Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Clarence Mitchell to Spin the Sinking of The Costa Concordia

I can't wait to hear Clarence Mitchell spin this lot. Yes you heard right, Mitchell has got the job of spinning the sinking of the Costa Concordia.

It should be quite hilarious, and I'd love to be a fly on the wall in a certain house in Rothley, where the occupants can sit back and enjoy Mitchell in full cringe factor warp nine.

Every time Mitchell opens his gob, people are going to associate it with the McCanns.

A public relations masterpiece. Drive on!

Sounds familiar.

Clarence Mitchell, who is representing Costa Cruises, said: "Mr Foschi confirmed the captain had been approaching the island of Giglio to 'make a salute'.

"The company says this (incident) was caused by an attempt by the captain to show the ship to the port.

"But there's a criminal investigation going on and we're not going to say anything that's going to compromise that or the captain's case." The Scum

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Burson-Marsteller MD Clarence Mitchell started working on the comms last night.

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Port Authority to cruise ship captain: 'Get on board, damn it'
January 17th, 2012

Recordings between the captain of the Costa Concordia cruise ship and the Livorno Port Authority, which is part of the Coastal Guards, have given new insight into what happened on the ship when it hit rocks Friday night just off Italy's western coast.

A total of 23 people remain missing following the wreck, which led to 11 deaths, Italian officials said Tuesday. Capt. Francesco Schettino is under arrest and may face charges that include manslaughter, shipwreck and abandoning a ship when passengers were still on board, according to an Italian prosecutor.

Questions abound for captain of doomed cruise ship

Below are several transcripts of recordings between authorities and the captain published by the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera and translated by CNN's Hada Messia:

Livorno Port Authorities: "Concordia, we ask you if all is OK there."

Concordia: "All is well."


Port authority: "Concordia. We ask you if all is well there."

Concordia: "All is well. It is only a technical failure."

Port authority: "How many people are on board?"

Schettino: "Two-three hundred"

Port authority: "How come so few people? Are you on board?’

Schettino: "No, I’m not on board because the ship is keeling. We’ve abandoned it."

Port authority: "What? You’ve abandoned the ship?"

Schettino: "No. What abandon? I’m here."


Port authority: "You must return on board. Climb the ladder (rope ladder), return to the fore (stem) and coordinate the work."

Schettino does not reply

Port authority: "You must tell us how many people are on board, how many women, how many children. You have to coordinate the rescue operation. Commander, this is an order. Now I’m in charge, you have abandoned ship and now you are going to go to the stem and coordinate the work. There are already dead bodies."

Schettino: "How many?"

Port authority: "You should be the one telling me this…What do you want to do? Do you want to go home?...Now go back on the stem and tell me what to do.."


Port authority: "Listen, this is De Falco from Livorno. Am I speaking with the captain?"

Schettino: "Yes."

Port authority: "Tell me your name."

Schettino: "This is Captain Schettino, commandant."

Port authority: "Listen Schettino, there are people trapped on board. Now, you have to go with your lifeboat and go under the boat stem on the straight side, there is a ladder there."

Port authority: "Get on board on the ship and tell me, you tell me how many people there are."

Port authority: "Clear? I’m recording this conversation, Captain Schettino."

Schettino: "Well then commandant, I need to tell you something."

Port authority: "Speak loudly."

Schettino: "The ship now…I’m here in front of it..."

Port authority: "Captain, speak loudly."

Schettino: "Commandant, at this moment the ship is tilted."

Port authority: "I understand. Listen. There are people who are coming down the stem ladder. You must take that ladder in the opposite direction. Get on board the ship and you tell me how many people are on board, and what do they have. Clear? You tell me if there are children, women, people with special needs. And you tell me how many there are of each category..."

Port authority: "Is that clear?"

Port authority: "Look Schettino, you might have been saved from the sea, but I will make sure you go through a very rough time…I will make sure you go through a lot of trouble. Get on board, damn it."


Schettino: "Commandant, please…"

Port authority: "No...please. No, you get on board. Assure me that you are getting on board."

Schettino: (Hard to understand) "I’m here with the rescuers. I’m here. I’ve not gone anywhere. I’m here."

Port authority: "What are you doing captain?"

Schettino: "I’m here coordinating the rescue."

Port authority: (Speaks over captain): "What are you coordinating there? Go on board and coordinate from there the rescue operation. Are you refusing?"

Schettino: "No, no, I’m not refusing."

Port authority: "You are refusing to go on board? And why are you not going on board?"

Schettino: "I am going because now there is the other motorboat (Lancia) that has stopped now."

Port authority: "You go on board. It is an order. You cannot make any other evaluations. You have declared abandoning ship. Now I’m in charge. You get on board. Is it clear?"

Schettino: "Commandant..."

Port authority over captain: "Are you not listening to me.."

Schettino speaks over Port authority: "I’m going..."

Schettino: "Call me immediately when you get on board. Our rescue officer is there."

Schettino: "Where is your rescue officer?"

Port authority: "My rescue officer is at the stem…Go …(can hear captain saying OK)…There are already bodies, Schettino."

Schettino: "How many dead bodies are there?"

Port authority: "I don’t know. I know of one. I’ve heard of one. You are the one to tell me how many there are. Christ!"

Schettino: "Are you aware that it is dark here and we cannot see anything?"

Port authority: "So? Do you want to go home Schettino? It is dark and you want to go home? Climb the ladder and get on the stem."

Port authority: "...and tell me what can be done, how many people are there, what do they need. Now."

Schettino: "Commandant, we are with the second in command…"

Port authority: "Then both of you climb up. What is his name?"

Schettino: "Dimitris Christidis."

Port authority: "You are your guard. Go on board, now!"

Schettino: "Commandant… I want to go on board, it is just that the other lifeboat here…there are other rescue operators... it has stopped and it is stuck there... now I’ve called other rescue operators..."

Port authority: "It is one hour that you are telling me this. You go on board. On b.o.a.r.d (says the word slowly almost spelling it out). And you immediately tell me how many people there are"

Schettino: "OK."

Source and videos

The Costa Concordia, a plank with a block of flats on top! Otherwise known as ''top hamper.''


Anonymous said...

Jesus christ,that Schettino wants shooting, all them lives lost because of him

Himself said...

I've just fucked this fellow off on twitter.

analiensaturn alien from saturn
A captain should stay with his ship, try telling your instincts for survival that.if he's panicked you can't blame him

I wonder if would feel the same if he was left aboard in the dark with a pregnant wife and an aging mother stuck in a wheelchair?

Fucking prick.

And the Skipper! fuck me! the arrogance of the man, to start dicking around with a ship that size with 4'000+ souls aboard for no good reason.

Fuck me! you couldn't make it up.

I survived my years at sea as a single-hander, due to one thing, being careful.

AS you say, he wants shooting, and on his own quarterdeck; if it wasn't underwater.

Himself said...

Just heard that my mother is bad.

Signed off.

SteelMagnolia said...

Hello H, how is your mom, bit worried for you and her.

Much more to come on this stricken vessel. Not all what it seems, 2008they had a prang a blamed the weather !


SteelMagnolia said...

Dr.Spin is now on board and the captain who may not be a captain at all 'slipped' and landed in a lifeboat, his coordinator according to Mitchell ' fell' into a lifeboat.

These were two scared men without any experience of a disaster. Staff members as you watch the interviews with passengers are quickly rushed through saying they do not speak Italian after being told they do the reporter questions but no someone is telling them to hurry along.


SteelMagnolia said...


Passengers claim staff members had no idea what to do, they were afraid , H , low wagers , untrained, don't speak the lingo, a cpatain who is not a trained captain ,you have a recipe for disaster.

Carnival, the parent company concerned ONLY in losing $95 million at the stock exchange.

SteelMagnolia said...

PR moving fast we have the T Shirt . Waiting for the fund.

Himself said...

Thank you Dani.

I spent the night with her and she is somewhat improved, a forty eight hour bug thing it would seem.

But as you can imagine, everything is a worry when they are that age.

As for yer man and all the rest of it, it's just a window into mercantile fleets all around the world. They have been cutting costs for years, and standards are directly proportional to those cuts.Pay peanuts, get chimps.

And all the more reason for not adopting the Titanic syndrome, ''it can't happen to us.''

I shall have a wander through your links.

There has to be some (paint shop) mileage in this one, I shall wait for the first official bit of Mitchell spin before setting to.

As I have said elsewhere, I wouldn't put too much stock on the ship hitting the pier on a previous occasion, the thing must be an absolute nightmare to try to come alongside in any bit of a breeze, bow thrusters or not.

It's not for no reason that I describe the thing as a plank with a block of flats on top.

See new graphic.

Minns pointed out that shipmakers are now opting for a very shallow draught as a way of providing passengers with stunning views of the landscape. However, the drawback is that shallow draught hulls, coupled with high structures, may cause them to capsize sooner if stability is lost.


SteelMagnolia said...

Glad to hear Mum is OK.

Take a look at this link,sinister propaganda? . Simon Tomlin believes Mitchell is MI5. I do not know the blog but came by it looking up on the very strange death of Christopher Story (Edwarde Harle).


Himself said...

Just heading out the gap, will eyeball it when I come in.

Himself said...

Reads like a load of nonsense to me Dani.

If the ship had a Pentagon type hole in it instead of a great big rock, there might be cause for thought.


That Simon Tomlin seems a reasonable sort of bloke, but Mitchell MI5?! I think I would have trouble with that one as well.

Stranger things have happened at sea mind you.

Thank you for your kind wishes.