Costa Concordia cruise ship to be raised next week

The wrecked Costa Concordia cruise ship could be upright again next week, nearly two years after the liner capsized and killed at least 30 people off the Italian coast.

The giant vessel, which has lain partly submerged in shallow waters off the Tuscan island of Giglio since the accident in January 2012, will be rolled off the seabed and onto underwater platforms.

Workers will look for the bodies of two people, an Italian and an Indian unaccounted for since the disaster, as machines haul the 114,000-tonne ship upright and underwater cameras comb the seabed.

The exact day of the Concordia’s rotation – known as parbuckling – has yet to be set, but on Wednesday Civil Protection Commissioner Franco Gabrielli said Monday was likely. Read More

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Reinsurers demand greater decision-making powers

Munich Re is calling for reinsurers to have more say in decisions relating to marine salvage and wreck-removal operations against the backdrop of increased politicisation and escalating costs surrounding the Costa Concordia cruise liner wreck.

Dieter Berg, Munich Re senior executive manager for marine, said: “In the recent past, political considerations resulting in disproportionate operational requirements have developed into the key drivers for escalating wreck-removal expenditure. “We are troubled by the fact that, although reinsurers have to pay the lion’s share of the costs, they are hardly involved in the decision-making process for the salvage operation. We would like to have a say in the measures that need to be taken.”

Reinsurers demand greater decision-making powers as wreck removal costs soar

Next steps for the Concordia

Time is running short for the next act in the Costa Concordia saga.

Italian authorities have given the go-ahead for marine salvage companies to try to tip the massive ship up off its sloped resting spot and onto a platform shelf constructed on the seabed. Once vertical, workers will be able to weld caissons onto the starboard side that will be used to refloat the ship.

The tipping maneuver, called parbuckling, may be the trickiest part of the entire operation. And despite gaining approvals, the salvage companies may yet hold off on the operations.

Delays have been the rule rather than the exception in righting the Concordia. Initially the ship was to have been raised and towed away in January, a date that slipped to March and then to September.

The clock is ticking for Concordia salvage Travel weekly

Costa Concordia Parbuckling to Get Green Light Soon

The salvage operation (known as the ‘parbuckling project’) to upright the wreck of the partially sunken ‘Costa Concordia’ has been given provisional approval by the Italian government’s Civil Protection Department and is expected ot take place at a convenient date in September.

The meeting convened in Rome was at the headquarters of the Civil Protection Department and was attended by the Emergency Commissioner Franco Gabrielli, as well as representatives from the Advisory Committee, the Observatory, the Micoperi-Titan Consortium and the cruise line Costa Crociere.

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Italy Approves Attempt To Set Costa Concordia Upright

Italy Approves Attempt To Set Costa Concordia Upright, Plan To Tow Ship’s Remains To Port

Italy has given the go-ahead for an ambitious attempt to set upright the Costa Concordia cruise liner, which went aground near an Italian island in 2012, killing 32 people.

The national Civil Protection agency said Friday the operation will be carried out later this month, once final safety certificates are issued. The exact date depends on calm seas near Giglio Island.

If engineers and crews succeed in righting the Concordia, the vessel will be eventually towed to a port for dismantling.

The manslaughter trial of the Concordia’s captain, Francesco Schettino, resumes on Sept. 23. The ship struck a reef, took on water and listed badly before capsizing off Giglio’s port.

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Italy gives OK to right capsized Costa Concordia

Italy has given the go-ahead for an ambitious attempt to set upright the Costa Concordia cruise liner, which went aground near an Italian island in 2012, killing 32 people.

The national Civil Protection agency said Friday the operation will be carried out later this month, once final safety certificates are issued. The exact date depends on calm seas near Giglio Island.

If engineers and crews succeed in righting the Concordia, the vessel will be eventually towed to a port for dismantling.

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Officials approve step in removing liner Costa Concordia

ROME, Sept. 6 (UPI) — Approval to rotate the sunken cruise ship Costa Concordia to an upright position could come by next week, Italian civil protection officers said Friday.

The rotation could be completed by the end of September.

It is considered a critical step in removing the ship from the rocks off Tuscany’s Giglio Island, where it sank in January 2012, killing 32 people, the Italian news agency ANSA reported.

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Inside 60 Minutes’ Report on Salvaging the Costa Concordia

Carnival likely isn’t thrilled by the continued coverage of the Concordia disaster, but until the ship is moved it will have to put up with the gawkers on shore and on the other side of the lens, too.

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By all accounts, the Costa Concordia — the half-sunken passenger liner marooned off the coast of Tuscany — is a surreal sight.

“You’ve got this giant thing that’s three football fields long sitting on a slanted mountainside underwater,”

Inside 60 Minutes’ Report on Salvaging the Costa Concordia Skift Travel IQ

Venice Moves A Step Closer to Banning Cruise Ships

Venice has moved a step closer to banning cruise ships from the Giudecca Canal, according to an Italian newspaper.

Italian Environment Minister Andrea Orlando is proposing enacting emergency legislation — drafted after the Costa Concordia accident — which would ban ships of more than 500 tons coming within two nautical miles of landscapes of natural or cultural importance.

Orlando tells the newspaper Il Gazzettino he will put the proposals in front of a cross-party parliamentary committee next month (October).

The move is backed by Venice’s mayor Giorgio Orsini, who wants to see cruise passengers dock at a nearby town, Porto Marghera.

Venice Moves A Step Closer to Banning Cruise Ships