The Italian island of Giglio will hold many memorial services today for the thirty two passengers lost along her coast one year ago. All but two of the thirty two who perished were recovered but the site of the accident remains heavily stigmatized by tourists and local residents. The half submerged ship and work areas for the salvage operation dominate the view from the peaceful village and its marine sanctuary.
Salvage operations are proceeding slowly and have already suffered setbacks from a lack of local equipment, weather, and the geology of the rock slope where the ship rests. The current estimate for removal to a repair yard is the end of summer 2013. Four hundred workers are engaged in the stabilization and removal of the ship.
The Master and crew of the Costa Concordia are expected to face charges related to carelessness and dereliction of duty later this year. The Master, Schettino is already a figure of public ridicule in Italy and his public statements during trial could reignite widespread anger over the situation.
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