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.
Costa Concordia Salvage Makes Progress
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.
Costa Concordia salvage operation to cost £400m