The biggest engineering feat ever to be attempted on a ship of its size is a few weeks away. After months of planning, design, fabrication and installation, the 114,000-ton Costa Concordia cruise ship, which ran aground off the island of Giglio on January 13, 2012, is practically ready for parbuckling or rotation to an upright position. Months of work for close to 500 salvage operators have suffered some delays caused by weather conditions and by complications in efforts to drill and level the uneven granite seabed.
Progress is being made on the Costa Concordia recovery project.
Here you see the vessel, which went aground early last year.
The ship is expected to be lifted into an upright position next month.
It has taken months of work to prepare to get the ship upright, but removing it from the sea isn’t expected to be complete until sometime in 2014
Dates for removing the Costa Concordia from its perch 300 metres from the Italian island of Giglio have come and gone but the cruise liner hasn’t moved. But the current date, next month, got a vote of confidence from the man in charge of the project. “If things go as we are expecting. I think September will be the month of the rotation,” Franco Gabrielli told news channel SkyTG24 in Italy. He did not give a specific date but said September must be stuck to or bad weather in later months could make refloating it more difficult and even break the ship apart.
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The Costa Concordia cruise ship will be raised up next month near the Italian island where it still lies keeled over more than a year on from the deadly disaster, the salvage coordinator said on Friday. The giant liner crashed into the picturesque Tuscan island of Giglio on the night of January 13 last year with 4,229 people from 70 countries on board in a disaster that claimed 32 lives.
The Costa Concordia cruise ship will be raised up next month near the Italian island where it still lies keeled over more than a year on from the deadly disaster, the salvage co-ordinator said on Friday. The giant liner crashed into the picturesque Tuscan island of Giglio on the night of 13 January last year with 4 229 people from 70 countries on board in a disaster that claimed 32 lives. “If things go as we are expecting. I think September will be the month of the rotation,” prefect Franco Gabrielli told Italian news channel SkyTG24, declining to give a precise date.
Nick Sloane, who heads the operation to remove and salvage the Costa Concordia from her perch 300 metres off the coast of the Italian island of Giglio believes the project could turn out badly. He says the ship could break apart or “fracture.” “When we raise it you will hear the noise from the wrenching and of the fracture of internal sections but we hope the external structure remains intact,” the 52-year-old Sloane, a Senior Salvage Master with Titan Salvage, told media this week.
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Salvage crews are working against time to remove the shipwrecked Costa Concordia cruise ship, which is steadily being crushed under its own weight on its granite seabed off the Tuscan island of Giglio. Officials said Monday that if this attempt fails, there won’t be a second chance. Nick Sloane, the leader of the operation, said the Concordia has compressed some 3 meters (10 feet) since it came to rest on the rocks Jan. 13, 2012 after ramming a jagged reef during a publicity stunt allegedly ordered by the captain; 32 people were killed. Sloane, an engineer for U.S.-owned company Titan Salvage, said experts would have one chance to pull the ship upright and float it away to the mainland for demolition. The attempt will probably take place in mid-September. “We cannot put it back” down and start over, said Sloane.
The spiralling wreck removal costs for the Costa Concordia prompted many (re)insurers to increase their loss estimates for the disaster in the second quarter. International marine reinsurers have voiced concern over the potential for further deterioration in the vast $900mn removal of wreck element of the $1.14bn protection and indemnity bill for the Costa Concordia, with completion now delayed until spring 2014. The total loss tally for the marine disaster – which includes the $500mn paid loss . . . .
The man in charge of salvaging the wreck of the Costa Concordia which crashed off the coast of Tuscany last year has warned the massive luxury cruise ship could fracture when it is rotated in early September. Nick Sloane, the 52-year-old engineer who heads the world’s most biggest-ever marine salvage operation, is awaiting final approval from Italian authorities to rotate the ship in the first week of September.”When we raise it you will hear the noise from the wrenching and of the fracture of internal sections but we hope that the external structure remains intact,” Mr Sloane said. A team of 450 technicians, including 70 Britons, have been working around the clock for more than a year to stabilise and salvage the ship that crashed into rocks off the coast of Giglio on January 13 2012.