attempted saw the 114,500-ton ship pulled upright by a series of huge jacks and cables and set on artificial platforms drilled into the rocky sea bed.
GIGLIO, Italy (Reuters) – Salvage crews lifted the wrecked Costa Concordia cruise liner off a rock shelf on Monday as they worked deep into the night to complete one of the most difficult and expensive maritime salvage operations ever undertaken.
The 114,500-ton Concordia has lain half-submerged on its side just off the Italian island of Giglio since it ran aground and sank with the loss of 32 lives on January 13, 2012.
GIGLIO, Italy (Reuters) – Salvage crews shifted the wrecked Costa Concordia cruise ship slowly off a rock shelf on Monday in a painstaking process that looked set to continue into the early hours of the morning.
The most complex and costly salvage operation of its kind ever attempted began at 9 a.m. (0700 GMT) on the Italian island of Giglio after a three-hour delay due to an overnight storm, and progress was slower than originally estimated.
GIGLIO, Italy (Reuters) – Engineering teams began lifting the wrecked Costa Concordia liner upright on Monday, the start of one of the most complex and costly maritime salvage operations ever attempted.
The vast hulk of the 114,500 ton cruise liner has lain on its side for more than 20 months, dominating the tiny port in the Tuscan holiday island of Giglio where it hit rocks on January 13, 2012, killing 32 people.
ROME, Sept 13 (Reuters) – When salvage teams begin hauling
the wrecked Costa Concordia liner upright on the Italian island
of Giglio next week, the financial stakes for insurers will be
almost as enormous as the awe-inspiring feat of engineering.
According to reinsurer Munich Re, the overall
insurance loss from the accident could surpass $1.1 billion. As
much as half of that may be swallowed up by the cost of the
ROME (Reuters) – Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta warned on Wednesday that political turmoil was driving up Italy’s borrowing costs as uncertainty continued over the future of former premier Silvio Berlusconi.
The fate of the 76-year-old billionaire, who faces expulsion from parliament following a conviction for tax fraud last month, has overshadowed Italian politics for weeks, with his supporters alternating pledges of loyalty with threats to bring down the government if he is forced out.
ROME (Reuters) – Allies of Silvio Berlusconi stepped up warnings on Tuesday that they would bring down Italy’s unstable ruling coalition if center-left lawmakers refuse to delay a hearing over expelling the billionaire former prime minister from parliament.
A cross-party Senate committee, which is deciding whether Berlusconi should be stripped of his seat in the upper house following a conviction for tax fraud last month, resumes talks at 8.00 p.m. (1800 GMT) after an initial meeting on Monday.
MILAN/ROME (Reuters) – The prospect of nationalisation looms large for Italy’s Monte dei Paschi di Siena (BMPS.MI: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) now that the beleaguered lender needs to raise more than twice as much capital as originally planned to meet new European Union requirements.
Italy’s third largest bank said on Monday it would approve a tougher than initially expected restructuring plan on September 24 to comply with European Union demands, confirming investor fears it is struggling to emerge from the euro zone debt crisis.