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Costa Concordia Set Upright

dateline: 24 September 2013

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • upright: in standing position
  • capsize: to turn over in the water
  • luxury liner: expensive cruise ship
  • platform: a raised structure with a flat surface
  • unprecedented: never happened before
  • manslaughter: a criminal charge of killing someone without intention

Costa Concordia Set Upright

The Costa Concordia, a that capsized off the coast of Italy in January 2012, has been set upright. The damaged luxury liner was onto an underwater platform that was built on the sea bed. The massive operation took a crew of over 500 people working for 18 hours. It was unprecedented both in terms of size and cost. Many doubted that it could be done. In the upcoming weeks and months, repairs will be made so that the ship can be and destroyed. When the boat capsized, 32 of the 4,200 people on board were killed. The captain of the Costa Concordia, who is accused of abandoning the ship, is currently for manslaughter.

Comprehension Questions

  1. What is the Costa Concordia?
  2. What needs to be done now?
  3. What does the report say about the ship’s captain?

Discussion Question: What environmental concerns do you think engineers had to take into account during this operation?

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