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Costa Concordia 'emergency' extended for a year


Rome, January 11 - The Italian government on Friday
extended by a year the "national emergency" declared after
cruise liner Costa Concordia ran aground off Tuscany a year ago
killing 32 people.
The extension "is necessary to ensure the successful
completion of the complex operations of removing and
transferring the ship," a cabinet statement said.
The emergency was due to expire at the end of this month.
The capsized carcass of the ship remains stuck on the side
of Giglio Island as workers hurry to clean up the wreckage of
Italy's worst maritime disaster since World War II.
US-based Titan Salvage and the Italian firm Micoperi
aim to remove it in time for Giglio's summer tourism season.
The captain of the Costa Concordia, Francesco Schettino, is
facing possible indictment for multiple manslaughter, abandoning
his post before the evacuation of all 4,200 passengers and crew
had been completed and failing to communicate properly with the
maritime authorities.
Coastguard commander Gregorio De Falco, who ordered
Schettino to "get back on board, dammit", was recently reported
to be mulling a possible run in next month's general election
for outgoing Premier Mario Monti.
Schettino, dubbed 'captain coward' by the Italian media, is
suing the Costa Crociere company for alleged unfair dismissal
and writing a book aimed at explaining how he allegedly averted
an even greater disaster.
Schettino has apologised for being "distracted" when his
ship capsized on January 13 after hitting a rock while sailing
close to Giglio to 'salute' local residents, stressing he was
not at the command of the ship.
The prosecutor handling the case said Schettino told
"embarrassing lies" when giving his account of his handling of
the ship on a TV programme.

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