Key dates in Costa Concordia shipwreck, trial and cleanup

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Italy celebrated the 10th anniversary of the wreck of the Costa Concordia cruise ship off the Tuscan island of Giglio on Thursday

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By The Associated Press – Italy marks the 10th anniversary of the wreck of the Costa Concordia cruise ship off the Tuscan island of Giglio on Thursday. Here are some of the key dates in the saga, which included the captain’s test and the remarkable engineering achievement of perfecting the liner from his side so that it could be given away for scrap.


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January 13, 2012: The Costa Concordia collides with a cliff off Italy’s Giglio Island, when Captain Francesco Shatino orders it to stop and bring it closer to shore in a stunt. It flows without power until it comes to rest on the offshore shore. After weeks of searching, rescuers confirmed the deaths of 32 people.

January 15, 2012: Prosecutor Francesco Veruccio confirms passenger charges that Scitino had left Concordia before all passengers and crew could be evacuated.

January 17, 2012: Skatino is placed under house arrest.

January 17, 2012: Dramatic audio of the shipwreck aired in which Coast Guard Commander. Gregorio de Falco uses colored slang to order Scatino to get back on board to coordinate the evacuation. “You’ve left the ship! I’m in charge now,” yells De Falco. “Go back and report to me how many passengers there are and what they need. … Maybe you saved yourself from the sea, but I’ll pay you for it, damn it!

January 20, 2012: Costa’s CEO tells Italian state TV that Sciatino misinformed the company and crew and downplayed the seriousness of the situation after the ship struck rocks, delaying the appropriate assistance.

July 9, 2013: Skitino goes on trial for murder, shipwreck, and causing shipwreck. The trial is held in a 1,000-seat theater on the mainland in Grosseto, a spacious venue so that survivors and relatives of victims can participate.

July 20, 2013: Five employees of Costa are convicted of manslaughter in a separate trial, receiving sentences of less than three years after entering into plea bargaining.

September 17, 2013: Concordia was broken on its side and the fog horns cry after 4 a.m. to announce it was moved to the right from the seabed using chains and weighted tanks after a 19-hour operation .

October 8, 2013: The remains of one of the two missing were found by divers working on the wreck, later identified as Italian Maria Grazia Trecaricchi.

February 1, 2014: A Spanish diver working on the wreck of Concordia dies after cutting his leg on a sheet of metal underwater, news reports say.

July 23, 2014: As the boat’s sirens sound and tolls sound, the Concordia begins its final voyage as it is turned from giglio to junk. It arrives at Genoa’s shipyard on July 27.

November 3, 2014: The body of Indian waiter Russell Rebello, the last missing victim, is found by shipwreck crews for scrap in Genoa.

February 11, 2015: Grossato’s court convicted Sciatino and sentenced him to 16 years in prison, causing the ship to wreck and abandon ship before evacuating the passengers and crew, as well as due to gravity. Even for giving wrong information about Collision.

May 31, 2016: An appeals court in Florence upheld the conviction and sentence for Scatino after appeals by the prosecution and defence. Prosecutors sought a hardening of the sentence to 27 years, while the defense argued that the blame did not fall solely on Skitino.

May 12, 2017: Scutino loses his final appeal and ends up in prison after Italy’s highest court upheld his previous sentence and a 16-year sentence.

December, 2021: A court in Genoa orders the payment of 92,700 euros ($105,000) to Concordia passenger Ernesto Carusotti in one of the few civil lawsuits to reach a verdict against the company.


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