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Italy: Costa cruise ship runs aground, capsizes, killing 6 with 14 still missing - captain arrested, company (part of Carnival) says he made "serious errors of judgment"

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20 January 2012

Cruise group launches safety review [Italy]

Author: Guy Dinmore, Giulia Segreti & Eleonora de Sabata, Financial Times

The parent of the cruise line whose vessel hit rocks off the Italian coast last Friday says it is launching a "comprehensive audit and review of all safety and emergency response procedures" across all its 10 cruise lines. In one of his first public responses to the accident – after which 11 bodies have been recovered and 22 people remain missing – Micky Arison, chief executive of Carnival Corporation, admitted that the Costa Concordia's grounding and capsizing had "called into question" the company’s safety and emergency response procedures and practices. "While I have every confidence in the safety of our vessels and the professionalism of our crews, this review will evaluate all practices and procedures to make sure this kind of accident doesn't happen again," said Mr Arison. Carnival owns a series of cruise brands, including Cunard, Holland America Line, P&O Cruises and Princess Cruises, as well as Costa, owner of the Concordia.

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Author: AP

Les plongeurs des garde-côtes ont découvert mardi cinq nouveaux corps dans l'épave du "Costa Concordia" [navire de Carnival], dont le naufrage le 13 janvier près de l'île italienne de Giglio (nord-ouest) a fait onze morts, selon un dernier bilan officiel toujours provisoire. Mis en cause dans l'accident, le commandant du paquebot va quitter la prison où il est incarcéré depuis samedi et sera assigné à domicile. Les victimes localisées mardi...se trouvaient dans la partie arrière du paquebot, près d'un point de rassemblement pour l'évacuation, a précisé un porte-parole des garde-côtes, Cosimo Nicastro. Avant leur découverte, 29 disparus étaient officiellement recensés...Outre le bilan humain du naufrage, le paquebot représente une menace pour l'environnement. Les réservoirs du navire qui effectuait une croisière en Méditerranée contiennent près de deux millions de litres de gazole, de quoi provoquer une catastrophe écologique en cas de fuite.

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17 January 2012

Costa Concordia: a tragedy with a dozen nationalities [Italy]

Author: Helen Pidd, Tom Philips, Jason Burke, Guardian [UK]

Five more bodies were recovered from the boat on Tuesday [17 Jan], raising the official death toll to 11. Twenty-four people were still missing...

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16 January 2012

Fourteen still missing from Italian ship disaster

Author: Gavin Jones & Antonio Denti, Reuters

Rescue workers searched the half submerged hulk of a capsized Italian cruise ship for 14 people still missing Monday, more than 48 hours after the huge vessel capsized, killing at least six and injuring more than 60...The captain of the...Costa Concordia was arrested Saturday, accused of manslaughter and abandoning his ship before all of the more than 4,200 passengers and crew had been evacuated. Francesco Schettino's employers, Costa Crociere [part of Carnival], said in a statement Sunday that he appeared to have made "serious errors of judgment" and had brought the ship too close to shore, where it struck a rock that tore a large hole in the hull...Costa Crociere expressed "deep sorrow" for the disaster.

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