It’s been 19 months since the Costa Concordia, one of the largest cruise liners ever built, ran aground off the west coast of Italy, killing 32 passengers and capsizing after granite rock tore a 50-meter hole in the ship’s hull. But in September the rotting 952-foot wreck is set to be raised from its partially-submerged resting place off the Tuscan island of Giglio in what engineers say is a risky and unprecedented operation. The plan is to use cables attached to hydraulic pumps to rotate the ship upright — a process known as “parbuckling” — from the seabed onto a platform, which consists of a series of cement bags and huge under-water steel structure…
The latest step to be completed in the project to turn the stranded cruise ship Costa Concordia upright, so it can be floated away from the Italian island Giglio, is the installation of two blister tanks on the ship’s bow. An Aug. 27 release posted on the website maintained by the Titan Salvage/Micoperi salvage operation indicated the two steel tanks have been set in place. Earlier this year, the companies said they expected to turn the ship in September. “The two blister tanks are special sponsons that provide a net buoyancy of about 4,000 tons and will support the bow during the next three phases of the process: the rotation of the wreck into a vertical position (the so called “Parbuckling”); the resting of the wreck on the artificial seabed; and the refloating,” it stated.
Salvors with the Titan-Micoperi consortium on Tuesday announced the completion of another important step towards the parbuckling -or uprighting- of the Costa Concordia shipwreck in Giglio: the process of positioning and installment of the two blister tanks on the wreck’s bow.
The blister tanks are special sponsons, or caissons, that will provide buoyancy to the bow from the parbuckling operation to the eventual refloating.
The cruiseliner Costa Concordia will be refloated in a matter of weeks in a mission that is expected to cost in the region of £400m.
As part of the mammoth salvage operation, 18,000 tonnes of concrete have been used to build a platform underneath the partially sunken ship, ready for it to be winched upright. A team of 500 engineers are working on the mission, which will set insurance companies back nearly £30m more than the original cost of building the ship.
NEARLY two years after it struck rocks and capsized off the coast of Tuscany, the luxury cruise liner Costa Concordia is to be hoisted upright in an unprecedented billion-dollar salvage operation.
The project is, according to officials, the most complex such manoeuvre undertaken due to the size of the 290m ship, which weighs 114,500 tonnes, twice that of the Titanic, and because it is perched on its side on a steep, rocky slope.
Concordia Cleanup Costa Concordia, the luxury cruiser that capsized off the Italian coast last year, will be salvaged next month in a maneuver that is expected to cost about $623 million.
Tourists enjoy the beach near the Costa Concordia cruise ship at Giglio Island. The Costa Concordia cruise ship will be raised up in September near the Italian island where it still lies keeled over after a disaster on January 13, 2012.
It’s been 19 months since the Costa Concordia, one of the largest cruise liners ever built, ran aground off the west coast of Italy, killing 32 passengers and capsizing after granite rock tore a 50-meter hole in the ship’s hull.
But in September the rotting 952-foot wreck is set to be raised from its partially-submerged resting place off the Tuscan island of Giglio in what engineers say is a risky and unprecedented operation.
The plan is to use cables attached to hydraulic pumps to rotate the ship upright — a process known as “parbuckling” — from the seabed onto a platform, which consists of a series of cement bags and huge under-water steel structure.
After repairs are made to the previously submerged side of the Concordia, giant steel “caissons,” or boxes, on the sides of the ship will be pumped full of air and the cruise liner will theoretically float to the surface and be towed to a nearby seaport — hopefully all in one piece.
- Raising of the Costa Concordia, one of the largest cruise ships ever built, set for September
- 952-foot ship ran aground in January 2012 on Tuscan island of Giglio, killing 32 passengers
- Unprecedented operation involves more than 500 workers, will cost at least $400 million
- Raising of Concordia is only first phase — ship must then be dismantled at nearby port
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Grounded ship Costa Concordia is expected to be raised into an upright position in September.
No official date has been set by the Italian authorities or by the two companies – Titan Salvage and Micoperi – that were awarded the recovery project, CBS News reports.
The ship ran aground off the island of Giglio on January 13 last year.
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Russia is chartering a cruise ship for the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi from an Italian company that operated the cruise ship which sank in 2012 off Italy, killing 32 people.
State-owned Rosmorport said in a statement Monday it has signed a deal with Costa Conciere to charter a 12-deck ship with 726 cabins to provide accommodation for visitors coming to the Olympics, which are being held in the Black Sea resort of Sochi.