Costa Concordia, shipwrecked cruise liner, completes last voyage… Cruise-ships can be very dangerous…

Costa Concordia, shipwrecked cruise liner, completes last voyage… Cruise-ships can be very dangerous…

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The shipwrecked Costa Concordia cruise liner completed its final journey, reaching Genoa on Sunday where it will be scrapped.

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The ship before the negligent disaster by Costa Lines and Carnival Cruises. 

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 The nightmare cruise. If this happened in an open sea – thousands more than the TITANIC would die. Cruise-ships can be very dangerous. Especially when off-shore greedy corporations have paid off politicians in Washington DC. 

Pulled by tugboats and nudged by winds, the ship was eased into the port in this northwestern Italian city. The Concordia struck a reef when its captain sailed too close to Giglio Island off Tuscany’s coast Jan. 13, 2012, and capsized, killing 32 people.

A spectacular operation set the ship upright in September 2013. On Wednesday, tugboats towing the wreck began the slow, five-day journey to Genoa, headquarters of ship owner Costa Crociere Spa and the port where the luxury vessel first set sail, after construction in 2005.

“Our big ally has been the ship,” said Franco Gabrielli, the Italian government official overseeing the operation. “The vessel has shown an impressive robustness.”

Capt. Gianluca D’Agostino, Giglio’s coast guard commander, told Sky TG24 TV the 180-nautical-mile voyage from Giglio to Genoa went so smoothly that one night, crews in a control room attached to the Concordia lit up the lights along the uncrushed side as if it were making one last Mediterranean cruise.

Environmentalists had worried the Concordia might pollute the marine sanctuary along its route, which passed close to the specially protected tiny isle of Montecristo. Fuel was siphoned out early in the salvage operation, but chemicals, food and human waste were also trapped inside and there were fears that it all could leak out.
D’Agostino said monitoring by spotter planes and samples of seawater found no pollution. When the Concordia was being towed near the French island of Corsica, D’Agostino recalled, he gave a bottle of Giglio wine to French authorities doing their own monitoring at sea, and the French, who were pleased no pollution was found, gave his crew a case of Champagne.

Demolition and scrapping will take an estimated two years.

But first, the wreck will be searched for any remains of an Indian waiter, the only body never found despite repeated missions by divers who swam through the ship when it lay on its side outside the port of Giglio, a fishing and tourism island in pristine waters, which are home to dolphins. One diver perished during search efforts.

Ship captain Francesco Schettino is being tried for alleged manslaughter, causing the shipwreck and abandoning ship with many passengers and crew still aboard. Dozens of people dove into frigid waters and after the Concordia started listing, lifeboats could no longer be launched during the chaotic and delayed evacuation.

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About Michael L. Grace

During the mid-80s, Michael Grace worked as a writer on the TV Hit Series THE LOVE BOAT. He wrote many of the two hour special featuring great stars of the past, including Lana Turner, Claire Trevor, Anne Baxter, Ethel Merman, Alexis Smith, etc. The public’s access to these stars, in familiar dramas and comedies, made them want to go on a cruise. They could see the stars in an ordinary world as “regular” people. The phenomenally successful series was responsible for creating the cruise industry as we know it today. By the time he was writing for Love Boat, the great steamship companies and their liners were flying hand me down foreign flags, painted like old whores, scrapped or doing three day cruises to the Bahamas. He had sailed on over thirty ships and liners with his parents, aunt and grandmother in late 50s to early 70s. The very successful CRUISING THE PAST website has been an outgrowth of Michael’s strong interest in cruise and social history. Drawing on his own knowledge and a vast maritime and social history collection, he is able to produce a very successful website. Michael is part of the award winning team that created the internationally performed award winning musical SNOOPY, based on PEANUTS by Charles M. Schultz. He has written for television and films. Read more by going to "About" (on the above dashboard) and clicking "Editor"…