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Costa Concordia cruise ship salvage: ‘we’re ready now’

By: Michael Derlicki

Costa Concordia Giglio

On the night of January 13 2012 a terrible disaster occurred, a 114,000 ton cruise ship c called the Costa Concordia crashed into rock off the Giglio Island. This disaster resulted in the death of 32 people. Nearly two years later the largest, most expensive and most complex salvage operation in history will be attempted. The Italians have taken the  Titan Salvage of U.S. plans into consideration; although they have different plans. The goal of this salvage is to successfully pull the 114,000 ton cruise ship into a vertical position and letting it rest on a underwater platform.  This process is called parbuckling, a extremely delicate process to remove the Concordia from protected Tuscan waters. The reason for the difficulty of this task is “As the ship sank in waters famed for their biodiversity, there was never any question of it being broken up on site for fear that this could cause environmental damage.”(The Guardian, Lizzy Davis) Due to the ships location of landing between two spurs of rock on a steep underwater slop makes this project that much harder. The team must act quickly to stop the wreck slipping any further down into the sea. Due to the recent weather conditions the situation has been prolonged and complications of metal fatigue and weaker elements to deform.  When the ship will be pulled upright, plans for further action are unclear. “Concerns have been raised in recent days over the potential environmental damage that could arise from the parbuckling, with Italy’s environment minister reportedly writing to Gabrielli and asking for the details of contingency plans to cope with any “eventual environmental emergencies” that could result from the process” (The Guardian, Lizzy Davis) Due to these concerns, protests have arise demanding the ship to be moved as soon as possible to avoid any further disaster.

Carabinieri Divers near wrecked cruise ship in Italygiglio

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One comment on “Costa Concordia cruise ship salvage: ‘we’re ready now’

  1. Monika Fischer
    September 15, 2013

    What happened to the captain of that ship? Why did it ‘crash’? Who is ultimately responsible? What about large cruise ships entering Venice’s Canal Grande – is that a problem?

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