Carnival Corp. & plc said it will meet its goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from shipboard operations by 20%. The company has cut emissions by more than 19% since 2005 and is likely to exceed its 20% goal by 2015, according to Jim Van Langen, vp management systems for Carnival Corp.

Update adds details on the schedule, the process for selecting the dismantling plan and location, speculation on the potential candidates, and costs.

The Costa Concordia wreck is scheduled to be refloated and towed from Giglio by the end of June to a destination still to be determined for breaking, officials said during a media briefing Friday in Rome.

Costa Concordia’s refloating is now scheduled for completion in March or April, not January, as previously anticipated.

In discussing the revised timeline, Costa Crociere said the companies engaged in the salvage operation believe the new schedule is a realistic estimate for maintaining a high level of safety and environmental protection at the wreck site, off Giglio.

It’s official: US salvager Titan and Italy’s Micoperi have been awarded the contract to remove the Costa Concordia wreck, an operation expected to begin in early May and take about 12 months.

The ship will be floated in one piece then towed to an Italian port.

Costa Crociere announced the Costa Concordia wreck will be emptied of fuel by Friday night. The operation, conducted by a salvage team put together by SMIT Salvage and Tito Neri, began on Feb. 2, stopping only when sea and weather conditions inhibited safety.

The Costa Concordia disaster continues to create waves for the European cruise industry, with details of new restrictions on navigation through Venice emerging today at a meeting of the local port authority.

As local Coast Guard commandant Adm. Tiberio Piattelli pointed out, the new ordinance stems from the so called ‘No Salute’ decree issued by the Italian government earlier this month.

European shipyards face ‘lasting uncertainty about financing’ and ‘a severe lack of work’ with cruise deliveries dropping to six to eight a year compared to a dozen per year earlier, or ‘a smaller cake to be divided among an increased number of hungry yards,’ Fincantieri chairman Corrado Antonini told a Cruise Shipping Miami session.

Not surprisingly Costa Concordia dominated Cruise Shipping Miami’s State of the Industry panel but the discussion—about safety, environmental practices and corporate citizenship—seemed targeted at a more general audience than those in the room.

Cruise lines were clearly eager to present a responsible and capable united front to the public and regulators at this time, more than ever before.

A total of 952 cubic meters of fuel had been removed from Costa Concordia’s tanks as of Friday morning in an operation that has gone around the clock since starting late afternoon Sunday.

Costa Crociere said the fuel had been pumped from four tanks located in the forward part of the ship. A total of 1,428 cubic meters of fuel is still to be removed from 13 tanks, including 576 cubic meters in the forward part of the ship.

‘2015: Challenges and Opportunities’ was the theme for the Passenger Shipping Association Members’ conference and networking day held Friday in London.

Welcoming attendees, who comprised representatives from the PSA’s 45 cruise and ferry brands and 86 associates, PSA chairman Peter Shanks spoke of the tragic events surrounding Costa Concordia as bringing ‘a new sense of crisis and alarm to the industry’ at a time ‘when we are facing a harsh economy’.

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