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Operator of Costa denies role in accident

01-26-2012 09:07 BJT

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The Operator of the stricken cruise ship Costa Concordia has strongly denied claims that it authorized the change of navigational course that led to the dramatic and deadly grounding. The assertion comes as media reports quote captain Francesco Schettino as saying that the “company”s managers pushed him to navigate so close to Giglio Island.

Costa denied that the company approved the practice of "inchino", meaning to salute or bow by navigating extremely close to the coastline.

But the operator defended the practice of so-called "touristic cruising", whereby enormous cruise ships steer close to shore to give passengers a look at the sites.

It also said it was part of the product that passengers demand and that cruise lines are forced to offer to stay competitive.

Costa is owned by Miami-based Carnival Corporation, the world’s largest cruise company.

Editor:Zhang Rui |Source: CNTV.CN

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