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Costa Crociere Says It ’Always’ Respects Navigation Rules

January 23, 2012

Jan. 22 (Bloomberg) -- Carnival Corp.’s Costa Crociere SpA said its Concordia ship’s “touristic navigation” was planned on its Jan. 13 cruise, and according to international rules, it was up to the captain to ensure the safety of the route.

Costa’s rules allow navigation five miles from the coast, the Genoa, Italy-based company said in an e-mailed statement today. Costa said it “always” respects rules.

The company was responding to a report in newspapers including la Repubblica today that Captain Francesco Schettino told prosecutors the company asked for the “salute” on Jan. 13 that led the cruise liner to sail close to the small island of Giglio where it struck rocks.

Schettino’s lawyer didn’t respond to a phone call by Bloomberg News seeking comment today.

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