Italy fines cruise line for Concordia sinking
A judge in Tuscany has fined Italian cruise line Costa Crociere ¤1m in administrative sanctions for last year’s wreckage of the Concordia cruise ship that killed 32 people. Costa had asked for a plea bargain agreement to respond to the sanctions, which are foreseen for companies when employees commit crimes. On Tuesday, Judge Valeria Montesarchio of the Grosseto tribunal accepted the plea. Costa, a division of Carnival, has sought to blame the disaster entirely on Capt Francesco Schettino, who rammed the Concordia into a reef off the Tuscan island of Giglio on January 13 last year, causing it to take on water and capsize.