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Costa Concordia Listing after Deadly Accident
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- Amended Lawsuit in Florida
- Pre-Trial Hearings
- Concordia Captain Freed from House Arrest
- Expert Findings Released on Costa Concordia
- Costa Concordia Black Box
- Prosecutors Request Indictments
- Costa Fined - No Criminal Charges in Italy for Concordia
- Captain Schettino Gets Day in Court or Not
- Concordia Captain's Trial Finally Underway
- Five Sentenced in Costa Concordia Shipwreck
- Captain Schettino Prison Sentence Set
- five years for causing the Jan. 13, 2012, shipwreck
- one year for abandoning the ship
- one month for false communications to maritime authorities
20 July 2013 - Five Sentenced
A court in Italy has convicted five people of manslaughter over the Costa Concordia shipwreck off Giglio island which killed 32 people in January 2012. The plea bargains were accepted by the court.
Prison sentences ranged from 18 months to 34 months. Five Sentenced in Costa Concordia Shipwreck
17 July 2013 - Trial for Captain Begins
Captain Schettino's lawyers requested a plea bargain with the prosecutor objecting. The court will rule out that in a few days. The names of the victims and how they died were read into the record on day 1 of the hearing. Continuing coverage: Concordia Captain's Trial Finally Underway
9 July 2013 - Trial to Begin in Grosseto
Costa Cruises has accepted a €1m ($1.3m) plea bargain agreement with an Italian court to limit its criminal liability for the capsizing of the Costa Concordia with the loss of 32 lives. They will no longer be held criminally liable in the Italy, and will in fact join the upcoming trial as an injured party seeking damages for the loss of the ship. Full details: Costa Fined - No Criminal Charges in Italy for Concordia
27 Feb 2013 - Prosecutors Request Indictments
Italian prosecutors in Grosseto, Italy, are seeking indictments against Captain Schettino and 5 others in the Costa Concordia disaster January, 2012. Full details: Prosecutors Request Indictments
11 Sep 2012 - Expert Panel Releases 270 page Report
In a 270-page analysis, the experts indicated that there were several factors in response to Captain Schettino's maneuver that contributed to the botched evacuation: crew members bungled directions, didn't understand orders and weren't trained or certified in security and emergency drills. Costa Cruises was also to blame for not notifying authorities of the seriousness of the accident. Pre-trial hearing is still scheduled for October 15th. Full details: Expert Findings Released on Costa Concordia
21 Jul 2012 - Pre-Trial Adjourned until Oct. 15th
Judge Valeria Montesarchio confirmed at a courthouse in Grosseto, central Italy that problems analyzing the "black box" (Voyage Data Recorder - VDR) caused an adjournment of the pre-trial hearing until October 15, 2012.
03 Jul 2012 - Captain Freed from House Arrest
Captain Francesco Schettino was released from house arrest by Italian judges on Thursday. He no longer has to remain confined to his home in Meta di Sorrento near Naples but must remain in the town. Concordia Captain Freed from House Arrest
31 Mar 2012 - Carnival Triumph held by Court
A federal judge Friday ordered the cruise ship held in Galveston as part a $10 million lawsuit filed by the family of a German tourist who died aboard the Costa Concordia shipwreck off the Italian coast, according to a news story on Galveston Daily News. Read more about this in our blog article: Judge Holding Carnival Triumph In Galveston
2 Mar. 2012 - Pre-Trail Hearings Begin
Captain Francesco Schettino, who denies accusations of manslaughter, causing a shipwreck and abandoning ship before all those aboard were evacuated, will not attend the proceedings in the town of Grosseto according to his lawyer. He indicated that it would be "unnecessary" for him to attend and it could be dangerous in light of the climate surrounding the proceedings.
Arriving in Grosseto
According to Italy's La Repubblica newspaper, more than 250 are already in the town as 70 lawyers and their teams arrive to represent survivors and relatives of victims in the legal proceedings. The public and members of the press will not be allowed to attend.
Panel of Experts to Review Evidence
Evidence and testimony, which has been gathered since the accident, will be presented to a court-appointed panel of experts made up of two naval experts and two academics. In a process that may take several months, these experts will have the task of reconstructing what happened and apportion degrees of culpability and blame.
Besides looking at Captain Schettino, the investigation will also look at the decisions and actions of Costa's vice-president, Manfred Ursprunger, and the head of its crisis unit, Roberto Ferrarini, with whom the captain was in contact during the evacuation. The ship's first officer, Ciro Ambrosio, is also under investigation. He was second in command of the vessel at the time.
Reports by the four experts, appointed at the hearing in the Tuscan city Grosetto, are due to be presented on July 21.