Concordi aRefloatedThe wreck of the cruise ship Costa Concordia, 114,137gt, was successfully brought upright as part of the 600mn euros operation to remove the ship from where she had lain on the Italian island of Giglio since January, 2012.

The ship, carrying 4,200 passengers and crew, hit the rocks off the island on Jan 13, 2012, tearing a 70ft gash in her hull, and capsized onto her starboard side. Thirty-two of those on board died.

The salvage operation to remove the wreck is being carried out by Titan Salvage, of Florida, in partnership with the Italian firm Micoperi.

The salvors used the parbuckling method to right the wreck. Using a system of cables, the wreck was rolled off her side and came to rest in a vertical position on six underwater platforms forming an artificial seabed. The ship had been fitted with 11 sponsons on her port side which took on seawater to help pull the ship upright.

The operation was due to begin at 0615 on Sept 16 but had to be rescheduled for later that morning due to the strong thunder storms overnight. The storms had prevented the positioning of the barge Polluce on which the control room is installed along with other operative units.

More on this and other news in Sea Breezes Magazine - November 2013 Issue
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