An Italian court convicted Francesco Schettino, the Captain of the Costa Concordia to 16 years in prison. He was deemed guilty of 32 manslaughter deaths when the liner ran aground off the western side of Italy. He was found guilty of causing the shipwreck and for breaking the law of the sea… abandoning ship while passengers fended for themselves.
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He received 10 years for the deaths of the 32 passengers and crew; five years for causing the shipwreck; one year for abandoning the ship when hundreds of people were still aboard, and one month for giving false information to authorities.
So much for the tradition of the Captain going down with the ship! Even Capt Smith of the Titanic when down. Ground controllers begged him to get back on to help the passengers. He ignored them.
Civil suits are being negotiated with most in the area of tens of thousands of Euros. Prior to this time, the line paid out $11,000 Euros to survivors who did not join in the suits. The appeal process is next. Italy requires two sets of appeals a before he can be sent to serve his punishment.
The Concordia was righted and towed to a salvage yard to become autos and soup cans.
Now we hear that the poor man is writing a book. Gimmie a break.
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Remember the Costa Concordia? That was the mega-cruise ship that Captain, Francesco Schettino, drove into a rock off the Italian island of Giglio in January last year. The ship went over on its side and 32 people died and another 150 suffered injuries. Those on the lower decks suffered most as the bottom decks were submerged. It pays to go first class and stay on the upper penthouses! The ship was known for “Cruising Italian Style.”
The trial of Schettino opened today, 7/17. Turns out his lawyers requested a plea bargain. Instead of going through a long and expensive trail, the former Captain would plead guilty and accept a 3 ½ year prison stay. There are 250 pending civil suits. Good luck getting much money out of Captain Schettino. But the first in – get paid first. Salvage is planned for next year.
Carnival Corp owns the Concordia and has announced 2014 plans to roll out a replacement – a new 132,500-ton, 3,700–passenger mega-ship.
A few days ago we told you about the post-crash trial of the Captain of the Costa Concordia. Now the Italian judicial system found 5 of his crew members guilty of their part in getting the ship onto the rocks on the Tuscany coast. Back in January 2012, 32 people were killed and salvage operations still have not begun.
Captain Francesco Schettino is being tried alone. He attempted a plea bargain, but that was denied by the judge. He could get up to 20 years in prison. He is charged with manslaughter, causing the shipwreck and abandoning the ship. It appears he steered off-course to impress people along the shore. In radio traffic he is heard to say that he could not rescue people despite being told to return to the ship and work to get people off. It appears he left the ship for his own safety – maritime tradition (if not regulation) requires the Captain to be the last one off and to “go down with the ship.”
Carnival Corp is a holding company that controls these properties:
Carnival Cruise Lines (24 ships), Princess Cruises (16 ships), Holland America Line (15 ships) Costa (14 ships,) P&O Cruises (7 ships), Cunard (3 ships), Seabourn (5 ships), AIDA (8 ships), P&O Cruises Australia (3 ships) and Iberocruceros (3 ships).
The Concordia disaster has negatively impacted all the these lines as well as the industry as a whole.