Italy cruise ship removal plans to start

Ship owner Costa Crociere and Italy’s civil protection agency said in a statement on Wednesday that the July 14 start date would be based on the weather conditions and a final go-ahead from state environmental authorities.

“The salvage team have confirmed that the Concordia refloating operation is set to go ahead starting on Monday, July 14,” the statement said.

It added however that “final confirmation of the start of the refloating operation will not be announced until the day before it actually begins”.

Italy cruise ship removal plans to start MSN NZ

Costa Concordia refloat date set

The last Costa Concordia progress update we gave you was that the ship was all set to be refloated within a couple of weeks, and we can now tell you that the Costa Concordia refloat date looks set to commence on either July the 13th or 14th.

We have been informed that all sponsons are in position and technicians have started to make finally checks ready for the big day. There are 30 sponsons in all on both sides of the ship, which will be slowly emptied once the refloating process begins.
Costa Concordia refloat date set Publication

Insurers’ £1.2bn bill for Costa Concordia: Salvage contractors set to refloat stricken cruise ship in next two weeks

Insurers’ £1.2bn bill for Costa Concordia: Salvage contractors set to refloat stricken cruise ship in next two weeks

Salvage contractors are set to refloat the stricken cruise ship Costa Concordia within the next two weeks in the latest stage of what has become the most expensive ship recovery operation in history.

London insurers picking up the $2 billion (£1.18 billion) bill will be closely tracking the moves to float the ship.

Insurance sources said the salvage could involve a semi-submersible boat effectively carrying the Costa Concordia to nearby Genoa to be dismantled.

Insurers’ £1.2bn bill for Costa Concordia: Salvage contractors set to refloat stricken cruise ship in next two weeks Mail Online

Protestors target Concordia

The international protest group says the five-day voyage to the Italian port is a “potential environmental disaster”.

Greenpeace Italy claims the voyage to Genoa is fraught with danger because of the risk that toxic fluids still in the wreck could leak into the marine environment.

“We cannot permit another environmental disaster,” Luca Lacoboni, of Greenpeace Italy told UK newspaper The Daily Mail.

Protestors target Concordia Tradewinds

‘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 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

Aging Tuscan Port Vies to Dismantle Costa Concordia

PIOMBINO, Italy — Workers are hurriedly revamping the aged port in this smoggy Tuscan city, trucking in boulders to construct and fortify jetties, and enlarging its facilities to refit and dismantle ships. They are scheduled to dredge and deepen the harbor next month.

The work, part of a $154 million restoration that Piombino hopes will stop the port’s decline, has grown and taken on new urgency as the city competes to lure a special guest: the 950-foot-long wreck of the Costa Concordia, the cruise liner that hit a rock and capsized about 40 miles south of here two years ago.

The hulk is to be broken up for scrap, and the question of who will do the job and where it will be done is the latest chapter of a story that has moved from national shame — 32 people died in the wreck while the captain fled in a lifeboat — to engineering triumph, after a spectacular parbuckling operationturned the 114,500-ton ship back upright in September.

Aging Tuscan Port Vies to Dismantle Costa Concordia Slinking Toward Retirement

Preparations for Costa Concordia refloating begin

The first of the 19 sponsons that will be installed on the Costa Concordia in preparation for the refloating of the submerged cruise ship arrived this morning in Giglio Island, Italy.

The 810-ton, 33.5-meter wide, 11.5-meter high sponson will be one of 14 new sponsons positioned on the starboard side. Another four will be installed on the ship’s port side. The sponson has electrical-pneumatic systems and strand jacks that reach a height of more than 20 meters and depth of 10.5 meters. It will be positioned as soon as the operation will be authorized. These new sponsons are will be the last of a total of 30 needed to refloat the wreck.

Preparations for Costa Concordia refloating begin Marinelog

Tuscany to help family of diver Israel Franco Moreno killed on Concordia job

The Tuscany regional government said Tuesday that it is offering financial assistance to the family of a diver who was killed while working on the wreck of the Costa Concordia cruise liner. Israel Franco Moreno, 42, of Spain died Saturday while assisting with the salvage operation of the Costa Concordia, which killed 32 people when it crashed on rocks and sank in January 2012 off the Tuscan coast near Grossetto. Hundreds were injured in the shipwreck and since the disaster, efforts have been made to refloat the stricken liner so it can be towed away for salvage after it was set upright in September. An investigation is continuing but it is believed that Moreno, while trying to attack floatation tanks to the Concordia wreck, cut his leg and bled to death, despite efforts by his diving partner to get him to the surface and waiting paramedics.

Tuscany to help family of diver killed on Concordia job Gazetta del sud
Costa Concordia diver dies while working on wreckage Yachting & Boating World
Costa Concordia Diver Fatally Injured in Underwater Accident Marine Link
COSTA CONCORDIA Diver Dies After Injury Shipping Times
Costa Concordia takes 33rd victim as diver dies during salvage op Digital Journal
Diver killed working on Concordia in Italy ABC
Diver dies during work on Concordia Times of Malta