Costa Concordia

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Costa Concordia
Costa Concordia in Mallorca (28 September 2011)
NameCosta Concordia
OwnerCosta Crociere
OperatorCosta Crociere
Port of registryGenoa, Italy
RouteWestern Mediterranean
Ordered19 January 2004
BuilderFincantieri Sestri Ponente, Italy
Cost450 million (£372 million, US$570 million)
Yard number6122
Launched2 September 2005 (2005-09-02)
Christened7 July 2006[1]
Acquired29 June 2006
Maiden voyage14 July 2006
In serviceJuly 2006
Out of service13 January 2012
FateCapsized and sank in 2012 off Isola del Giglio, Tuscany. Salvaged in 2015 and subsequently scrapped.
StatusScrapped in Genoa, Italy
General characteristics [2]
Class and typeConcordia-class cruise ship
Tonnage114,147 GT
Beam35.50 m (116 ft 6 in)
Draught8.20 m (26 ft 11 in)
Depth14.18 m (46 ft 6 in)
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)
Capacity3780 passengers

MS Costa Concordia is a cruise ship. Costa Cruises, a subsidiary of British-American Carnival Corporation & Plc, owns and operates 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. There are sister ships built for Carnival Cruise Lines. Costa Concordia entered service in July 2006. It was one of the largest ships to be built in Italy, at GT 114,500. The later was Carnival Dream class weighed 130,000 GRT, and was 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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