January 27, 2012

Costa Concordia company offers passengers compensation

The Italian company that owns the capsized cruise ship Costa Concordia has offered passengers 11,000 euros (£9,000; $14,000) each in compensation.
The deal comes after negotiations between the company, Costa Cruises, and several Italian consumer groups.
The company also promised to refund medical and transport expenses, as well as the cost of the cruise.
One consumer group, Codacons, has urged passengers not to accept the offer, Reuters news agency reports.
Codacons and two US law firms are filing a class-action lawsuit in the US suit against Costa Cruises, demanding at least $160,000 (£105,000) for each passenger on the ship. Costa Cruises is owned by the US-based Carnival Group.
On Tuesday another body was found inside the wreck of the Costa Concordia, bringing the death toll to 16. At least 16 others are missing.
The ship ran aground off the Tuscan island of Giglio on 13 January with more than 4,200 people on board.

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