Costa Concordia- The disaster || Detailed Explanation || Every Day Excited
What`s up!! guys welcome to Every Day Excited. I remember on the evening of January 13, 2012, I saw a news report claiming that a Costa cruise ship had run aground off the coast of Italy. It wasn’t until the following morning when the first pictures began emerging that I saw the full extent of a tragedy that would not only change the cruise industry forever but would become the most infamous ship disaster next to the Titanic.
By 9:40 p.m. the Costa Concordia is moving at 15 knots and is about to make its turn for the island. The captain returns to the bridge along with his mistress. (yeah I’ll talk about that a little later). However, there was a miscommunication between the captain to the officer at the helm, on what the correct turning course should be. Because of the incorrect heading numbers, the turning radius of the ship to sail alongside the island was much wider than it should have been which brought the colossal ships 659 metres closer to the shore than it was supposed to be The Concordia is immediately ordered by the captain to turn 20 degrees to the right.
Seconds later at 9:44 p.m. the port side of the ship collides with underwater rocks creating a 60-metre gash in the hull, breaching several watertight compartments. The Concordia immediately lost power in its generators and full propulsion from its two engines. Panic ensued in the main dining rooms where passengers had been eating. As the ship’s emergency generators kicked in by 9:51, an announcement was made to passengers ensuring the situation had been under control and the technicians were working on fixing the problem. However, moments later the bridge was informed that three compartments had been breached and that water has reached the main electrical panel this was communicated to Costa cruise lines Crisis Center via captain Schettino minutes later by 10:07 p.m. the harbour contacts the Concordia. However, the ship claims that the situation is only a blackout and that they have the situation under control. During this time the deputy chief engineer meets with the officers on the bridge to inform them that the flooding has appeared to reach compartments four, five, six and seven.
At this point, the ship is starting to list as water fills the watertight compartments and the passengers are making their way down to deck four, where the light boats are located themselves. Captain Schettino did make the decision to let the ship drift into shallow water, where at worst case, the vessel would rest on the seabed. However, his pumps failed. The flooding worsened as to the ship’s listing. Even at this time not the captain nor Costa cruise lines contacted anyone for help. However, as the situation below decks worsened and as passengers climbed into light boats themselves, finally at 10:35 p.m. the bridge calls for an abandon ship and the emergency alarm is sounded.
There are currently four thousand two hundred and twenty-nine people aboard the Costa Concordia. By now all passengers and crew are making their way down to deck four and crowding around the light boats as one by one are launched at 11 o’clock p.m. the ship is now listing on its starboard side more than 25 degrees. By this point any hope of the vessel being saved was gone and as light boats continue to launch. The list continued to worsen by now the majority of the bridge officers had their positions including captain Schettino and by 11:30 the Costa Concordia is bridge had been abandoned. As the water reached deck four, the sinking of the ship accelerated. As listing got to the point where light boats being launched from the port side was impossible.
80 people remained on the ship ascending down the side of the hull by a rope ladder where rescue boats by the Coast Guard were waiting. Captain Schettino, however, had already returned to the shore where the Coast Guard began demanding him to return to the vessel. He never did. Below is a translated(to English) conversation between the coast guard(De Falco) and Captain Schettino.
The Coast Guard continued to rescue people still clinging to the side of the ship as most residents living on the island of Giglio welcomed the stranded passengers into their homes. Because of the way, the Costa Concordia drifted on to shore the vessel rested on the shoreline rocks at around an 80-degree angle with its starboard side completely submerged By 6:17 a.m. rescue operations concluded and the Rising Sun revealed the true extent of the disaster since. The vessel partially capsized on its starboard side, the gaping hole on the port side showed just how severe the impact was. Daylight also revealed that three of the ships port side lifeboats were never able to be launched which is why so many people were left aboard the ship. As a result of the capsizing thirty-two people have been killed 27 of whom had been passengers and five being crew members. Almost all of which had been trapped below as water rushed into the ship.
Truly I can’t even begin to imagine the horror it would have been like bodies were recovered mostly on the lower decks indicating people were trapped inside the vessel as a capsized in the atrium elevators four bodies had been discovered trapped inside as well as another nine bodies trapped in two other elevators. Soon after the wreck carnival and their insurance company had deemed the vessel a total loss as damages had exceeded 500 million dollars. Oil and fuel had been extracted salvage crews began working on removing the wreck. However, removing a 114 thousand ton half-submerged cruise ship proved to be a pretty daunting task.
The plan was to place a steel structure under the Concordia and turn it upright. massive buoyancy tanks were welded to the ship’s port side and on September 16th 2013, the Costa Concordia was turned upright, resting on the underwater platform. Turning the vessel upright showed just how unbelievably heavy the ship was as arrested on its side completely crushing sections of
the ship’s steel balconies. up writing the vessel also allowed pictures to be taken inside showcasing the true extent of the damage. it’s so surreal to see a modern cruise ship have its interior slowly decay from being abandoned and untouched. buoyancy tanks were fitted to the ship’s other side the starboard side and the Concordia was slowly lifted off its platform now freely floating and on July 14th the vessel was towed on its final voyage to the Italian port of Genoa where the ship was completely gutted. scrapping began by cutting sections of the ship apart and by July of 2017 the Costa Concordia had been completely dismantled and sold for scrap metal. the total cost of the salvage operation was 1.2 billion dollars.
Following the disaster, the search to find who was responsible concluded with six arrests and prosecutions. several of the Concordia’s first officers were given jail sentences most mean under two years. Costa cruise lines crisis director who captain Schettino had been contacting during the events had been given the longest sentence of the five with two years and 10 months. As for captain Francesco Schettino himself well his story was well sketchy, to say the least, he claimed that during the ordeal he had been coordinating the rescue when he had slipped and stumbled into a lifeboat due to the listing of the ship. A video later emerged of what appeared to be captain Schettino calmly standing at the railing on deck waiting to board a lifeboat, though he claimed that this was not him.
It was also later revealed that he had been having an affair with a woman that he brought aboard the Concordia with no tickets. She by the way like I said earlier, was taken to the bridge of the vessel when all of this happened. However, he assured that she did not affect the disaster. He also claimed that he should not be responsible for the deaths of the 32 people aboard, as they were not killed as a result of the initial impact and instead by the sinking. The only good thing captain Schettino did was make the decision to deliberately ground the ship so it wouldn’t fully sink. If the Concordia sank about 700 feet where it eventually did the entire vessel would have likely went under and it’s possible that many more people would have been killed. Schettino was charged for manslaughter, causing shipwreck and abandoning passengers. He was given a 16-year jail sentence which he is currently serving.
The Carnival Corporation certainly felt the financial impact of the disaster. In their 2012 annual report, they claimed that as a direct result of the Costa Concordia incidents, the company had lost 410 million dollars in declined revenue. Though 2012 was not a great year for Carnival at all with the addition of the Carnival Triumph power failure in the same year. Carnival offered each of the Concordia survivors $13,000 which included the refund of their cruise, great!!!! Honestly, I just think the whole situation is truly unbelievable.
I don’t really like Carnival at all, and I think I have a fair reason too, the company Gannet subsidiaries have done so many shady things and the safety features that had implemented on the Concordia well sucked. The fact that a modern cruise ship owned by the largest cruise line in the world could have something like this happened is unfathomable. The Costa Concordia was only five years old. It cost 570 million dollars which was all put to waste just a few years later. The disaster in its entirety ended up costing around two billion dollars. Costa has now been building new ships once again and in carnival’s defence they did change CEOs and they have been focusing a lot more on building back their safety reputation, which to be fair I can appreciate. It really is hard to believe though that 100 years after the Titanic sank, off the coast of a small Italian island human error once again brought down what we thought was an unsinkable vessel, the Costa Concordia.