I don't know. It looks to me like the Italians are piling blame on a scapegoat in order to cover up their own perpetual screw ups.
The judge will have to issue a report justifying his ruling in a few months. It'll be interesting to see whether this report adheres to reality or not.
Wow, the result seems right but 19 months is about 17 months too long.
An Italian trial process is actually composed of three (or even more) trials. This was only the first of the three. In a year or so, the second of the three trials will begin.
If this captain is ultimately convicted for real, it'll be another five years before it happens (unless there are complications that delay the process, in which case it'll be much longer).