Costa Cruises could face more legal action over Costa Concordia accident

Genoa-based consumer rights association Codacons has won a civil lawsuit against Costa Cruises. It gained an award totalling $105,000 for Ernesto Carusotti, one of the passengers on board the Costa Concordia when it crashed into reefs off the coast of Italy in January 2012 and then capsized onto its side.

The Court of Genoa ordered the cruise line to pay Carusotti $87,000 in pecuniary and non-pecuniary damage. Costa was also ordered to pay about $18,000 in legal fees.

Codacons said that it was open to the possibility of initiating more legal action against Costa Cruises. It called on former passengers of Costa Concordia who would like to sue to contact the association.

The accident resulted in the deaths of 32 people, but the evacuation of crew and passengers was far from smooth. Costa Cruises agreed to pay a $1.31m fine. It said that the ship’s captain, Francesco Schettino, had deliberately navigated too close to shore. Schettino was convicted of multiple counts of manslaughter and sentenced to 16 years in jail. Investigators severely criticized his handling of the disaster, accusing him of delaying the evacuation and abandoning ship himself before all 4,000 passengers and crew had been rescued.

The removal of the Costa Concordia, which could not be dismantled in place was the most expensive wreck removal ever, with a final cost of some $1.2bn.