At the beginning of 2012 the Costa Concordia sunk in the Tyrrhenian Sea just off the eastern shore of Isola del Giglio, off the western coast of Italy about 100 km (62 mi) northwest of Rome. When we look at the ship today, over 7 months later, not much has changed.

The ship is still capsized and reminds us all of the horror that took place on 13 January 2012 around 9:45pm. Although the sea was calm and the weather was good the Costa Concordia struck a rock under command of captain Francesco Schettino. The captain was the centre of attention for international media for weeks as he would have abandoned ship way too soon, hereby not fulfilling his duty as captain of the ship. Whatever happened, the ship is still on it's side as you can see on the featured webcams of this blog post. The latest news states that the ship might stay on its side like this until early 2013. In other words, getting the ship out of there might be taking more than a year in total!

It is unfortunate that, despite the gradual sinking of the ship, its complete loss of power, and its proximity to shore in calm seas, an order to abandon ship was not issued until over an hour after the initial impact. International maritime law requires all passengers to be evacuated within 30 minutes of an order to abandon ship. But unfortunately the evacuation of Costa Concordia took over six hours and not all passengers were evacuated. In these circumstances it's almost a miracle that only 32 of the over 4.000 people on board of the ship didn't survive the incident.

May these webcams be a reminder of the dangers at sea. We all hope something like this won't happen again.

Source: wikipedia