Costa Concordia – Latest News

I am saddened that there were no more survivors from those listed as missing on the Costa Concordia, and according to the latest reports 17 are confirmed dead and the remaining 15 people missing are not likely to have survived after 17 days. The actions of Captain Schettino were inexcusable and he deserves whatever punishment the Italian authorities dole out.

Italy reports that the ship will likely be in the waters off the Tuscan coast for ten months or a year as this is a massive undertaking to have it removed. They have still not begun the process of removing the 500,000 gallons of duel due to delays of weather and the ship shifting.

Apparently it is expected to take 28 days to remove 80 percent of the fuel which is stored in 15 tanks. After that, the engine room contains diesel fuel and other lubricants which make up the remainder of the fuels onboard and would need to be removed.

The process to remove the wrecked ship is extensive, not to mention the two month time frame for accepting bids for the project. It would not surprise me if this entire process of removing the wreckage does not take over a year. Franco Gabrielli, the Italian official in charge of the operation, has indicated that the wrecked ship will be visible from the coast for the entire summer tourism season. This is especially unfortunate for the residents of the island of Giglio, since their port is closed and no boats are allowed within a mile of the wrecked Costa Concordia. This affects local industry for fishermen, diving and boat excursions.

About Margie Miklas

An award-winning author, Margie Miklas writes medical thrillers and travel memoirs about Italy, a place which has captured her passion for travel. She is also the creator and owner of the travel blog, Margie in Italy, and a contributing writer for an Italian-American newspaper. A retired critical-care nurse, she enjoys spending time with her family, including her three cats. Her favorite place is the beach, and she likes learning new computer skills, when she is not writing. A member of the Florida Writers Association, Margie makes her home in Florida.
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3 Responses to Costa Concordia – Latest News

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  2. Bonnie D. says:

    The relaxed and unconcerned behavior of the “Captain” was remarkable. Those of us in the US follow all the news about this terrible tragedy. As does all the world. But he seemed totally uninterested in the matter that he caused to happen. I am begining to wonder if he had been playing how close can I go for years. . . and finally he found out.


  3. Debra Kolkka says:

    What an absolute, bloody mess. The whole business has been very bad for all of Italy.


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