The salvage of the wreck of the cruise ship Costa Concordia, on rocks off the Italian island of Giglio took a major step forward in April.
Work started early on Apr 3 to install Platform No 1 which, with the other five subsea platforms, will provide a safe supporting structure for the wreck after it is rotated into a vertical position.
At 0600, the heavy lift ship Svenja, 12,500dwt, of SAL Heavy Lift GmbH, Hamburg, approached the wreck with the barge Micourier and the tug Bucaneer. After cutting the platform’s sea fastenings securing it to the barge, work got underway at about 0830 to position the Svenja’s two big cranes to lift the platform and position it as planned.
The operation was completed late that afternoon. The Parbuckling Project/Costa/Titan Salvage/Micoperi pictures in our print issue show parts of the installation process that day.
The Platform No 1, which was built at the Rosetti shipyard in Marina di Ravenna, weighs about 1,000 tonnes, measures 40m by 33m, and is 22m high, It is supported by five big pillars, almost 2m in diameter, secured to the granite seabed.