Costa Concordia: Fuel extraction begins as death toll climbs to 16.

Costa Concordia: Fuel extraction begins as death toll climbs to 16.

Genoa : Italy | Jan 24, 2012 at 5:40 AM PST
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Technicians are preparing to extract 2,400 tons of fuel oil in Costa Concordia. The Costa Cruises Company is now being investigated for violating safety rules. Recently a body of an old woman was found and the death toll amounted to 16.

Shortly after six o'clock on Tuesday has begun preparations to remove the thousands of gallons of fuel stored in the warehouses of the cruise ship Costa Concordia, an injured Jan. 13 after running aground off the island Tuscan Giglio.

A raft will serve as the basis for the operations to pump nearly 2,400 tons of fuel tanks that hold the ship. He has already left the harbor and was located next to the Concorde. It was expected to go prolonged until Wednesday preliminary work. After the Dutch company Smit, who will work jointly with the Italian Neri, will begin extraction of fuel. For the head of the Italian Civil Protection, Franco Gabrielli, pumping will not start before Saturday.

To do with the pump, are heated before the tanks where fuel is then stored. This would be done with hot air to the liquid is more fluid. While gasoline is extracted, will be introduced water into the tanks. It is estimated that these operations will last 28 days.

This work does not prevent the search for missing 23 still officially recorded. After finding two bodies yesterday, the number of fatalities has left the accident is 15, but there are six that have not been identified.

Meanwhile, the situation of the Costa Concordia company's, Costa Crociere, becomes complicated gradually. The judges, who investigated the accident responsibility, have listened carefully to Beniamino Deidda Attorney General of Tuscany. "The judiciary tries to find the causal links of the incidents. For now, public attention has focused on the commander, who has been completely inadequate. But who chooses what, Captain? “Deidda wondered.

The prosecutor stated in a cast that all safety rules are broken these days. "The lifeboats did not work", said Deidda, "staff does not know what to do, little preparation to manage the emergency, such as incorrect orders absurdity of asking the passengers to return to their cabins."

In short, "confusion given reveals incredible negligence in the implementation of safety standards." "Security” in the opinion of the Prosecutor "which must be organized first, with exercises and simulations, and carried out later." Not all deficiencies in security can be awarded to the conduct of the Commander. "This research cannot exclude any front"

On the other hand, divers on Tuesday found the body of an elderly woman on the bridge 3. They got excess after opening a path through explosives.

Source: News24.

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Just ten days ago, the Costa Concordia was a luxury liner cruising the Mediterranean coast. Now it poses a huge threat to a stretch of pristine coastline in Tuscany, as fears grow that the stricken ship could leak heavy fuel from its tanks.
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