What Happened to the Cruise Ship Costa Concordia?

By Robert Palmer

The Costa Concordia was a cruise ship that met its fate in the waters off the coast of Isola del Giglio, Italy on January 13th, 2012. The luxury liner had been en route to Civitavecchia, Italy when it struck a submerged rock. The impact caused severe damage to the hull and resulted in the ship listing heavily and eventually capsizing.

At the time of the incident, there were more than 4,000 passengers and crew on board. 32 people died in what became one of the most expensive maritime disasters in history. The exact cause of the crash is still being debated but it is believed that human error played a key role in what happened that fateful night.

The Costa Concordia had been travelling at an excessive speed, which caused it to plough into rocks near Isola del Giglio. It is believed that errors made by Captain Francesco Schettino led to the ship veering off course and striking these rocks, resulting in catastrophic damage to its hull.

The Italian government moved quickly to launch an investigation into what happened and eventually brought criminal charges against Captain Schettino and five other officers. In 2017, Schettino was found guilty of manslaughter and other offences related to his actions that night.

Rescue efforts

Rescue workers worked around the clock to evacuate passengers from the stricken vessel while fire crews battled fires that had broken out on board after power was lost.

Salvage operations

The salvage operation took two years and cost over 1 billion euros. Salvage teams had to work around hazardous conditions including dangerous waves and currents as well as fuel spills from damaged tanks on board.


What happened to the Cruise Ship Costa Concordia was a tragic event that resulted in immense loss of life and property damage.

The incident has sparked a debate about safety regulations in maritime travel as well as highlighting how human error can have devastating consequences. It serves as a reminder that we must always be mindful of our actions when travelling at sea or any other environment where safety can be compromised if not taken seriously.