After 30 months of presence on the Italian islands of Giglio near Tuscany, the massive wreck of the Costa Concordia, 951.8 ft long, 124.6 ft wide and 64.9 ft deep, has been shifted off the rock in which it had become embedded, re-floated and towed out to sea to arrive some five days later in the port of Genoa where it will be dismantled and scrapped.
A painful sight for the islanders of Giglio, reminded every day about the terrible tragedy that occurred, the departure of the relic of the ship, came with relief and also with some sadness as many goodbyes had to be said to the several worthy people and engineers, divers and all sorts of personnel that had practically made Giglio their home during these long months and who became greatly admired and appreciated for the salvage operation being carried out successfully and sensitively towards the people, those 32 passengers and crew who lost their lives, their families and the island and most importantly, the maritime environment. At every stage of the plan, preserving the clear sea waters was paramount and an integral part of the engineering feat.
Costa Concordia Publication
After two years, the Costa Concordia was finally righted, refloated and towed to the safe harbours of Genoa. This is what the rescue mission looked like from the European Space Agency’s new Sentinel-1A satellite.
The Sentinel-1A is in fact the first satellite launched as part of Europe’s Copernicus environment monitoring programme: it’s brand new, and being used to surveil the marine environment, so it was perfect for keeping track of the Costa Concordia.
This Is What The Costa Concordia Rescue Looked Like From Space Publication
People on lifeboats evacuate the Costa Concordia after it ran aground on Jan. 13, 2012, killing 32 people. The cruise ship is the subject of the biggest salvage operation in maritime history
Workers stand on the Costa Concordia cruise ship near the port on Jan. 8, 2013 on the Italian island of Giglio.
Run Aground: A Look Back at the Wreck of the Costa Concordia NBC News
The Titan-Micoperi salvage team has successfully completed the first stage of its operation to refloat Costa Cruises’ Costa Concordia off the coast of Giglio Island, Italy.
Engineers started the operation to refloat the ship on 14 July after Nick Sloane, the senior salvage master, and the rest of his team arrived at the Remote Operations Center, which is located on Concordia. Work to remove the final 1,000 tonnes of weight began at 8.30am.
Concordia has now been partially refloated and her bow and stern are about 2.2m above the underwater platform she has been resting on since the parbuckling project started in September 2016.
The Titan-Micoperi salvage team has successfully completed the first stage of its operation to refloat Costa Cruises’ Costa Concordia off the coast of Giglio Island, Italy. Cruise and Ferry
THE wreck of the luxury liner Costa Concordia has been refloated to be towed away for scrap, two-and-a-half years after it capsized off the Italian coast, killing 32 people.
The rusty hulk of the once-gleaming-white 290-yard-long ship, which ran aground on rocks near the Tuscan holiday island of Giglio while carrying out a display manoeuvre, had been resting on a temporary platform since being righted a year ago.
In what has become one of the largest salvage operations in history, air was pumped into 30 large metal boxes, or sponsons, attached around the hull of the 114,500 tonne ship.
Costa Concordia is refloated off coast Herald Scotland
More than two years after it ran aground off the Italian coast, the cruise ship Costa Condordia is floating again. Salvage workers managed that feat Monday by expelling water from large caissons, the pontoons that are attached to its sides.
“Six hours after the refloating began, the 115,000-ton vessel had cleared its custom-made platform by one meter,” reports NPR’s Sylvia Poggioli. “The ship is to be raised another meter today. Then it will be towed 90 feet eastward and anchored to the seabed and land with chains and cables.”
The initial moments of the refloating were seen as the most dangerous, as it wasn’t known if the hull could maintain its integrity. Today marks another step in the largest maritime salvage operation in history.
Costa Concordia Cruise Ship Floats Again, After 2 Years wgcu.org
The largest salvage operation in maritime history is nearing completion. The sunken cruise ship Costa Concordia was successfully refloated this morning off the coast of Italy. The vessel struck a reef and capsized two and a half years ago, killing 32 people. People gathered near the shore to watch the operation, and memorialize the victims of the shipwreck.
Sunken Costa Concordia Refloated 999ktdy
Engineers begin the delicate and difficult task of refloating and towing away the Costa Concordia which crashed off the Italian island of Giglio in 2012. 32 people died in the incident.
Italian authorities say work to float the shipwrecked Costa Concordia so it can be towed away for scrapping can start Monday, weather-permitting.
The cruise liner struck a reef when it came too close to Giglio Island in January 2012 and capsized, killing 32 people. After a daring engineering operation set the Concordia upright in September, crews fastened huge tanks to its flanks like water wings to float it off underwater platforms for towing to Genoa, on the mainland, for scrapping.
Wrecked shipwork to start Pueblo Chieftan
Officials to search Costa Concordia for lost body before scrapping it New York Post
Costa Concordia wreck to be moved BBC
Costa Concordia Wreckage to Be Moved Boston.com
Italian authorities said Saturday that work to float the shipwrecked Costa Concordia so it can be towed away for scrapping can begin Monday. The cruise liner struck a reef when it came too close to Giglio Island in January 2012 and capsized, killing 32 people. After an engineering operation set the Concordia upright in September, crews fastened tanks to its flanks like water wings to float it off underwater platforms for towing to Genoa for scrapping. Concordia’s Italian captain is being tried for manslaughter, causing the shipwreck and abandoning ship.
Costa Concordia wreck set to move SFGate
Removing the shipwrecked Costa Concordia has been a slow project. Crews finally flipped it upright last year, and now the real challenge begins: taking it off the coast of Giglio Island to a port in Genoa for dismantling. Work starts Monday, and it’s gonna be a doozy.
As of today, the ship rests upright on an underwater platform, wearing 30 water-filled metal tanks arranged along its flanks. Starting Monday, engineers will pump those tanks full compressed air, lifting the 104 million kilogram ship up off the platform.
At first, the team will only lift the Concordia a metre or so, to inspect its structure and see if it’s solid enough to survive transport 240km to Genoa…
The Complex Project To Salvage The Costa Concordia Starts On Monday Gizmodo Australia