Costa Concordia

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Costa Concordia
Costa Concordia in Palma, Majorca, Spain (cropped).JPG
Costa Concordia in Mallorca (28 September 2011)
Name: Costa Concordia
Owner: Costa Crociere
Operator: Costa Crociere
Port of registry: Genoa, Italy
Route: Western Mediterranean
Ordered: 19 January 2004
Builder: Fincantieri Sestri Ponente, Italy
Cost: 450 million (£372 million, US$570 million)
Yard number: 6122
Launched: 2 September 2005 (2005-09-02)
Christened: 7 July 2006[1]
Acquired: 29 June 2006
Maiden voyage: 14 July 2006
In service: July 2006
Out of service: 13 January 2012
Fate: Capsized and sank in 2012 off Isola del Giglio, Tuscany. Salvaged in 2015 and subsequently scrapped.
Status: Scrapped in Genoa, Italy
General characteristics [2]
Class and type: Concordia-class cruise ship
Tonnage: 114,147 GT
Beam: 35.50 m (116 ft 6 in)
Draught: 8.20 m (26 ft 11 in)
Depth: 14.18 m (46 ft 6 in)
Decks: 13
Installed power:
  • 6 × Wärtsilä 12V46C
  • 76,640 kW (102,780 hp) (combined)
  • 19.6 knots (36 km/h; 23 mph) (service)
  • 23 knots (43 km/h; 26 mph) (maximum)
Capacity: 3780 passengers
Crew: 1100

MS Costa Concordia is a Concordia-class cruise ship. Costa Cruises, a subsidiary of British-American Carnival Corporation & Plc, owns and operates the ship.

Fincantieri's Sestri Ponente yards in Italy built the ship. The name Concordia was meant to express the wish for "continuing harmony, unity, and peace between European nations."[3]

She is the first vessel of the Concordia ship class, with sisters Costa Serena, Costa Pacifica, Costa Favolosa, Costa Fascinosa and Carnival Splendor built for Carnival Cruise Lines. Costa Concordia entered service in July 2006 and was one of the largest ships to be built in Italy, at 114,500 GT. The later Carnival Dream class weighed 130,000 GRT, and are also built in Fincantieri.

On 22 November 2008, Costa Concordia suffered damage to her bow when high winds over the Sicilian city of Palermo pushed the ship against its dock. There were no injuries and repairs started soon after.[4][5]

On 13 January 2012, the Costa Concordia ran aground and partially sank on the western coast of Italy just off the shore of Isola del Giglio. Of the 4,200 passengers and crew, at least eleven people were killed, including ten passengers and one crew member and 23 still missing.[6] The situation is still ongoing.[7][8] People were angry with the ship's captain because he left the ship. He was supposed to stay on the ship and help the other passengers get off safely. The captain's "error" took the ship off of its programmed route.[9]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Eva Herzigova to be the Godmother of Costa Concordia". 21 June 2006. Archived from the original on 17 January 2012. Retrieved 20 January 2012.
  2. "Costa Concordia (9320544)". Leonardo Info. Registro Italiano Navale. Retrieved 16 October 2012.
  3. "Malta on new liner's itinerary". The Times of Malta. 19 September 2005. Archived from the original on 15 January 2012. Retrieved 15 January 2012.
  4. "3 bodies recovered, many people missing after luxury boat runs aground in Italy". The New York Post. Associated Press. 14 January 2012. Retrieved 16 January 2012.
  5. "Cruise liner damaged after leaving Malta". The Times of Malta. 23 November 2008. Retrieved 12 January 2012.
  6. "Costa Concordia Itinerary". ToBeATravelAgent. 19 January 2012. Archived from the original on 24 January 2012. Retrieved 19 January 2012.
  7. "Costa Concordia: Captain Arrested, 41 Missing After Italy Cruise Ship Disaster" (IBT)
  8. "Italy probes sinking of cruise ship Costa Concordia". BBC News. 14 January 2012. Archived from the original on 15 January 2012. Retrieved 15 January 2012.
  9. "Officials cites captain's 'error'". Washington Post. January 17, 2012. p. A8.

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