We are just 10 days away from that fateful day last year when the tragedy of the Costa Concordia occurred.
My attention was drawn to a recent newspaper article regarding the awarding of salvage contracts for the re-floating of this cruise ship.
A little research found some fascinating insights into the method going to be employed. For those who may be interested I have decided to share it with you.
It’s been called “the largest and most complex recovery ever attempted.” In January 2012, the 290-metre cruise ship Costa Concordia struck a reef, tearing a 70-metre gash in her port side. She sank and capsized in shallow water off the tiny Tuscan island of Giglio, claiming 32 lives. In May, the US$300-million contract to remove her was awarded to Florida-based salvage and wreck-removal specialist Titan Salvage and Italian marine construction contractor Micoperi. Normally, it would be simplest to cut the wreck into sections in situ and cart them off , but that approach would create large quantities of debris. The Concordia rests in a protected marine area, so Italian authorities insisted it be removed in one piece. That’s been done before—but never with such a large vessel. Originally scheduled for January, the refloat has already been pushed back until spring, and the coming winter storm season threatens further delays. Here’s how the refloat is supposed to work....
There is a 'mouse interactive' page on one of the websites I looked at...
Infographic: Raising the shipwrecked Costa Concordia - Canadian Business
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Topic: Rising the Concordia
Raising the Concordia
Last edited by Solent Richard, Lee on the Solent; 3rd January 2013 at 06:37 PM. Reason: dropped the 'a' in Raising typo
Thanks Malcolm. Somehow lost my 'a'. Never mind, nice video as well.
3rd January 2013, 07:44 PM #4
Can't believe that's nearly a year already. Did they account for every-one that was missing?.......................................Car ol
3rd January 2013, 09:36 PM #5
If a success it’s an engineering & technological feat bourn out of tragedy – sadly last reports on the remaining declared missing passengers (or ruled out) these have yet to be recovered.
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4th January 2013, 02:19 AM #6Ship's Cat Member
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Thanks Richard,very sad but interesting read.
4th January 2013, 08:53 AM #7
4th January 2013, 04:12 PM #8Ship's Cook Member
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Media reports at the times were full of fears of Concordia being temporarily stranded on the edge of a 'cliff' which it was feared the ship would soon slip over the edge of and so into deep water from where recovery would have been even more problematic with any trapped survivors being drowned.
The salvage operation clearly shows a shallow gradient of maybe 30 degrees with no cliff in sight. A chat with any of the seagoing locals would have come up with the facts but, inevitably it seems, the media cannot be bothered to come up with facts.
Thanks for this further information Richard.
6th January 2013, 01:02 PM #9Deck Hand Member
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7th January 2013, 09:56 AM #10
Thanks to Richard and Malcolm for the article and video. Very interesting.