Authorities have warn that the passenger ship Costa Concordia may be at risk of releasing oil into the water. The vessel had some 2830 tons of fuel oil on board. There is some concern that the vessel may slide off the rocks and sink into deeper water before the oil could be removed.
The 291 meter long, 10000 dwt passenger ship Costa Concordia went aground off the island of Giglio, Italy. The cruise ship, loaded with more than 4,234 passengers and crew, struck a rock on the seafloor tearing a 160 foot gash along the port hull. The vessel suffered severe ingress of water near the engine room causing the Concordia to lose power. The water continued to flood the vessel causing it to list over to starboard. Many passengers were thrown overboard while others found themselves trapped in the dark inside their cabins. Passengers report that the evacuation was unorganized and chaos as they searched their way through the vessel to lifeboats. The vessel continued to list to starboard making it impossible to reach or launch lifeboats. Fortunately, the vessel was close to shore and the sea was calm. Initial reports state 3 people died (2 passengers, 1 crewman) with another 40 injured. However, there are some 50 to 70 people reported as missing. Divers will proceed into the vessel to check for any additional survivors and recover any bodies. Italian authorities have launched an investigation into the incident and are looking at possible criminal charges against the officers and owners of the Concordia.
The 171 meter long, 3680 dwt passenger ship Isabella allided with the quay in Långnäs, Åland. The vessel was just to about to dock when a strong gust of wind push the vessel against the dock. A gangway and fender was damaged while the Isabella suffered only minor damage. No reports of injuries or pollution being released. The Isabella was allow to proceed on to the next port of call at Mariehamn.