Costa Concordia to be raised in September

Progress is being made on the Costa Concordia recovery project.

Here you see the vessel, which went aground early last year.

The ship is expected to be lifted into an upright position next month.

It has taken months of work to prepare to get the ship upright, but removing it from the sea isn’t expected to be complete until sometime in 2014

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Head of Costa Concordia salvage job says ship could break apart

Nick Sloane, who heads the operation to remove and salvage the Costa Concordia from her perch 300 metres off the coast of the Italian island of Giglio believes the project could turn out badly. He says the ship could break apart or “fracture.” “When we raise it you will hear the noise from the wrenching and of the fracture of internal sections but we hope the external structure remains intact,” the 52-year-old Sloane, a Senior Salvage Master with Titan Salvage, told media this week.

Head of Costa Concordia salvage job says ship could break apart Digital Journal

Salvage crews rush for 1 chance to move Concordia

Salvage crews are working against time to remove the shipwrecked Costa Concordia cruise ship, which is steadily being crushed under its own weight on its granite seabed off the Tuscan island of Giglio. Officials said Monday that if this attempt fails, there won’t be a second chance. Nick Sloane, the leader of the operation, said the Concordia has compressed some 3 meters (10 feet) since it came to rest on the rocks Jan. 13, 2012 after ramming a jagged reef during a publicity stunt allegedly ordered by the captain; 32 people were killed. Sloane, an engineer for U.S.-owned company Titan Salvage, said experts would have one chance to pull the ship upright and float it away to the mainland for demolition. The attempt will probably take place in mid-September. “We cannot put it back” down and start over, said Sloane.

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Haunting Images Of Costa Concordia


For more than a year, the wreck of the Costa Concordia has been a tragic fixture on Tuscany’s Isola del Giglio coastline. The crumbling remains have been there for so long it has subsequently been snapped by Google Maps. Check out these amazing images to pay your respects.The Costa Concordia cruise ship ran aground in January 2012 after hitting a reef and capsizing. The accident caused the deaths of 32 passengers and left the cruise ship an unsalvageable wreck. There are plans for the ship to be towed away later this year, but until then you can view the remains on Google Maps

Costa Concordia disaster: five jailed, Captain Schettino still on trial

Four Costa Concordia crew members and a company official have been sentenced to jail in Italy for their part in the 2012 cruise ship disaster that killed 32 people. The five received sentences of between 18 and 34 months for multiple manslaughter, negligence and shipwreck, in exchange for pleading guilty. None of the five are likely to be jailed as the sentences of under two years were suspended and the longer ones may be replaced with house arrest or community service, lawyers said. “I think that the sentences are not enough,” said Robert Fehrer, 28, whose brother Szandor, a violinist, died in the disaster.

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Removal of Costa Concordia may be postponed until 2014

The removal of the half-sunk Costa Concordia cruise ship off the coast of Italy may be delayed until next year, officials said.The ship has been in its current location off the coast of Tuscany since it hit a rock formation in January 2012, killing 32 people.Franco Gabrielli, commissioner for the Costa Concordia emergency, said Friday the group needs more information from Titan Micoperi Consortium, the company responsible for the cleanup effort, Italy’s ANSA news agency reported.”If they do not provide us with a whole range of assurances, the ship will remain in its current condition until next year when the weather conditions will permit rotating it back on its axis in absolute safety,”

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Good to Go


According to The Parbuckling Project, the water condition in the island of Giglio is good. The people of Giglio received this positive news from the Observatory on the recovery of the Costa Concordia during the last, periodic information meeting on the progress of operations for the removal of the wreck.

Such findings are the result of research studies conducted by authoritative study groups composed of Arpat, Ispra and by the Universities of Florence, Pisa, Rome, Cagliari and the Politecnico of Marche.
Scientific data shows that, despite the presence of the wreck, the sea state is no different from the rest of the island waters and from the sea water of Tuscany.

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Costa Concordia Shipwreck Has Had No Impact

The Costa Concordia shipwreck has had no impact on the water quality surrounding the site or on the shores of Giglio island, scientists in Italy have determined.

Scientific data collected at the site has shown that, despite the presence of the wreck, the sea state is no different from the rest of the island’s waters and from the sea water of Tuscany. The tests were conducted on behalf of the Observatory that oversees the recovery of the Costa Concordia.

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Water quality around Costa Concordia wreck unaffected by ship

Tests released to the public on the island of Giglio in the Tuscan Bay reveal that water quality around the partially-submerged Costa Concordia is good. The tests reveal that the water by the ship is of the same quality as elsewhere in the area.
Costa Cruises, owner/operator of the Costa Concordia, is paying for the testing and they are being conducted by researchers from the University of Florence, the University of Pisa and the University of Rome, and others. Tests were conducted on not just water but also on colonies of mussels, sea urchins and fish in the area.

Water quality around Costa Concordia wreck unaffected by ship Digital Journal

Work on refloating Costa Concordia ongoing as giant box attached

Italian and American companies, Micoperi and Titan Salvage, continue working on refloating the Costa Concordia. Last week the first of 30 giant ‘boxes’ was attached to a side of the doomed cruise ship. There will be 15 of these hollow boxes on either side of the Costa Concordia. Once all 30 are in place a series of cables and pulleys will lift the boat upwards and set it in a floating position, with the hollow boxes enabling it to occur.

Work on refloating Costa Concordia ongoing as giant box attached Digital Journal