Costa Concordia Owner Fined $1.3M
Cruise line looking to blame Schettino for accident
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 10, 2013 9:25 AM CDT
In this Jan. 14, 2012 file photo, the luxury cruise ship Costa Concordia leans on its side after running aground off the tiny Tuscan island of Giglio, Italy.   (AP Photo/Guardia di Finanza, File)

(Newser) – A judge in Tuscany has fined Italian cruise line Costa Crociere SpA $1.3 million in administrative sanctions for the 2012 wreckage of the Concordia cruise ship that killed 32 people. Costa had asked for a plea deal to respond to the administrative sanctions, which under Italian law are for companies whose employees commit crimes. Costa, a division of Carnival Corp., has sought to blame the disaster entirely on Capt. Francesco Schettino, who took the cruise ship off course and rammed it into a reef off the Tuscan island of Giglio on Jan. 13, 2012.

Prosecutors are seeking indictments for Schettino and five others. A preliminary, closed-door hearing is scheduled for Monday. Schettino is accused of manslaughter, causing a shipwreck, and abandoning the vessel before all passengers evacuated. Schettino has depicted himself as a hero, claiming it was his deft steering after the collision that allowed the ship to move closer to the port and helped to save lives. He also maintained the reef was not marked on the ship's navigational charts. Sailors in the area, however, say the reef is a well-known tourist attraction.

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HMD-SMD-ITY
Apr 10, 2013 8:16 PM CDT
$1.3M. Well that'll teach em. That's about 100 minutes of profit from a fiscal year.
NorCalHal
Apr 10, 2013 12:08 PM CDT
Carnival's Costa Concordia the ONLY ship with a water view from EVERY room, where the drink special of the day is "Condordia on the rocks" and where you can go snorkeling without leaving the cabin. Carnival is a cattle car operation run by a bunch of "smucks". We have probably taken 20-25 cruises. Our first cruise (and last with Carnival) was the December 1999, new year's Millineum cruise that they over charged and under delivered on. I believe those blood suckers would do anything to make money and care less about customer comfort and safety - UNLESS it costs them money! If you are considering a cruise look around there are some really great lines - but Carnival is NOT one of them!
finkster
Apr 10, 2013 9:45 AM CDT
"Costa, a division of Carnival Corp." Dear Carnival, Considering all the problems you've have had with you ships recently, you might want to change your name to something else.