Madrid.—National Consumer Society “Ceaccu” will today be lodging an official call at a court in Madrid for cruise line company Costa Cruceros, owners of the stricken liner Costa Concordia, to pay compensation to the tune of 14'000 euros to each of the passengers affected.

Tragedy struck when the ship ran aground close to shore off the coast of Italy a fortnight ago with loss of life running into double figures and some who had been on board still unaccounted for.

This is the first action taken in Spain against Costa Cruceros and the beginning of a series of legal measures which Ceaccu aims to use to ensure passengers are properly compensated. Ceaccu has described the money currently being offered by the company as “ridiculous” and some of its contract clauses as “abusive.”