Italy government sides with Costa

The Italian government has sided with cruise ship owner Costa Crociere and selected its home base of Genoa as the port where the crippled Costa Concordia ship will be dismantled for scrap.

The Tuscan port of Piombino had hoped to win the contract, given the jobs that would be created. But Costa, the consortium handling the project and several ministries said Genoa’s port was better suited. Premier Matteo Renzi said Monday the government agreed.

The Canadian Press June 30, 2014 3:49pm Italy government sides with Costa, picks its home port Genoa to dismantle crippled ConcordiaGlobal Post

Whither Costa Concordia, Amid Environmental Concerns

Two refloating sponsons is what separates the Costa Concordia cruise ship from leaving the shores of Giglio Island, Italy, where it has lain since its sinking that left 32 people dead on January 13, 2012.

The global parbuckling project is currently over 90 percent complete, and the ship is set to be removed before the end of the Italian summer but where it will then be towed is still an open question.

“The operations are going well,” Franco Porcellacchia, the engineer coordinating the removal project on behalf of the Costa Crociere company which owns the cruise ship, told IPS, “and, according to our forecasts, we will be able to refloat and remove the ship by July 20

That still does not answer the question of where the wreck will end up. While, on one hand, the dismantling constitutes a major project and economic opportunity for the port that will be chosen, on the other, Costa Crociere’s so-called ‘club of insurers’, comprising the companies that will fund the operation, are obviously concerned about its costs.”

Whither Costa Concordia, Amid Environmental Concerns IEDE

Calls To Remove Costa Concordia Wreck As Soon As Possible

There have been calls by officials to remove the Costa Concordia wreckage now before it causes anymore harm to the Italian island of Giglio.

Italian Emergency Commissioner Franco Gabrielli is the official stating that the ship should be towed away as soon as possible to the nearest port of Poimbino in Tuscany for dismantling. The Costa Concordia was originally planned to be towed to Genoa, Italy but a meeting held on Wednesday between the involved companies failed to come to a consensus. According to local reports, Costa Cruises, Tuscany regional government and the province of Grosetto all voted against dismantling the ship in Genoa.

Calls To Remove Costa Concordia Wreck As Soon As Possible Cruise Hive

Remove Costa Concordia now, Italian minister says

Italy’s emergency commissioner urged the immediate removal of the shipwrecked Costa Concordia Thursday.
Franco Gabrielli said the cruise ship “must leave as soon as possible.” The ship sank after striking rocks off the coast of the island of Giglio in 2012, leading to the deaths of 32 people aboard and the continuing trial of its captain, Francesco Schittino,

Altero Matteoli, president of a public works commission, said the ship could be towed to the nearby port of Piombino for dismantling and disposal, instead of towing it to Genoa, as the original plan suggested.

Remove Costa Concordia now, Italian minister says UPI

Costa Concordia: Project Progress

On June 22, Titan-Micoperi reported that all the starboard sponsons for the wreck of Costa Concordia had been attached, including the troublesome S13 flotation tank featured in my previous post. That one needed a do-over.

That leaves four sponsons to go, all on the port side, which is less damaged than the starboard side. So that’s good news for the wreck-refloating and removal later this summer.

Costa Concordia: Project Progress Disaster-Wise

‘Political pressure’ halts plan to scrap Costa Concordia on Teesside, claims industry source

The wreck of the Costa Concordia will not be coming to Teesside.

Billingham-based Able UK was one of two frontrunners for the contract to tow the remains of the stricken ship for scrapping, after it sank in January 2012 killing 32 people.

The work was put out to tender by London Offshore Consultants at the start of this year, attracting applications from companies across Europe.

Able UK’s application raised hopes the multi-million pound contract could come to Teesside, creating work for around 100 people.

‘Political pressure’ halts plan to scrap Costa Concordia on Teesside, claims industry source Gazette Live

Cruise news: Royal Princess(es) a year-old memory

I haven’t talked about the ill-fated Costa Concordia for some time. The saga is about to come to an end.

Genoa is where the ship will be towed starting on July 20. It will be dismantled there and some parts will be recycled. Why Genoa with so many other bidders? Probably because Costa is headquartered there. The contract is worth $100 million.

I’ll bet Costa will be happy to see the end of the ship that still sits near the shore of the Island of Giglio.

Cruise news: Royal Princess(es) a year-old memory o canada

Costa Concordia set to be lifted from seabed

Salvage workers are getting the cruise ship Costa Concordia ready for its final voyage.

Thirty tanks filled with air will lift the shipwreck off the seabed next month so it can be towed away and dismantled. Italian officials have said the Costa Concordia will be scrapped at a salvage yard at the port in Genoa, Italy. Ironically, the port is the headquarters of Costa Cruises.

Officials are hoping to start towing the ship on July 20 to Genoa, where the ship will be dismantled and recycled, according to a report by Voice of Russia.

Although that development, two years after the calamitous and fatal wreck, would be significant, a new technical report prepared by the ship’s parent company, Costa Cruises, said the waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea could be contaminated with chemicals and hydrocarbons as the Costa Concordia is refloated and towed away.
Costa Concordia set to be lifted from seabed Trade Only Today

Removal of Costa Concordia ‘could pollute sea’ around island of Giglio


The removal of the Costa Concordia threatens to pollute the pristine waters around the Italian island of Giglio where the ship capsized two years ago, according to a new report which has angered local officials and environmentalists.
The technical report prepared by the ship’s parent company, Costa Cruises, says that the waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea could be contaminated with chemicals and hydrocarbons as the ship is refloated and towed away in July.
The report seek to play down possible pollution as “temporary and of little significance” but the company says it also wants to ensure that nets, skimming machines and other equipment are in place to recover oil and other materials expected to be released from the 950-ft liner when it is moved.

Removal of Costa Concordia ‘could pollute sea’ around island of Giglio Telegraph

Costa Concordia Parbuckling Update

With the installation of starboard sponson S18 (former S13 that had to be brought back for remediation to Genoa), the number of installed sponsons has reached 9 out of the total of 19 needed before refloating (15 on the starboard side, 4 on the port side to reach the total of 30).

Technicians from Titan Micoperi have now planned to continue with the installation of S14 in the next few days, upon receiving necessary permissions from the Observatory.

Costa Concordia Parbuckling Update World Maritime News