The court at Grosseto, the city nearest the spot where the Costa Concordia ran aground in January 2012, accepted plea bargains for the cruise ship's helmsman, cabin service director, two bridge officers and the head of the company's crisis team.
The sentences handed down by the court:
— Director of the crisis unit, Roberto Ferrarini: 2 years, 10 months
— Cabin Service Director Manrico Giampedroni: 2 1/2 years
"... no one died in the collision itself, but that the failure of a backup generator and supposedly water-tight compartments that were flooded created problems during the evacuation, when the deaths occurred."
More than 4,000 passengers were aboard the cruise ship when it capsized.