Domenica, 21 Ottobre 2018

Giglio brings default action against Costa Crociere


(ANSA) – Grosseto, September 13 – The authorities on the
small Tuscan island of Giglio, the site of January's Costa
Concordia capsizing that claimed 32 lives, have asked for the
company that owned the cruise liner to be placed in default, a
lawyer acting on behalf of the local council said on Thursday.
The municipality has brought a civil action against Costa
Crociere in criminal proceedings stemming from the accident.
"Together with the Pavia-Ansaldo law firm in Milan we will
quantify the damages to the Giglio island community, which are
vast," said Alessandro Lecci, the council's lawyer.
The Concordia capsized after hitting a rock while sailing
close to the island to 'salute' local residents in one of
Italy's worst maritime disasters since the Second World War.
Captain Francesco Schettino is being investigated on
charges of manslaughter, abandoning ship, and failing to
communicate with maritime authorities in the crash.
The commander was dubbed 'captain coward' in the
international media after recordings of a conversation with
coast guards suggested he refused orders to return to the
semi-submerged Concordia after leaving before evacuation
operations had been completed.

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