One year on from the Jan. 13 capsize off Giglio, the cost of Costa Concordia’s salvage has ballooned to $400m, eight people may face criminal charges, and compensation for most passengers and crew has been settled. A smaller number are pursuing legal action.

Sunday will be a day of remembrance in Giglio for the 32 people who died when Costa Concordia hit the rocks one year earlier, on Jan. 13.

After the hearing, the spin. Much as after any US presidential debate, the pre-trial hearing into the Costa Concordia disaster that ended in the Tuscan city of Grosseto on Friday was followed by a rush of statements designed to decode the events of the preceding days for a rapt public and, not incidentally, press the case of the leading protagonists.

Experts testifying at a pre-trial hearing into the Costa Concordia disaster have strongly rebutted claims by the ship’s captain, Francesco Schettino, that absent his decisive action in running the vessel aground off the island of Giglio many more would have died.

A major pre-trial hearing in the Costa Concordia case will get under way in Grosseto Monday, focussing particularly on the contents of the giant cruise ship’s black box, which is expected to prove critical in reconstructing the causes and effects of ihe grounding on the rocks off Giglio on the night of January 13.

Daniel Klistorner, an expert on Titanic’s passenger accommodation, has joined design consultant Steve Hall on the Titanic II project.

Capt. Francesco Schettino, who faces multiple criminal charges in connection with Costa Concordia’s deadly capsize, is suing Costa Crociere for wrongful dismissal, Reuters reports from Rome.

Titanic historian Steve Hall has been appointed design consultant to the Titanic II project being undertaken by Australian mining magnate Clive Palmer.

A busy winter with plenty of passenger ships was followed by a spring when special ships dominated the scene. The half-year report of Lloyd Werft Bremerhaven mirrors the current climate in German shipbuilding.

His is a name that has entered into the lexicon of everyday Italian life as a synonym for incompetence at best, cowardice at worst, but Tuesday Francesco Schettino, latterly captain of Costa Concordia, sought to explain and justify his actions in an interview with Italy’s Canale 5 just days after his release from house arrest.

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