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Giglio, Tuscany pursue damages from Costa for loss of tourism

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A 'reclining monster,' in the words of Tuscany's governor
The Tuscany region and the island of Giglio are seeking damages for the loss of tourism caused by the Costa Concordia shipwreck, according to news reports from Italy.

Officials are seeking a total of €220m from Costa Crociere, Reuters reported. The news service said Tuscany governor Enrico Rossi told a court in Grosseto the region is asking for €30m, while Giglio wants €190m.

Tuscany is a civil plaintiff in the trial of Costa Concordia Capt. Franceso Schettino in Grosseto.

Rossi testified about the detriment the 'reclining monster' had on the image of Giglio as a vacation destination, Italy's ANSA news service said.

Costa Concordia grounded off Giglio in January 2012, with the loss of 32 lives on board. It remained there for more than two years while experts planned and carried out what has been called the most costly salvage project in history. The wreck was uprighted, refloated and, in July, towed to Genoa's Prà-Voltri port for breaking.

Carnival Corp. & plc ceo Arnold Donald said he was not aware of the claims against the company's Costa unit during a media call on Monday afternoon.