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Prosecutors seek charges against Costa Concordia crew

An Italian judge began hearing a request on Monday to send the former captain of the Costa Concordia and five other ship’s officers to trial over the accident that sank the liner with the loss of 32 lives in January 2012. Prosecutors are seeking to have the 52-year-old captain, Francesco Schettino, tried on charges that…more

Both captains charged after Hong Kong crash

A high-profile, high-fatality marine accident in Hong Kong yielded a dramatic decision: The captains of both vessels are charged with manslaughter. Hong Kong police charged the men Thursday in connection with a ferry collision last year that killed 39 people in the city’s worst maritime disaster in decades. A commuter ferry and a company boat…more

Costa Concordia owner agrees to pay $1.3 million penalty

Costa Cruises, the unit of Carnival Corp. that owned and operated the capsized cruise liner Costa Concordia, accepted a 1 million euro ($1.31 million) fine to settle potential criminal charges in connection with last year’s deadly accident off the coast of Italy. “This is a balanced decision,” Costa Cruises lawyer Marco De Luca said after…more

Sailrace accident kills one in California

The sailing community is mourning the third fatal sailracing accident in less than a year after a Columbia Carbon 32 named Uncontrollable Urge, apparently adrift with a failed rudder, broke apart last Friday in 8-foot surf on the rocky coast of California’s San Clemente Island. After failing to secure an anchor, the six crewmembers abandoned…more

Marine-related robberies crop up across U.S.

A spate of marine robberies around the country indicates that although the economy is slowly improving, it might not be rebounding quickly enough for some. From copper wiring and aluminum boat docks sold for scrap, to yellow pine for repairing boats, to boats themselves, several robberies occurred in January, according to news reports. In Yorktown,…more

Costa Concordia captain fights firing in court

A court is deciding whether to indict a cruise ship captain on a manslaughter charge after an accident left 32 dead — during which the captain allegedly steered the ship off course to perform a “stunt” and was flirting with women in the moments leading up to the crash. Meanwhile, Francesco Schettino, the captain of…more

Commercial tug crew rescues Florida man

The crew aboard Crowley Maritime Corp.’s articulated tug-barge Achievement/650-8 recently rescued an injured man who was struggling to stay afloat near the base of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge in Florida’s Tampa Bay, according to the company. As the 587-foot tug-barge transited the bay, the on-watch crew noticed a man bobbing in the water on the…more

Clearing of Costa Concordia wreck goes slowly

One year after the luxury liner Costa Concordia ran aground off Italy’s Tuscan coast, taking 32 lives, its wreck, a mountain of metal enclosed by floating salvage platforms, is creating an incongruous industrial landscape amid the pristine waters of a marine sanctuary. On Saturday, salvage companies said at a press conference that the ship could…more

Costa Concordia survivors mark one-year anniversary

Survivors of the Costa Concordia cruise ship disaster and relatives of the 32 people who died returned to the Italian island of Giglio on Sunday to mark one year since the luxury cruise liner capsized. The solemn ceremony included throwing flowers into the sea, the placement of a memorial plaque and a vessel horn sounding…more

Wreckage of rescue aircraft found in ice after 70 years

What is believed to be the wreckage of the World War II-era Coast Guard J2F-4 amphibious Grumman Duck rescue aircraft, missing for 70 years with three men aboard, was recently located beneath ice near Koge Bay, Greenland. The Defense Department’s Joint POW/MIA Personnel Accounting Command said a comprehensive search by an expedition team of Coast…more

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