'Schettino solely responsible for wreck' says Costa probe
Shipwreck captain on trial for multiple manslaughter10 March, 17:02
Schettino has been on trial since July on charges of multiple manslaughter, dereliction of duty and damage to the environment. "The company found the response time on board to be inadequate," Foschi told the court.
Also on Monday, former Costa Cruises managing director Giovanni Onorato testified that a 2008 job evaluation found Schettino had insufficient leadership skills, and was severely lacking "in the ability to communicate information to company management".
"I imagine Schettino was urged at the time to be more transparent when communicating with his crew members and with the company," Onorato told the court.
The Costa Concordia ran aground and capsized just meters off the coast with 4,229 people on board, including 3,200 tourists, when Schettino ordered the ship to sail close to the island to perform a risky salute that led to Italy's worst postwar maritime disaster. Schettino's five co-defendants received sentences of less than three years after a plea-bargain. Schettino has refused to plead, proclaiming his innocence.