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Costa Concordia

Cruise Line: Costa Cruises »

NOTABLE EVENT: capsized vessel

This ship capsized and sank off the coast of Italy on Jan. 13, 2012. It is no longer in service.

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Federal health inspectors from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention inspect cruise ships twice a year, checking everything from kitchen equipment to dishwasher temperatures, and grade ships based on what they find. A score below 86 is considered failing. Cruise ships are also required to report all illness outbreaks affecting more than 3% of passengers or crew to the CDC. Inspections and outbreaks from 2010 to the present are shown below.

Health Scores & Inspections

None Reported

Illness Outbreaks

None Reported

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Serious crimes and injuries on cruise ships that make port in the U.S. are required to be reported to the Coast Guard. Smaller-scale crimes and thefts are reported to local police authorities (if reported at all). Incidents and inspections from 2010 to the present are shown below.

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Coast Guard Inspections

None Reported

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Jan 13, 2012

Stranding / grounding

On 13th January 2012 the Italian passenger ship Costa Concordia departed Civitavecchia en route to Savona, Italy, where it was scheduled to arrive the following morning. A few hours and 40 miles later, the ship struck a rock formation about 450 feet from the coast of Giglio in Tuscany. It began taking on water at about 9:45 p.m local time. The rocks left a 165-foot gash on the port side of Concordia's hull; after the impact, the ship listed at 20 degrees before partially sinking on Saturday morning. Some passengers jumped into the water and swam to safety, but there were delays in getting others into life boats, especially as the vessel had by then rolled over onto her side and many of the lifeboats were inaccessible. Thirty two lives were lost. Some reports indicated that the ship had also suffered a major electrical fault.There are 2500 tonnes of oil on board, and booms have been placed around the vessel to contain any leaks, but worsening weather conditions and the shifting of the vessel will render these measures les effective. Offloading the fuel cannot be initiated until all rescue operations have been completed.

Source: International Maritime Organization

Illustrations: Josh Cochran, special to ProPublica. Data: Coast Guard Port State Information eXchange, Coast Guard Incident Investigative Reports, Coast Guard Marine Casualties & Pollution Data, IMO GISIS Marine Casualties, CDC Inspections & Deficiencies, CDC Outbreaks, CruisePage Man Overboard List, Local crime reports gathered by reporters Lynn Walsh & Dan Krauth, other local crime reports. Photos: VesselFinder. Icons: Jessica Lock, Juan Pablo Bravo,Hans Gerhard Meier.

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