Italian prosecutors have accepted a plea bargain from Costa Crociere and have imposed a €1 million fine to settle potential criminal charges against the company in relation to the capsize of Costa Concordia in January 2012.
The company had been under investigation as the employer of the crew of the ship which hit a rock off the island of Giglio, resulting in 32 deaths.
Prosecutors now say they are satisfied with a preliminary court ruling and will not proceed with a criminal trial against Costa. However, the ship’s captain, Francesco Schettino, still faces charges of manslaughter, causing a shipwreck, and abandoning his vessel. He could face up to 20 years in jail if found guilty.
Five other members of the crew, including Schetttino’s first officer and three members of a crisis unit set up by Costa to handle the incident, also face indictment and trial.
The deal will have no effect on civil proceedings being brought against Costa by passengers, crew, and the relatives of those who died.
Costa lawyer Marco de Luca said: “This is a balanced decision. It is the most reasonable solution,” but the company had no further comment.