Valves Help Salvage the Costa Concordia

KSB Group supplied 328 pneumatically actuated butterfly valves used in the salvaging of the cruise ship Costa Concordia which capsized off Giglio island on 13 January 2012. The valves serve to fill and vent tanks located in giant steel boxes, so-called sponsons, the first 15 of which were welded to the port-side hull and acted as ballasting bodies when righting the wreck. At a later stage, these sponsons together with the other 15 to be installed on the star-board side of the cruise ship will be flooded and used to stabilise the wreck.

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Drowning on Cruise Ship

A Carnival Cruise ship suffered a casualty on October 14 when Qwentyn Hunter, a six year old Winter Garden boy who had been swimming with his ten year old brother, drowned in the pool.

Six year old Qwentyn could not be revived. He had been a client of Ariza Talent and Modeling Agency.

The cruise was returning from the Caribbean.

Carnival Cruise Lines Victory does not have lifeguards. There’s no law requiring cruise ship lifeguards, though the lack is a controversial topic. A parent was at the pool at the time of the accidental drowning.

KSB Valves Used in Costa Concordia Salvage

Over three hundred ISORIA pneumatically actuated butterfly valves have been supplied by the KSB Group for use in the salvaging of the cruise ship Costa Concordia, which capsized off Giglio Island on January 13, 2012.

The role of the 328 valves is to fill and vent tanks located in the sponsons (giant steel boxes), the first 15 of which were welded to the port-side hull to act as ballasting bodies when righting the wreck. At a later stage, these sponsons, together with another 15 to be installed on the star-board side of the cruise ship, will be flooded and used to stabilize the wreck.

KSB Valves Used in Costa Concordia Salvage Marine Link

Costa Concordia Wreck: Winter Weather

Works to increase stability of the uprighted, but still grounded, wreck are in progress at Giglio island as winter approaches.

Adverse weather conditions registered recently, have caused minor movements of the wreck, considered by engineers as settlement on the false seabed, confirm the need to move forward with the so-called winterization measures to further stabilize the wreck for the winter.

The Commissioner for the Concordia emergency Franco Gabrielli, the Chairman of the Observatory Maria Sargentini, Mayor Sergio Ortelli and representatives from Costa and Titan Micoperi, met with the population of Giglio to update them on activities planned and ongoing.

Three winterization precautions were explained:

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Firm Weighing Options for Removing Costa Concordia

Costa Crociere and Dockwise, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V., have signed a contract valued at about $30 million that ensures the world’s largest semi-submersible ship will be available when the uprighted Costa Concordia is refloated next year so it can be removed from Giglio island. Costa Crociere, the cruise line, is still considering several options for moving it, according to the company’s latest news release, but the semi-submersible’s owner reported the contract calls for that ship to do the removal.

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Costa Concordia to be removed by massive Dutch transport ship

A Dutch salvage firm, Royal Boskalis NV said on Thursday they’ve won a $30 million contract to remove the Costa Concordia. The Italian cruise ship partially sunk 300 metres off of the shore of Giglio Island in the Tuscan Bay on Jan. 13, 2012.

Royal Boskalis NV plans to remove the Costa Concordia next summer by use of their giant ship, the Dockwise Vanguard, normally used for transporting oil platforms. The 114,000 ton Costa Concordia partially sunk when a hole was torn into its hull after it hit a reef.

Dockwise Vanguard to remove Costa Concordia
The largest semi-submersible ship in the world, the Dockwise Vanguard has a flat deck that is 275 metres by 70 metres and is designed to carry extremely heavy and large loads. It fills ballast tanks with water and operates while sitting below water level.
“When the ballast tanks are flooded, the ship deck submerges below the surface, allowing her to handle deep draught cargoes,” a Royal Boskalis press release reads. “Once the Dockwise Vanguard is semi-submersed, the floating Concordia will be brought in position above the deck and as the ballast tanks are emptied, the entire ship, including the Costa Concordia, is brought above the water line, allowing her to transport the cargo in a safe and swift manner.”

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Nearly 200 Missing After Boat Capsizes in River in Mali

A boat carrying hundreds of passengers along the Niger River in central Mali capsized, and nearly 200 people remained unaccounted for hours later, the mayor of a nearby town said Saturday.

Twenty bodies had been recovered by midday, said the mayor of the town, Konna. At least 400 passengers were believed to have been on board the vessel on Friday as it traveled north to Timbuktu, but only 210 survivors had been counted so far, said the mayor, Sory Diakite.

One passenger, Ibrahim Yattara, 29, said he and his pregnant wife were sleeping on the boat late Friday when they awoke to a loud noise.

“It was then that the ship collapsed because it was overloaded with cargo,” Mr. Yattara said. “With the excess weight, it broke into two pieces. I started to swim and looked for my wife, but after a while the boat was completely underwater.”
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World’s biggest submersible will carry Costa Concordia

A Dutch salvage firm has won a £20 million contract to remove the wreckage of Costa Concordia from the Italian island of Giglio. The cruise ship, which was raised upright in a complicated operation last month, will be carried on Dockwise Vanguard, the world’s largest semi-submersible ship.

The vessel, more used to transporting oil platforms, has a flat deck measuring 900 feet by 230 feet and is raised and lowered by filling ballast tanks with water.

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Costa Concordia wreck can be lifted by huge salvage vessel

The wreck of the Costa Concordia cruise ship could be loaded aboard a colossal salvage vessel after a deal was struck with a Dutch company, according to BBC News.

The Dockwise Vanguard, capable of picking up oil rigs, has been recruited as an option to move the ship. The vessel can sink under the Concordia then rise up to lift it clear of the water before sailing it to be scrapped.

Some 32 people died after the Concordia ran aground with more than 4,000 passengers and crew in January 2012.

Salvage teams moved the ship to an upright position last month, enabling divers to find the remains of one of two people who were still unaccounted for.

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