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Concordia navigator confirms Schettino ordered detour


Grosseto, October 8 - The navigator of the wrecked
Costa Concordia cruise ship confirmed to a court in the Tuscan
city of Grosseto Tuesday that the captain ordered him to change
the ship's route on the night of its fatal crash into a rock
formation off Giglio Island.
The crash led to the deaths of 32 people on January 13,
2012 in one of Italy's worst maritime disasters.
Navigator Simone Canessa is the second witness for the
prosecution in an trial against ex-captain Francesco Schettino,
who faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted on charges
including multiple manslaughter and dereliction of duty.
Schettino has been accused of ordering the ship's detour as
a salute to people he knew on Giglio Island, and has been
slammed for allegedly abandoning ship without overseeing the
Schettino has claimed his image and actions have been
distorted by investigators and the media and said his actions on
the night prevented the disaster being even worse.
''Before leaving (the port of) Civitavecchia, Commander
Schettino told me to wait on the bridge. Then he told me to
program a modification of the route Civitiavecchia-Savona to
pass next to Giglio,'' Canessa said, responding to prosecutor
Alessandro Leopizzi's questioning in a Grosseto theatre serving
as a court.
The prosecutor also played an audio recording of
Schettino's voice speaking to Canessa, which was taken in the
control room when the ship was still in Civitavecchia.
''So see what speed we have to do. Let's go by Giglio.
Let's do this bow to Giglio. Let's go do this f**king Giglio
thing,'' Schettino told Canessa in the recording, using the term
''the bow'', which Canessa explained was a practise of making a
small detour in the ship's route in order to greet or salute
''In August 2005, we flanked Giglio Island on another ship,
in total safety, at a speed of five knots and 100 metres from
the coast,'' Canessa said, adding that the captain of that
voyage, Mario Palombo, had warned authorities both on land and
sea of the maneuver he was making.
Canessa testified that he had heard only indirectly why
Schettino wanted to make ''the bow'' at Giglio the night of the
''I had no direct information, but I had heard people say
that it was to salute some Giglio residents or someone who
worked on the ship,'' said Canessa.

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