Officials from Costa Crociere SpAmet with consumer activists Thursday in an attempt to work out what could be a blanket compensation deal for uninjured passengers who were aboard the cruise ship that capsized off Italy’s coast.
The deal being discussed would apply to 3,206 people from 61 countries who suffered no physical harm when the Costa Concordia hit a reef Jan. 13 after the captain made an unauthorized maneuver that brought the enormous ship too close to shore.
The offer would take into consideration the price of the ticket, any costs incurred in getting home after the disaster, the cost of items lost aboard the ship as well as damages for the ruined vacation and trauma resulting from the accident, said Furio Truzzi of the consumer group Assoutenti.
The offer would not apply to the hundreds of crew aboard the ship, the roughly 100 cases of people who were injured or the families who lost loved ones. Sixteen bodies have been recovered since the ship hit a reef carrying 4,200 people, with another 16 people still missing and feared dead.
“We are working for a collective transaction to come up with a value for damages,” Truzzi said. “Each passenger can decide if this proposal is satisfactory. If it is not, they are free to react through a lawyer.”
- New photos show lifeboat evacuation of Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia after it ran aground (foxnews.com)
- The Costa Concordia and Tone from the Top (globalcompliance.com)
- Costa Concordia captain ‘ordered to sail close to island’ (theprovince.com)
- Chaplain: Costa Concordia crew showed personal sacrifice (mumbailaity.wordpress.com)
- Workers to pump oil from Costa Concordia on Saturday (foxnews.com)