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Cruise ship crash: updates as of 19 January

January 19, 2012

A meeting in Grosseto to review the intervention Plan for oil reclaim 

Operazioni soccorso nave ConcordiaEnvironmental risk. After the declaration of local emergency issued yesterday, 18 January, by the Port Authority – Coastguard of Livorno for the environmental threat following the Concordia shipwreck off the Island of Giglio, a meeting was held in Grosseto to analyse the intervention plan for oil reclaim. The document was presented by the Society in charge of the intervetion and was approved by the Port Authority – Coastguard of Livorno.

The meeting was attended by the Civil Protection Department, Province of Grosseto, Prefecture-Territorial Office of the Government of Grosseto, Police headquartes of Grosseto, Ispra - Institute for Environmental Protection and Research, Arpat- Regional Agency for environmental protection of Tuscany, Fire Department, Security Forces and the Costa Crociere company.

Search and rescue. This morning search and rescue activities of missing people were resumed, after having been interrupted yesterday due to the stability of the ship. Safety conditions of Concordia cruise ship, constantly monitored, have been evaluated thanks to the work of the Earth Sciences Department of the University of Florence, Centre of Competence of the Civil Protection Department.

Starting from tonight, the ship safety conditions may change. The Department has in fact reported a moderate increase of wave motion on Thursday night and the entire day of Friday, due to winds arriving from south-west, then moving north-west, that will affect the portion of sea in front of the Island of Giglio, where the Concordia ship lies. (Clarification of 20 January)

For the time being, there are 11 victims. Three of them have not yet been identified, whereas 24 are missing, as declared by the Prefecture – Utg of Grosseto. Three of the missing people belonged to the crew.

The declaration of state of emergency will be signed tomorrow, during the Council of Ministers that will start at 10 a.m..