Francesco Schettino, Costa Concordia capt., says he'll "certainly" command a ship again, contests his firing

Francesco Schettino, the captain of the luxury cruiser Costa Concordia, which ran aground off Italy's Tuscan tiny island of Isola del Giglio, is seen in the moment of his arrest in Porto Santo Stefano, Italy, Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012. AP Photo/Giacomo Aprili

Rome The captain of the shipwrecked Costa Concordia has returned to court to contest his firing, and says he'll "certainly" take command of a ship again.

Francesco Schettino is challenging Costa Crociere SpA's decision to fire him after the Concordia ran aground off Tuscany Jan. 13, 2012, and capsized, killing 32 people. Court-appointed experts have blamed Schettino for the disaster, saying he took the ship off course in a stunt.

Schettino insists his deft steering saved lives and that the reef the ship hit wasn't on his charts.

As he arrived Wednesday for the closed-door hearing in Torre Annunziata, near Naples, Schettino was asked if he thought he'd command a ship again. He replied: "Yes, certainly."

A separate court is deciding whether to indict Schettino on manslaughter and other charges.

  • Tucker Reals

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