The documentary will explore the build-up to the cruise ship’s disaster off the Italian island of Giglio Porto. The film will examine how the 290m long and 31m high ship managed to sink and also explore criticisms of ‘mega cruisers’. On the evening of January 13th 2012, in calm seas and overcast weather, under command of Captain Francesco Schettino, Costa Concordia struck a rock in the Tyrrhenian Sea just off the eastern shore of Isola del Giglio, off the western coast of Italy about 100 km (62 mi) northwest of Rome. This tore a 50 m (160 ft) gash on the port (left) side of her hull, which almost immediately flooded parts of the engine room and caused loss of power to her propulsion and electrical systems.
With water flooding in and listing, the ship drifted back to Giglio Island, where she grounded just 500 m (1,600 ft) north of the village of Giglio Porto, lying on her starboard (right) side in shallow water with most of her starboard side under water. Despite the gradual sinking of the ship, its complete loss of power, and its proximity to shore in calm seas, an order to abandon ship was not issued until over an hour after the initial impact.
Although international maritime law requires all passengers to be evacuated within 30 minutes of an order to abandon ship, the evacuation of the Costa Concordia took over six hours and not all passengers were evacuated. Of the 3,229 passengers and 1,023 crew known to have been aboard, two are missing and 32 are confirmed dead, including a five-year-old girl whose body was found along with seven others by divers on February 23, over a month following the incident.