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Experts to board wrecked Concordia on Jan 23

New inspection warranted after September parbuckling

09 January, 16:04
Experts to board wrecked Concordia on Jan 23

(ANSA) - Grosseto, January 9 - Experts tasked with making a new examination of the deadly Costa Concordia wreck will board the uprighted vessel on January 23, weather permitting, judges decided on Thursday.

Their findings will support the trial of former captain Francesco Schettino, who faces charges of multiple manslaughter and dereliction of duty in connection with the Concordia's January 2012 shipwrecking off the Tuscan island of Giglio that led to the death of 32 people and the injury of hundreds more. The technical experts, representing the prosecution, defence and plaintiffs in the associated civil action, are to inspect the bridge and elevators during their visit, the first to be made to the wrecked cruise liner since the successful outcome of a parbuckling operation in September.

They will return to inspect the emergency generator at a later date, probably on February 27. The consumer group Codacons and Schettino's defence had petitioned for the new survey.

The magistrates ruled that new evidence collection was warranted because significant areas of the ship have been made accessible by the operation that turned the lurching, semi-submerged wreck upright.