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.”

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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.

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