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Saturday, January 14, 2012

Costa Concordia. Insurance Job, Or Staged Terror Event?


UPDATE - 24th February 2012. The other financial factor would be share trading. If insiders knew the sinking was coming, they could sell or possibly short the shares. If the news of an already declining cruise market was also held back from shareholders until the sinking, a major market decline could have been successfully engineered at precise timing - a great money-making opportunity.

The indications that this might well have been an operation of the Illuminati (like The Titanic) are listed out here, such as the sinking happened 99 years and 9 months after the Titanic (666 in reverse) off the island of Giglio which possibly means lily, a masonic symbol, and Concordia the name of the first Florentine Masonic Lodge.....

The rocks which the ship hit were clearly marked on the charts.

Clearing the ship's passengers was delayed as with The Titanic for no good reason. The lifeboats were not lowered as with The Titanic until it was far too late, wasting valuable time.

ORIGINAL POST -

....PORTO SANTO STEFANO, Italy (Reuters) - At least three people were killed and rescuers were searching for other victims after an Italian cruise ship carrying more than 4,000 people ran aground and keeled over in shallow waters.

Dozens were injured and around 50 people remained unaccounted for after the 114,500-tonne Costa Concordia hit a sandbar near the island of Giglio off the coast of Tuscany as passengers sat down to dinner on Friday evening.

Passengers spoke of panic and described some people leaping into the sea from the listing ship, which finally came to rest on its side, with decks partly submerged, a few hundred meters from the shore.

Photographs showed a large gash along its side but officials declined to speculate on what had caused the accident in calm seas close to the shore.

They said rescue efforts were continuing after a night-time operation involving helicopters, ships and lifeboats.

"We have about 40 men at work and we're expecting specialist diving teams to arrive to check all the interior spaces of the ship," said fire services spokesman Luca Cari.

"We don't rule out the possibility that more people will be lost," he said.

But there was confusion around passenger lists.

"It's a very complex operation because some of the passengers may have jumped into the sea and not been picked up by rescuers, while others may have been sheltered in private houses and therefore not been identified yet," said Giuseppe Linardi, police chief in the nearby town of Grosseto.

PANIC

"We were sitting down to dinner and we heard this big bang. I think it hit some rocks. There was a lot of panic, the tables overturned, glasses were flying all over the place and we ran for the decks where we put on our lifevests," passenger Maria Parmegiano Alfonsi told Sky Italia television.

Police and passengers quoted on television spoke of people jumping off the 290-metre-long ship, a floating resort hotel with spas, theatres, swimming pools and a discotheque.

"We had a blackout and everybody was just screaming. All the passengers were running up and down and then we went to our cabins to get to know what is going on," said another passenger, who did not give his name.

"They said we should stay calm, it is nothing, it's just some electrical problem or just some blackout thing."

Several passengers criticized the response to the emergency.

"We'll be able to say at the end of the investigation. It would be premature to speculate on this," coastguard spokesman Filippo Marini told SkyTG24 television.

Many of the 3,206 passengers and 1,023 crew were taken to the mainland port of Porto Santo Stefano where they were given shelter in schools, churches and other public buildings.

The website of the ship's operator, Genoa-based Costa Crociere, had apparently collapsed under the volume of searches but the company set up a helpline to answer public enquiries. Costa said it would cooperate fully with authorities.

There was no word on the identities of casualties.

"We are going through the list of passengers at a reception centre that's been set up but most of the passengers didn't have their papers with them of course, so it's been difficult to get full identification," an official said.

TAP - The accident might be just that. But a century ago they said that about The Titanic, didn't they. Governments know but tend to cover up. Insurers pay out. You have to say there is no obvious cause for this event.



MR LOW adds - link to this -

Francesco Schettino is being investigated for manslaughter, causing a shipwreck and abandoning ship, police said, according to Reuters. He was taken to a jail in the provincial capital Grosseto to await questioning by a magistrate.

Experts have questioned how Schettino, the 52-year-old captain with 11 years working for the ship's owner, could hit so close to the island of Giglio given Italy's well mapped sea lanes.

TAP - It really is very odd. And it's getting odder. Me asks -
'Was this another staged terror action?'

Me -
Is this another staged terror attack - this time at sea? Evacuation drill scheduled for the same day //Some passengers claimed that the crew had failed to give instructions on how to evacuate the ship. An evacuation drill was scheduled for Saturday afternoon. Melissa Goduti, 28, an American on board the ship told the Associated Press: "It was so unorganised, our evacuation drill was scheduled for 17:00 (16:00 GMT). We had joked what if something had happened today."

Telegraph

Official indoctrination media, like Skynews, is speculating there was a "bang" before the crash. //Passengers were enjoying their first evening meal when they heard a bang and the captain said over a tannoy that there had been a generator fault. There were reports of a loud scraping and then the boat quickly started to list dramatically to the left.// Sky get a quote from a shipping magazine editor to speculate the bang is the power failure which caused the navigation to go crazy. //"I would say power failure caused by harmonic interference and then it can't propel straight or navigate and it hit rocks," said Mr Latarche.

Sky News

This statement is contradicted by the map on the BBC which appears to show the vessel was heading straight for the island, then steered right to avoid it, then hit the rocks.

TAP - This really is a repeat of The Titanic. They steered the ship into
the iceberg deliberately, and turned the ship so it hit sideways on. It looks like they steered into the island deliberately.

BBC News

The navigation furbar theory doesn't explain - //How it came to deviate from its course by 3-4 nautical miles - and why it capsized so quickly - will be central for investigators trying to establish the cause of the accident.//

BBC


Hang On! The ship is facing the wrong way around to fit the news narrative

ME again - Photos of the Costa Concordia show it lying in the opposite direction of travel to the one the BBC map says it is going. It's going toward Giglio Porto harbour, rather than against it. Why was it doing that? Did it turn around, then hit the rocks, or did it hit the rocks then turn around and hit the rocks again? Something doesn't make sense. Perhaps it was hit by a torpedo 3-4 miles out at sea, and tried to get back to Giglio harbour. We've not heard the last of this one I don't think. - Me.

GUARDIAN - The cruise giant Carnival, which owns Costa Cruises, said the loss of the ship would wipe up to £62m from its profits this year. The ship would be out of service until at the least the end of its financial year, on 30 November. It was too early to calculate the full costs, but the company was insured up to $40m (£26.1m) for the vessel.

Micky Arison, the chairman and chief executive of Carnival, said: "At this time, our priority is the safety of our passengers and crew.

"We are deeply saddened by this tragic event and our hearts go out to everyone affected by the grounding of the Costa Concordia, and especially to the families and loved ones of those who lost their lives. They will remain in our thoughts and prayers."

Shares in Carnival were initially down 21% but rose slightly later. Its stock had already fallen about 30% over the previous year as the weak economic climate hit demand for cruises. Carnival owns 11 brands, including P&O, Cunard and Princess Cruises.

TAP - If I was the insurer, I would be asking questions.

ANON -
Hi Tap, Rahul is the nearest, the ship was on auto pilot.
Dominica the lady on the bridge was the honey trap.
The Captain was very experienced with 11 years at least, he was no fool, just human.
Even my grandson could have piloted the ship in a straight line, but not at night when the GPS signal was being jammed.
That's the trouble with modern technology, thats when the spooks take over.
You can guarantee it never happened by chance.

27 comments:

Anonymous said...

The waters were so shallow. Any reason why they couldn't have run to the top of the ship and tied themselves to railings or sat in the corner of a room on port side?

I'm guessing the lives lost occurred in the panic to escape and from people jumping into the sea.

Anonymous said...

Is this another staged terror attack - this time at sea?


Evacuation drill scheduled for the same day

//Some passengers claimed that the crew had failed to give instructions on how to evacuate the ship. An evacuation drill was scheduled for Saturday afternoon.

Melissa Goduti, 28, an American on board the ship told the Associated Press: "It was so unorganised, our evacuation drill was scheduled for 17:00 (16:00 GMT). We had joked what if something had happened today."//

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/italy/9014743/Cruise-disaster-three-confirmed-dead-and-69-passengers-still-missing.html

Official indoctrination media, like Skynews, is speculating there was a "bang" before the crash.

//Passengers were enjoying their first evening meal when they heard a bang and the captain said over a tannoy that there had been a generator fault.

There were reports of a loud scraping and then the boat quickly started to list dramatically to the left.//

Sky get a quote from a shipping magazine editor to speculate the bang is the power failure which caused the navigation to go crazy.

//"I would say power failure caused by harmonic interference and then it can't propel straight or navigate and it hit rocks," said Mr Latarche.//

http://news.sky.com/home/world-news/article/16149404

This statement is contradicted by the map on the BBC which appears to show the vessel was heading straight for the island, then steered right to avoid it, then hit the rocks.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-16563562

The navigation furbar theory doesn't explain -

//How it came to deviate from its course by 3-4 nautical miles - and why it capsized so quickly - will be central for investigators trying to establish the cause of the accident.//

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-16563732


- Me.

Anonymous said...

Photos of the Costa Concordia show it lying in the opposite direction of travel to the one the BBC map says it is going. It's going toward Giglio Porto harbour, rather than against it.

Why was it doing that? Did it turn around, then hit the rocks, or did it hit the rocks then turn around and hit the rocks again?

Something doesn't make sense.

Perhaps it was hit by a torpedo 3-4 miles out at sea, and tried to get back to Giglio harbour.

We've not heard the last of this one I don't think.

- Me.

Anonymous said...

http://i39.tinypic.com/b8sjd3.png

This photo clearly shows the Costa Concordia facing Giglio Porto harbour. According to the BBC diagram it was travelling in the opposite direction. Why did it turn around? Did the captain hit the rocks after the ship had been crippled in deeper waters or did he ground it in shallow waters, having turned 180 degree opposite to the direction of travel?


- Me.

Anonymous said...

This is a snippet of a BBC chart (link above) which shows it (supposedly) crashed in the opposite direction to which it was going.

http://i44.tinypic.com/x56rt.png

Anonymous said...

http://i39.tinypic.com/b8sjd3.jpg

Here's the Reuters photo of the ship and harbour. Forgot to link to it above.

Anonymous said...

Sorry, no narrative at this stage just questions

When and where was this Photo taken. The ship appears to be listing and near a harbour, and some of its lifeboats are missing.

http://i44.tinypic.com/20pu9w4.png

This harbour with the red light house?
http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?hl=en&ll=42.360455,10.921671&spn=0.002208,0.003449&t=h&z=18&vpsrc=6"

What's it doing there when it capsized over by the rocks?

Why are the survivors on the jetty of the red light house in this video next to the uncapsized ship? 0.43 it looks close to the jetty. In the dark it is hard to tell distances though.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cn2PjEUiXxc

- Me.

Anonymous said...

Interesting detail here
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/italy/9015103/Cruise-disaster-what-could-have-caused-the-accident.html

//Mr Latarche's explanation of events fits in with comments made by Francesco Paolillo, a local coastguard commander, who said the accident occurred shortly after 10.30pm about three hours after the Concordia had begun its voyage from the port of Civitavecchia en route to its first port of call, Savona, in northwestern Italy.

Commander Paolillo said the vessel “hit an obstacle” – it wasn’t clear if it might have hit a rocky reef in the waters off Giglio – “ripping a gash160ft across” in the side of the ship, and started taking on water.//

The gash above the water line is on the port side away from the coast, which suggests unless there is a matching gash on the starboard side, the ship took a glancing blow whilst travelling in a northerly direction (opposite to the way it is facing). Photos show an embedded rock in the gash. Presumably that is not cartoon physics?

//The cruise liner’s captain, Cmdr Paolillo said, then tried to steer his ship toward shallow waters, near Giglio’s small port, to make evacuation by lifeboat easier.

But after the ship started listing badly, lifeboat evacuation was no longer feasible, Cmdr Paolillo said.//

The last two paragraphs, which appear to suggest that the Costa Concordia didn't manage to reach Giglio's small port or drop lifeboats, seems to be contradicted by this picture. There are 3 or 4 lifeboats on the starboard side, of about 13 total.

http://i44.tinypic.com/20pu9w4.png

Apparently after hitting the rocks (on the port side, going north, 3-4 nautical miles off course) the ship turned around 180 to enter Giglio Porto harbour and stayed awhile beside the red lighthouse jetty, dropping peopple off. This is why we have the above photo.

All this time there is a massive rock embedded in the gash - this picture

http://i41.tinypic.com/642m1l.jpg

I'm not trying to make this read silly, but after that the ship somehow went backwards 400 meters and capsized over the rocks.


Also, note from the photo by the jetty

- the ship has lights on. This doesn't fit the narrative that the generators and the back-up generators all blew, causing navigation error which lead to the crash - unless some power was re-established later, or those lights are kept on by a completely different system. the RT youtube video also shows the lights are on.

- according to google distance calculator it's about 450m from the red light house at the end of the jetty in Giglio Porto - where to the ship looks moored - to the rocks where the Costa Concordia apparently capsized. How did it get to the rocks? Did it sail backwards or did tugboats pull it away from this red light house/jetty?

- Me.

Anonymous said...

//A source close to the investigation told a leading Italian newspaper that the boat was on the wrong course — possibly due to human error — and was sailing too close to Giglio.

The ship should have passed to the west of the island, rather than the east, according to this theory.
Yesterday fishermen on Giglio and in Porto Santo Stefano said it was very unusual for such a large ship to attempt a passage to the east of the island.//

The BBC chart that shows the expected passage to the east of the Island is probably inaccurate.

Still doesn't explain why the gash is on the opposite side to the rocks, was apparently returning towards Giglio Porto, or photos of the ship 400m further forward in Giglio Porto dropping passengers off on the jetty etc.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/italy/9015493/Cruise-disaster-Perfect-storm-of-events-caused-Costa-Concordia-crash.html

Anonymous said...

from the same article

//He added: “In any of those ships, even the most sophisticated in the world went into shallow water, the likelihood of it turning on its side is very high.

“The fact that at some stage the ship ripped a 50-metre gash in its side is not going to help events but that in itself is not the reason why the ship keeled over.
“It might sit deeper in the water and it might take on a small list//

The photo of the Costa Concordia beside the red lighthouse in the port of Giglio Porto shows the vessel with a small list. If it is the shallow water that eventually made it keel over, the question is how did it move 400 meters from the port, where it is in that picture, to the rocks?

Another scenario - they hit the rocks going north with a glancing blow. This didn't threatened to sink the ship so they had time to turn and enter the port to drop people off. At this stage the vessel had a small list.

According to the expert this is possible because the ship won't tip over even with a 50 meter hole. The water is evenly distributed within the hull. The problem for tipping comes in the shallow water.

The captain sailed into Giglio Harbour in the belief the water was deep enough to keep the Costa Concordia afloat and that it would be a better place to drop off the passengers in the lifeboats.

That estimation was wrong. They managed to drop some people off but the vessel began to list more severely. In an effort to stop the vessel tipping over the individual in command set sail again for deeper water - this must have meant sailing the ship backwards, so this theory assumes they had power, steering, and the ship can go backwards.

The vessel cannot turn quickly so one might expect they would have to go near the rocks. The water was too shallow though and the ship capsized before they reached deeper water.

- Me.

Anonymous said...

Sorry for spamming your comments section!

Looking again, I'm no longer so sure that photo shows the Costa Concordia is in the port next to the red lighthouse. It's a massive ship, and it's dark and hard to tell distance.

Moving toward the theory the captain, when he retook command, decided to turn the ship around and head back for the port of Giglio Porto to make the evacuation easier. However the water was too shallow and the ship got stuck and then capsized.

This still leaves the question why the vessel struck the rocks (rocks further down the coast to where the ship currently rests) in the first instance.

- Me.

Anonymous said...

I think this happened

http://i41.tinypic.com/2wpm6tu.png

New? (19:07 GMT?) Guardian timeline of events concurs
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/jan/15/italian-cruise-ship-survivor-found?newsfeed=true

//Friday, 7pm local time (GMT+1) The Costa Concordia, carrying more than 4,200 passengers and crew, leaves the Italian port of Civitavecchia, near Rome, bound for Savona during a Mediterranean cruise.

9.45pm Sailing north between the island of Giglio and the mainland, the ship collides with rocks at Le Scole, an outcrop popular with divers. Passengers sitting down to dinner describe a loud bang. Lights go out for five minutes on board, the first of several blackouts. Passengers are told the ship is suffering no more than an electrical failure.

9.50pm The ship starts to list. The captain steers a course for shallow water, lowering anchors as he does so. The vessel moves beyond the entrance to the port of Giglio and starts a turn of 180 degrees.

10.40pm Liner settles on rocks. Panicking passengers who have donned lifejackets, despite reassurances from the crew, are finally told to abandon ship.

11.40pm Captain Francesco Schettino leaves the ship, according to witnesses//


I think terrorism is unlikely... back to wondering why the liner was so far off course and struck the rocks (whilst the captain was off duty).

- Me.

Anonymous said...

//Schettino, who is reportedly being held on suspicion of multiple manslaughter and abandoning ship, told Italian television he was not to blame, claiming nautical charts did not show the rocks that ripped a 50-metre (160ft) gash in the ship's hull. Claims have also been made that the captain was seen saluting a colleague or former colleague on shore.//

That explains it!

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/jan/16/italian-cruise-ship-captain-costa-concordia?newsfeed=true

- Me.

Anonymous said...

I was being sarcastic... the crash occurred at 10.30pm at night, at least 300 meter from shore. Not going to see much from that distance at that time.


//GUARDIAN - The cruise giant Carnival, which owns Costa Cruises, said the loss of the ship would wipe up to £62m from its profits this year. The ship would be out of service until at the least the end of its financial year, on 30 November. It was too early to calculate the full costs, but the company was insured up to $40m (£26.1m) for the vessel.//

So they'll lose £36m in estimated profits. You'd think the insurance company will check whether this is an accurate estimate before handing over the cash. If that is right they'll lose money from the wreck despite the insurance.

Anonymous said...

Hi Tap, Has anybody got Google Earth to have a look, the paid for one not the free one.

Anonymous said...

Interesting question?

http://i43.tinypic.com/347zddh.png

Anonymous said...

Is the captain of the Costa Concordia being set up and given a media smear job?

//Captain: "Captain, I want to get on board the ship but the other life boat has stopped its engine and it is drifting and I called other rescuers."//

//A Coast Guard official on Giglio, the island where the ship hit a rock, said he could not confirm the authenticity of the tape and said the Coast Guard did not give it to the newspaper. There was no comment available from the captain’s lawyer.


A lawyer for Mr Schettino said: "The captain defended his role on the direction of the ship after the collision, which in the captain's opinion saved hundreds if not thousands of lives," Bruno Leporatti said. "The captain specified that he did not abandon ship."//

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/italy/9020679/Costa-Concordia-coast-guard-to-captain-Get-back-on-board-the-ship.html

In an ABC news transcript we get

//Captain: I didn't abandon any ship... because the ship turned on its side quickly and we were catapulted into the water.//

Which could be a lame excuse or outright lie from a playboy captain hired for his social skills who was inept and cowardly in a crisis...

http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/transcript-italian-cruise-captain-ordered-back-boat/story?id=15376951#.TxXIj2_mw41

... however, the early reports said an officer was on command deck when the ship hit the rock and the captain was in the bar.

Aslo, we know that the ship took a glancing blow to the back of the hull. This indicates that whoever was in charge of the ship steered away from the rock - otherwise they'd have hit is head on. That person could not have been Capt. Schettino unless he pre-programmed the route via computer.

Here are three more strange anomalies not reported in the media.

Satellite track (image from BBC) shows the vessel didn't go that close to the island. Some reports claim the Costa Concordia was 150 yards from the shore - if you view the second chart, that appears to be wrong.
http://i40.tinypic.com/1zyy5uw.png

We know from other reports the "Le Scole" reef was hit. Here it is. Extends 300m from the coast. Very deep water right next to it. Presumably the captain took over after this reef was hit(suggested route in yellow), then parked the vessel on the sandbank so that the ship would not entirely sink beneath the waves (saving lives)..

http://i43.tinypic.com/23ldoup.png

Finally, look at this picture then compare the position of the afloat ship to the jetty and the final position of the ship next to the rocks. Is the ship in the middle of the harbour?
http://i44.tinypic.com/20pu9w4.png

Why doesn't the satellite image show the vessel has reversed onto the shallower sandbank? Did this happen or does this photo have a misleading perspective? Why, if true, is this not mentioned in reports? There were 4000 people - where are the mobile phone videos on youtube of the event?

Anonymous said...

Apologies it's off topic - this remains strange event.

Costa Concordia questions

- where is the youtube footage? there appears to be only one amateur video from RT, on the jetty
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mcrBboNWVZ8

- why does a photo of the ship (and the video) show it next to the jetty, 400m from where it eventually capsized. it if reversed backwards to that spot why aren't we told by media?

- we are told the craft was not sailing on autopilot because it was switched off. was the captain actually in the bar as reports first said, and the officer at the command deck? if so why does media keep implying the captain steered too close.

- why were they both initially arrested - was the officer let go, why?

- how did the captain leave the ship. did he fall off - "catapulted" as he claimed - when the ship tilted suddenly or is that a lame excuse he hopes he can get away with because it was dark? did anyone pull him out of the water into a lifeboat?

- is the satellite tracking of the vessel accurate? It shows the Costa Concordia much further out than 300 metres (the distance le Scole reef stretches away from the coast). The captain said they were 400m out. some news reports say they were as close as 150m. Something is in error.

- ships frequently passed closed by the island. this was not an unusual event in that respect.

http://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/0,1518,809580,00.html


//'In the Last Lifeboat'

Beppe Tievoli also confirmed to SPIEGEL ONLINE that it was not uncommon for cruise ships to approach the island at close quarters to greet the inhabitants with their foghorns. "It's a nice tradition, normalissima," he said -- absolutely normal. His son worked for the Costa line for more than 10 years, and had been assigned to the Costa Concordia for the last four months.

Almost every week, whenever the ship passed his home island, Antonello contacted his family to tell them what time it would happen. "When a ship is approaching the coast at 400 meters, there is usually no risk," said Beppe, a former sailor. But to sail so close to the cliffs -- it was extremely dangerous, he said.//

Anonymous said...

//GIGLIO, Italy — The saga of the stricken cruise liner Costa Concordia took further twists Wednesday, with a warning from Italy’s environment minister that it could sink and news that the captain claimed he had slipped on deck and tumbled overboard to wind up in a life boat during the panicky passenger escape — and had not abandoned ship like a coward as accused.//
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/19/world/europe/costa-concordia-italy-cruise-ship-rescue-suspended.html

Anonymous said...

The captain wasn't even on the command deck!

However, seems to be proof here that the vessel wasn't that near the coast!

//The new explanation by the captain, Francesco Schettino, for why he vacated the vessel after he smashed into the rocks last Friday night, came as the Italian press has pilloried him as a negligent coward. But his earlier account of hitting an uncharted obstruction received a credible boost. Lloyd’s List, a leading maritime publication, said on Wednesday the ship had sailed close to the island on a previous occasion in August of last year, when it came within 230 meters of the coast — “slightly closer to the shore than where it subsequently hit rocks on Friday.”//

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/19/world/europe/costa-concordia-italy-cruise-ship-rescue-suspended.html

Tapestry said...

I tend to Giglio when I read things like 'Italian politician says ship could sink.' That's the best way to secure the insurance. That ship will not sink without a bit of assistance.

Then we've got the flying captain, and a host of other likely tales.

This is a P & O ship. The insurers will not make any waves by pointing out anything too embarrassing. It is not possible that there were uncharted rocks. The Med has been charted a hundred times - by all the navies of the world using modern equipment.

Insurance job is still most likely explanation.

Anonymous said...

Perhaps, but I've been following this story. didn't the Telegraph (and others) report the captain was at the bar and someone else was steering the ship at the moment of the collision?

If the captain is lying that he fell off the ship, surely there are witnesses ready to contradict him.

There has been a lot of effort made to scapegoat the captain.


http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/jan/19/costa-concordia-captain-francesco-schettino

//Investigators wanted to know whether the 68-minute period that elapsed during the course of these calls was because Schettino had underplayed or underestimated the gravity of the damage sustained by the liner, or because Costa Cruises, a subsidiary of Miami-based Carnival, had been reluctant to sanction a decision to evacuate that might cost it millions of euros in compensation, the paper said.//

//... evidence of Costa Cruises' enthusiasm for "salutes" can be found on the firm's blog in an entry describing how, in September 2010, the Costa Concordia under Schettino's command passed close to the island of Procida in the bay of Naples.//

Being the captain of a large cruise line is probably a pretty good life, and well paid. Not sure why the captain would want to risk his life and be involved in something as dangerous as a deliberate sinking.


As for the rocks they hit, the Guardian has already reported the rocks were the Le Scole reef. I've linked a map above which shows it.

Tapestry said...

so the reef was marked on the chart....

Rahul said...

Why did the sonar did not detect immediate land under belly. I doubt the Captain was getting BJ from someone in his cabin or doing someone, very normal for captains on such ships to flirt with women on board take them to cabin.

Anonymous said...

Hi Tap, Rahul is the nearest, the ship was on auto pilot.
Domnica the lady on the bridge was the honey trap.
The Captain was very experienced with 11 years at least, he was no fool, just human.
Even my grandson could have piloted the ship in a straight line, but not at night when the GPS signal was being jammed.
That's the trouble with modern technology, thats when the spooks take over.
You can guarantee it never happened by chance.

Anonymous said...

Hi Tap, Latest report, Domnica Cemortan was a crew member, she was last seen boarding a lifeboat, fully clothed, with a suitcase.
The Captains laptop is missing.

Tapestry said...

Concordia - a name with Masonic significance - also the first word of the Rothschild's family motto.