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.