The two-year saga of Costa Concordia’s planned removal from waters offshore from Giglio, Italy, is apparently nearing a close. Weather permitting, the ship will be transported to Genoa, Italy on July 20. It will then be scrapped.
Scrapping in Genoa?
The Italian newspaper, Il Sole 24 Ore, has reported that the decision to scrap the ship in Genoa, rather than at another yard in Turkey or elsewhere, occurred during a meeting last week at Costa Crociere’s Genoa headquarters.
Italian officials reportedly had lobbied for the scrapping to be conducted in Italy, although companies in several countries bid on the project. While some bids were cheaper than that of the Genoa bid, the lengthier water journeys needed to reach yards in other countries could also be more risky, given the fragility of the ship.
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