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The final moments of the Costa Concordia

WHAT REALLY HAPPENED Time: 9:44, Speed: 16 kts LE SCOLA POINT The Costa Concordia increased speed as it approached Le Scola point. It was travelling at 16 knots when it was about 300 metres from the reef. The impact spot is in about eight metres of water, and is just 10 metres away from a large rock outcrop jutting out of the sea, some 30 metres from the shore of Isola de Giglio. Costa Concordia Captain Francesco Schettino gave the order to abandon his cruise liner one hour and 14 minutes after first hitting rocks. During that time, the captain fought a losing battle to bring the stricken $590-million vessel safely into port. Time 9:45, Speed: 8 kts The Concordia turned hard left to lessen the damage being done to the port side. This is likely when the ship lost power and switched to backup. At 9:44 p.m. The ship hit the Le Scole reef and tore a 50-metre long hole in the hull on the port side - and took a big chunk of the reef along for the ride as well. With no power, the captain's next turn to starboard did little to change direction. Time: 9:48 Speed: 5 kts GIGLIO PORTO The Concordia turned right, back out toward open water, In order to slow it down normally, the ship would reverse engines, but with no power at this point, the captain applied the hard right rudder. 000 The captain steered hard to port to try to minimize the damage he had caused. The ship now had no power other than back-up generators t is possible that the turn forced a great deal of water inside the 50-metre gash in the hull. lommcomco ISOLA DI GIGLIO "I was navigating by aight because I knew the depths well and I had done this manoeuvre three or four times... but this time I ordered the turn too late and I ended up in water that was too shallow. I don't know why it happened .../ was a victim of my instincts." "The huge question in my mind is why this half-wit of a captain permitted a deviation of the course so close to a reef... You can scour the world and you won't be able to find another captain that says, Hey, you knou, it's a great idea to go a little closer to that reef... Speed okts Time: 10:50, Speed: 0.5 kt The back of the Concordia finally struck the reef at Gabbianara point, swinging the front of the ship to the right and pinning it against the rocks. Speed 2kts CAPTAIN OF THE COSTA CONCORDIA FRANCESCO SCHETTINO MARITIME ACADEMY GRADUATE HENRY S. WOODS III, OWNER OF TRIDENT MARINE SAFETY GABBIANARA POINT Time: 9:55, Speed: 2 kts As the ship slowed down it became harder to steer, so although the turn had prevented it from crashing into Isola de Giglio, it was heading out to sea. Speed 0.Skts At 10:58 p.m. The captain of the Concordia finally orders "abandon ship." Tyrrhenian Sea At 11:37 p.m. Dozens of ships converged on the stricken vessel. At 10:26 pum. Responding to a Coast Guard official, Capt. Francesco Schettino admited that the ship had been damaged but said all they needed was a tugboat. At 12:05 am. The rescue was Speed 0.skts in full swing. "The problem now is that he has no power, he's losing propulsion, the propellers aren't turning and the ship isn't being propelled forward by anything but its own momentum." Time: 10:25, Speed: 0.7 kt The Concordia, probably pushed by the current and the docking thrusters, moved toward land. The ship was moving almost sideways at this point, Speed 2kts "Whenever you turn a ship hard over it's moving sideways, and when you're moving a large ship like that sideways through the water it's going to slow it down considerably." Speed 0kts / CAPTAIN JOHN KONRAD, GCAPTAIN.COM The Costa Concordia, listing and drifting very slowly forward, ran aground on rocks off Giglio Porto. At 10:06 p.m. Authorities on the island received their first alarm about the disaster after a passenger called relatives on shore who notified police. By turning the ship across the direction of movement, the captain used the ship as a brake to slow momentum. "I suspect that it was uncontrolled free flooding that just got too much weight on the starboard side. You Time: 10:05 Speed: 1 kt The ship fired its port-docking thrusters - usually used for manoeuvring sideways while docking - but the hard right rudder had caused the Concordia to list to one side. have fuel and water tanks deep in the ship, and if those mere damaged enough to allow too much weight and too much fluid to move to the starboard side that would be Speed 1.0kt sufficient to cause it to heel like that" Speed 0.Skts The captain then used the bow thrusters to keep the bow of the ship pointing toward the Giglio Porto. MARITIME ACADEMY GRADUATE HENRY S WOODS III, OWNER OF TRIDENT MARINE SAFETY Speed 0.8kts Ametres 1e SOLRCES: FOES.COM, MARINETRAFFIC.COM. OATDENIN NETA NEWS REPORTS JAN VYKYDAL, ANDREW BARR, MIKE FAILLE, JONATHON RIVAIT AND RICHARD JOHNSON /NATIONAL POST THE FINAL FALL The remaining 80 passengers were lifted off by helicopter. TIDE O GOING OUT When the ship ran aground at Gabbianara Point it may have punctured the hull on the starboard side. The ship began listing heavily toward shore and filling with water. As the ship listed farther to starboard it became challenging to launch lifeboats from either side. Passengers scrambled uphill to the port side of the ship. Eventually the starboard lifeboat station was submerged. Anyone waiting there had to swim for shore or drown. Moving to starboard was no longer an option. Passengers on the port side were now able to leave only by ladders. Unfortunately, the ladders stopped at what would have been the waterline - leaving them a six storey jump into the sea.

The final moments of the Costa Concordia

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Costa Concordia captain Francesco Schettino fought to bring his $590-million ship safely into port for more than an hour after the cruise liner struck rocks. The National Post’s graphics team takes ...


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