Francesco Schettino suggested officials blamed the collision of the "Costa Concordia" on a power outtage, a court heard a senior official testify on Apr 14. "Schettino proposed I tell authorities that a blackout caused the collision. I disagreed strongly and became angry. This was false and different to what he had told me earlier, namely that he he had hit rocks and that the ship had flooded. I remember reacting pretty badly, as did my colleagues in the crisis room" in Genoa," Roberto Ferrarini, the head of a crisis unit set up to handle the sinking, told a court in Grossetto. At the request of the prosecutor, Alessandro Leopizzi, the court heard a recording of a telephone call in which Schettino spoke of a blackout but then changed tack after evidently realising that Ferrarini would not go along with a cover-up of the facts.
Search crews on Apr 14 launched a robotic submarine deep from the "Ocean Shield" for the first time to try to determine whether underwater signals detected by sound-locating equipment were from the missing Malaysian plane's black boxes. The crew launched the unmanned underwater vehicle in the evening. The Bluefin 21 autonomous sub can create a three-dimensional sonar map of the area to chart any debris on the seafloor. The move came after crews picked up a series of underwater sounds over the past two weeks that were consistent with an aircraft's black boxes. Before, the "Ocean Shield" has been dragging a U.S. Navy pinger locator through the water to listen for any sounds from the beacons. Over the past 10 days, the equipment has picked up four separate signals. The Bluefin sub takes six times longer to cover the same area as the ping locator, and the two devices can't be used at the same time. Crews were hoping to detect additional signals before sending down the sub, so they could triangulate the source and zero in on where exactly the black boxes may be. But it has been 38 days since the plane disappeared, and search crews haven't picked up any new sounds since Apr 8, suggesting that the devices' batteries may now be dead. That is why officials was now using the Bluefin. The submarine will take 24 hours to complete each mission: two hours to dive to the bottom, 16 hours to search the seafloor, two hours to return to the surface, and four hours to download the data. In its first deployment, it searched a 15-square-mile section of seafloor. Officials were investigating an oil slick not far from the area where the underwater sounds were detected. Crews have collected a sample of the oil and sent it back to Australia for analysis, a process that was to take several days. A visual search for debris on the ocean surface was continuing on Apr 14 over 18,400 square miles of ocean about 1,400 miles northwest of the west coast city of Perth. A total of 12 planes and 15 ships would join the two searches. The visual search operation would be ending in the next two to three days. Officials haven't found a single piece of debris linked to the plane. The chances that any would be have greatly diminished. Officials were looking for other vehicles that could help to retrieve any wreckage, should the Bluefin find any.
The "Vinalines Sky" has been held in Hongkong since Apr 5, 2014, as the Korean company Vinalines sought to force payment of VND 47.93 bn ($2.28m). The Vietnam’s international arbitration centre had ordered Vinalines to pay the bill for steel poles it imported to build an international port in central Vietnam. But this ruling has been suspended by Hanoi people’s court, to which Vinalines complained in January, saying that it did not accept the quality and price of the steel. It is unclear if the arrest has since been lifted.