Costa Cruises accepts $1.31 million fine

But further fines from passengers or crew still possible

Costa Cruises has accepted a fine of $1.31 million to settle possible criminal charges over last year’s capsizing of the Costa Concordia cruise liner. The accident off the coast of Italy killed 32 people in January 2012. The fine against Costa Cruises, which is a unit of Carnival Corp., is close to the maximum allowed by law.
However, private lawsuits brought by passengers or crew are still possible.
Meanwhile, a criminal trial is due to begin against individual officers charged. For example, Captain Francesco Schettino is accused of manslaughter, causing a shipwreck and abandoning the ship. He faces up to 20 years in jail.
Chicago Tribune
[pictured: The capsized Costa Concordia; photo by Roberto Vongher]


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