Martedì, 18 Settembre 2018
FLORENCE

Raising of Concordia shipwreck postponed

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Florence, January 8 - Italian authorities on Friday
said the wreckage of the Costa Concordia cruise liner that ran
aground off the Tuscan island of Giglio last January would be
raised later than originally planned.
"The aim is to refloat the ship by the end of September
2013, with a delay of a few months, but still compatible with
the approved timetable," said Tuscan Governor Enrico Rossi.
The governor also expressed concern about the fate of
works to remove the shipwrecked vessel once the legal oversight
provided by Prefect Franco Gabrielli comes to an end on January
31.
"We have urged the project to be followed closely, we have
called for it not to be abandoned and Environment Minister
Corrado Clini has said he agrees," Rossi added.
Meanwhile the authorities on Giglio are preparing to mark
the first anniversary of the cruise ship disaster that killed 32
people on January 13, 2012, as legal proceedings against
Francesco Schettino, the captain at the helm of the ship,
continue.
He is facing possible criminal indictment for multiple
charges of manslaughter.
Schettino is also claiming he was wrongly dismissed by
Italy's Costa Crociere cruise line over the deadly accident.
A wrongful dismissal hearing continues on Wednesday, as
Schettino's lawyer argues the dismissal process used by the
company was not legitimate.

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