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Experts start inspection of Concordia

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Giglio Island, January 23 - A group of technical
experts, judges and lawyers set off to board the Costa Concordia
on Thursday for an inspection of wrecked ship.
The findings of the inspection will provide evidence for
the trial of former captain Francesco Schettino, who faces
charges of multiple manslaughter and dereliction of duty in
connection with the Concordia's January 2012 shipwrecking off
the Tuscan island of Giglio that led to the death of 32 people
and the injury of hundreds more.
It is the first time the Concordia has been boarded since
the successful outcome of a parbuckling operation in September
to raise it from its semi-submerged perch off Giglio.
The first party inspecting the ship is made up of three
judges, court-appointed experts, and lawyers and consultants
representing the Concordia's owner, Costa Cruises. Other groups
will inspect it later on Thursday.
The experts will inspect the bridge from where the course
was set for the Concordia to sail too close to the Giglio,
causing it to hit rocks and open a huge hole in its hull, and
from where Schettino commanded the ship until it lurched over.
They are set to return to inspect the emergency generator
at a later date, probably on February 27.
Consumer association Codacons and Schettino's defence had
petitioned for the new survey.
The magistrates ruled that new evidence collection was
warranted because significant areas of the ship have been made
accessible by the righting operation.
"I don't think we'll find anything different from what we
already know," said prosecutor Francesco Verusio before the
inspection.
"Anyway it's good to do this job because, up to now, the
experts have only worked on paper. So the experts will be able
to say if anything is different to what they have already
reported".
It was feared bad weather could cause the inspection to be
delayed. But it went ahead despite rainy, wavy conditions.
The first group went to the ship on a police pilot boat
and was able to board thanks to a floating support structure.
"Today we are giving all the sides in the trial the chance
to see the bridge," said Admiral Giuseppe Cavo Dragone, the head
of the court-appointed experts, while stressing the much
information had already been obtained from the ship's black box.

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