Allegra sold for scrap, Concordia's fate unclear

Wednesday, 05 Sep 2012, 14:29


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Costa Cruises' 28,500-ton, 820-passenger Allegra, the cruise ship which was adrift in the Indian Ocean for 72 hours following an engine room fire in February, will be sold for scrap according to news reports from Italy.

The ship - the oldest in the Costa fleet - has been unused since the incident, which left passengers without lights, air-conditioning or working toilets and came just weeks after the Costa Concordia disaster. Allegra was eventually towed to one of the Seychelles' islands by a French trawler.

The line has been tight-lipped about the details of a contract that is currently being negotiated with a Turkish firm.

in the meantime the infamous Costa Concordia is causing distress to mayor of Giglio, Sergio Ortelli. He is opposing to an idea of transforming the wreckage into a botanical gardem - an idea proposed for the New Concordia Island Contest.

"Giglio does not need contest ideas that link Giglio with Concordia," he told Ansa Italian news agency.

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