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Costa Cruises faces damage claims from the governments of Giglio and Tuscany, years after the tragic sinking of the Costa Concordia. The claims have a hefty price tag: the region of Tuscany demands €30 million (about $38 million) in compensation, and the island of Giglio is demanding €189 million (about $237 million) for damages. Kemplon Engineering takes a closer look at the grievances of these famous tourist havens, and provides updates on fallout from the disastrous 2012 sinking that ended the lives of 32 people.
The Costa Concordia Disaster
In January 2012, the Costa Concordia—a 950-foot cruise liner from Costa Cruises—capsized off Giglio, an island off the Tuscan coast. The ship struck rocks and rolled to its side near Giglio after the captain, Francesco Schettino, was said to have deviated from a set route. 4,000 passengers were aboard Costa Concordia at the time, and the disaster ended with 32 lives lost.
Captain Schettino is on trial for manslaughter and dereliction of duty, with the prosecutor seeking a 20-year prison term for him. Five senior crew members were convicted of manslaughter in 2013. Just this year, the fallen ship was refloated and towed to Genoa for scrapping.
The Damage Claims
Tuscany and Giglio are known holiday retreats. Their governments claim the Costa Concordia disaster caused significant damages to their image and tourism livelihood. Giglio, for example, had reportedly lost about 45,000 visitors in the wake of the tragedy. Their 189-million-euro claim for compensation was arrived at by calculating the disaster’s financial impact on the island’s 1,400 residents over the course of the 900 days the ship remained in the area. Legal representation for Costa Cruises do not find the requested figures realistic, however. A verdict on the claims is expected in 2015. These claims are on top of the €1 million fine paid by Costa Cruises to avoid a criminal trial in 2013, and agreements to pay €11,000 to each passenger on the ship.
The Costa Concordia disaster had been heartbreaking for many people, on many fronts—lives lost, families in mourning, damaged environments, and loss of much-needed local livelihood. Many people are hurting, even years after the incident and likely for years to come. We at Kemplon Engineering can only hope that justice can be served, and agreements can be reached that would aid the recovery of affected individuals and the communities.
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