mercoledì 19 novembre 2014

Giglio and Tuscany region seek €220m in Costa Concordia damages

Officials say rebuilding reputation of island and region after 2012 cruise liner disaster will require substantial investment
Reuters in Florence
Costa Concordia on its side after running aground off the Tuscan island of Giglio.
Costa Concordia on its side after running aground off the Tuscan island of Giglio. Photograph: Gregorio Borgia/AP
Officials for Italy’s Tuscany region and the island of Giglio have said they will seek €220m (£175m) in damages from Costa Cruises, a unit of Carnival Corp, for the 2012 Concordia cruise liner disaster.
The Costa Concordia was carrying more than 4,000 passengers and crew when it struck rocks off the Tuscan island of Giglio and capsized, killing 32 people.
The ship remained partially submerged near the port of the holiday island for more than two years before being raised and towed away this year in one of the largest and most complex maritime salvages ever completed.
“We will ask Costa for €30min damages to Tuscany’s image,” the region’s president, Enrico Rossi, told a court in the Tuscan city of Grosseto, according to a statement on Monday.
Rossi said the region had registered a decline in tourism, and that Giglio had lost 45,000 visitors due to the disaster.
A consultant to Giglio’s local government, Carlo Scarpa, asked the same court for €190m in damages, most of it for tarnishing the island’s image.
The two officials spoke during an ongoing trial against Concordia’s captain, Francesco Schettino, who is being tried for multiple charges, including manslaughter, causing a shipwreck and abandoning ship.
“To reconstruct the image of Tuscany as a top tourist destination will require years of work, substantial investments and costly national and international advertising campaigns,” Rossi said.

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