Tag Archives: Italy

Italy Bans Largest Cruise Ships from Venice

We posted in June 2012 about protests over the docking of large cruise ships in Venice, Italy.  The arrival of the MSC Davina at 139,400 GT, almost 1,100 feet long, about 125 feet wide and carries up to 5,329 passengers and crew, … Continue reading

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Final Voyage of the Costa Concordia

The Costa Concordia has begun her final voyage from the Tuscan island of Giglio to the scrapyard in Genoa, Italy, the port city where the ill-fated cruise ship was built.  The ship sank and partially capsized in January 2012 after striking … Continue reading

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Smoke on the Water – Crew Sets 30 Tons of Hashish on Fire on Cargo Ship Gold Star

As reported by NPR: A fire aboard a cargo ship in the Mediterranean Sea was set in order to get rid of 30 tons of hashish, according to officials in Italy and Malta. Authorities had approached the Gold Star, a … Continue reading

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Container/Ro-Ro Ship Jolly Nero Topples Genoa Port Tower, At Least 7 Dead

The container/ro-ro ship Jolly Nero  slammed into the port control tower in Genoa, Italy on Tuesday night around 11PM, destroying the 165 ft-tall cement tower and killing at least seven.  Four people were reported to be injured  and at least two are still missing.  … Continue reading

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Video of Proposed Costa Concordia Salvage

Last Friday we posted about a presentation made by the Titan-Micoperi consortium detailing their plans to salvage the Costa Concordia from the where she sank on January 13th off the island of Giglio, Italy.  The plan is to build an underwater platform onto which the ship … Continue reading

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Update: Costa Concordia – Three Survivors Found Aboard, Missing Down to 17, Captain Detained

A Korean couple on their honeymoon, who had been trapped below decks on the cruise ship Costa Concordia for over 24 hours after the ship ran aground and sank in shallow water near the island of Giglio, off Italy’s Tuscan coast, were rescued yesterday.  A third … Continue reading

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Thousands Evacuated as Cruise Ship Costa Concordia Strikes Reef Off Italy – At Least Three Dead

Just two hours after leaving port in Civitavecchia, the cruise ship Costa Concordia hit a reef near the island of Giglio, off Italy’s Tuscan coast, reportedly ripping a 165-foot gash in its hull.  The ship began flooding and rolled on its … Continue reading

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A Roman Shipwreck with a Fish Tank ?

Archeologists cannot say for sure what the lead pipe which penetrates the hull of a nearly 2,000 years old wreck of a Roman ship off the town of Grado in Italy was used for.   Some think that it was a supply … Continue reading

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Over 500 Libyan Refugees Rescued off Italy near Lampedusa Island

In April we posted about the sinking of an overloaded fishing boat carrying Libyan refugees where over 200 drowned.   Today it was reported that another overloaded refugee boat in the roughly the same area sank with over 500 people aboard. Fortunately, the Italian … Continue reading

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Escaping from Libya, Overloaded Boat Sinks, 250 Passengers Missing

A boat overloaded with migrants sailing from Libya capsized south south of the island of Lampedusa , off Sicily, early today.   Fifteen are confirmed dead and between 130 and 250 are believed to be missing. Migrant boat sinks off Italy, up to 250 … Continue reading

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