Parbuckling technique is being used to raise the Costa Concordia

The Costa Concordia is being raised using a technique, known as parbuckling, never before used on a ship of this size.

The technique, according to the project’s website, involves stabilizing the ship; preparing a false bottom under the ship; and fixing watertight boxes — or caissons — to the side of the ship that is above water. Then, undersea platforms are built on which the ship will rest after rotation.

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Costa Concordia: A hulking reminder

Nineteen months after the Costa Concordia ran aground, locals and tourists work and play in the shadow of the wreck. Salvage crews, meanwhile, toil furiously.This summer, tourists on the Tuscan island of Giglio have been heading for the pretty palm-lined beach at the port, soaking up the sun and swimming out to a line of buoys. Beyond is the capsized cruise ship Costa Concordia, sitting in shallow water where passengers were sucked to their deaths by whirlpools created as the giant vessel lurched onto its side. Nineteen months after the 950-foot-long ship slammed into rocks off this Mediterranean island and came to a precarious rest on two granite outcrops, the captain, Francesco Schettino, is on trial on charges of manslaughter in the deaths of 32 people who never made it ashore on the night of Jan. 13, 2012.

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Cruise Ship Could Ruin Marine Sanctuary

The smallest mistake in refloating the crippled Costa Concordia cruise ship will sink it, creating an environmental disaster. Eighteen months ago the massive Costa Concordia cruise liner crashed onto the tiny island of Giglio, 12 miles off Italy’s western coast. Within minutes the 950-foot vessel tipped sideways, tossing passengers into the sea. In the end, 32 people died and 64 were seriously injured.

Refloating the Wrecked Costa Concordia Cruise Ship Could Ruin Marine Sanctuary Consortium for Ocean Leadership
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Costa Concordia removal to cost $1.1bn

The loss for the stricken ship Costa Concordia continues to grow with Munich Re revealing removal costs for the wreck are likely to exceed $1.1bn.
The salvage operation aims to remove the vessel intact rather than cutting it into pieces, adding to the cost and time involved in removing the wreck.
Commenting as it released its interim results on Tuesday, Munich Re raised the estimate for its own share of the burden to €100m from its previous estimate of €80m.

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The Costa Concordia’s Insurer Will Pay Over $1 Billion

Insurance industry payouts related to last year’s sinking of cruise liner Costa Concordia have continued to rise and are likely to top $1.1 billion as salvaging of the wreck continues, reinsurer Munich Re said on Tuesday. Last year the ship struck a rock as it sailed close to the picturesque island of Giglio, prompting a chaotic evacuation of more than 4,000 passengers and crew. The ship had a value of $500 million, Munich Re said. “That’s already been paid for,” Munich Re board member Torsten Jeworrek told a news conference on the reinsurer’s second-quarter earnings.

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Insurer payout for Costa Concordia disaster rising

Insurance industry payouts related to last year’s sinking of cruise liner Costa Concordia have continued to rise and are likely to top $1.1 billion as salvaging of the wreck continues, reinsurer Munich Re said on Tuesday.Last year the ship struck a rock as it sailed close to the picturesque island of Giglio, prompting a chaotic evacuation of more than 4,000 passengers and crew. The ship had a value of $500 million, Munich Re said. “That’s already been paid for,” Munich Re board member Torsten Jeworrek told a news conference on the reinsurer’s second-quarter earnings.

Insurer payout for Costa Concordia Reuters

Costa Concordia must be raised by winter or could break apart

Flavio Cirillo, Italy’s undersecretary for the environment told the Italian Parliament’s environment committee this week that the Costa Concordia must be removed before the winter. Cirillo said another winter where it now sits could spell disaster.
While the date of removal has changed many times – initially it was thought it would be long gone by now – for months the fall has been floated as the date it will be ready for towing. However, Civil Protection Department chief Franco Gabrielli now says that the companies doing the job must provide greater assurances the environment won’t be harmed for the Costa Concordia to be removed by then.

Costa Concordia must be raised by winter or could break apart Digital Journal

The battle against stomach bugs

It’s been an annus horribilus for the cruise industry.

Highly publicised mechanical problems, an onboard fire, cancellations, deaths at sea and outbreaks of sickness have followed the Costa Concordia disaster to seriously mar the reputation of the otherwise booming industry.

Images of passengers living in filthy conditions and begging to be taken off a ship drifting at sea are not exactly the makings of travel wish-lists.

Nor are reports of passengers lying in corridors or being carried off ships because they’re too sick to do anything else; it’s a public relations nightmare.

The battle against stomach bugs Stuff