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December 13, 2012

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Clini: urgent a program of punctual job for the last phase of the removal of Costa Concordia

Letter of the minister to Costa Crociere, the Civil Protection and the Tuscany Region

The minister of the Atmosphere, Corrado Clini, has sent a letter to the managing directors of Costa Crociere, Pierluigi Foschi and Michael Thamm, to the head of the Department of the Civil Protection, Franco Gabrielli, and to the president of the Tuscany Region, Enrico Rossi, in which he emphasizes the urgency of a program of punctual job for the last phase of the removal of the ship from Costa Concordia cruise been shipwrecked to the island of the Lily and digestion or the recovery of the hull in a suitable place.

"As I have already had a chance for signal to the Franco Gabrielli prefect - the minister has written - the delays regarding the cronoprogramma established for the removal they have been and they remain worry source, although the precious and punctual job of the Observatory instituted from the civil Protection in order to assure a constant monitoring and address of all the operations. The main worry - it has specified Clini - is that relative one to the conditions of the hull and the safeguards measures necessary in order to guarantee that the removal and the shelter happen in safety condition without for generating ulterior risks and emergencies".

The minister has then put in evidence that the job program must more close indicate the modalities for the removal and the "shelter" of the hull in the port. And, in case it remains the emerged guideline, Clini already has confirmed the engagement of the ministry of the Atmosphere to put into effect in fast times the provisions of competence necessary in order to equip the port of Piombino. At last, the minister has invited the Tuscany Region to manage, in collaboration with the competent authorities, an outline of the participations necessary in order "to assure the services of support to the activities of competence of the Costa Crociere society".

"I appreciate and I share the words of the minister Corrado Clini", the president of the Region Tuscany, Enrico Rossi has said, commenting the content of the letter. "For a long time - it has remembered - we are working in order to assure the necessary services of support to the activities of Costa Crociere for the recovery of the ship. We make already with the Lamma Consortium that supplies a weather service daily ad hoc in order to favor the development in safety of the operations in course. We have then already faced and advanced proposals in order to accommodate the ship for the dismantling. About this we have spoken also recently with the ministries of the Atmosphere and Infrastructures, with the civil Protection and the same Costa Crociere".

"The Tuscany - it has continued Rossi - is able to be able to accommodate Costa Concordia in the port of Piombino, that it is that more near the island of the Lily, distant hardly 38 miles (Livorno is distant 87 miles). And in this case the port more close is also that surest one, because it reduces the margins of risk in the transfer of the ship".

"We - he has concluded the president of the Tuscany Region - are ready. Along with the Municipality and to the Harbour Authority of Piombino we have already characterized the necessary participations for the acceptance of the ship and their feasibility. Draft of important intense activities that we can realize in coherent times with those of the removal and the transfer from the Lily of Costa Concordia. What now servants are a fast decision from Costa Crociere on the port of destination and the successive phases of dismantling. As soon as she will arrive to us the confirmation of the choice of Piombino we will activate the necessary initiatives quickly in order to start the yards".

While the Tuscany regional committee, in the today's sitting, has approved of two deliberations proposed from the regional city council member to Infrastructures, Luca Ceccobao, in order to assign beyond two million euro for running expenses and investments of the four commercial ports of regional interest: Viareggio, Santo Stefano Port, Navy of Field and Isola del Giglio. "The good operation and the development of our ports - Ceccobao has explained - are strategic for the Tuscany economy, in particular for commerce, nautical tourism and. The continuous Region to assign to the responsible Municipalities of the four you carry the necessary resources for running expenses and investments, in the respect of the relative competences. Thanks to these resources we will have infrastructures surer and adapted to the current necessities".

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