Costa Concordia Parbuckling to Get Green Light Soon

The salvage operation (known as the ‘parbuckling project’) to upright the wreck of the partially sunken ‘Costa Concordia’ has been given provisional approval by the Italian government’s Civil Protection Department and is expected ot take place at a convenient date in September.

The meeting convened in Rome was at the headquarters of the Civil Protection Department and was attended by the Emergency Commissioner Franco Gabrielli, as well as representatives from the Advisory Committee, the Observatory, the Micoperi-Titan Consortium and the cruise line Costa Crociere.

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Italy Approves Attempt To Set Costa Concordia Upright

Italy Approves Attempt To Set Costa Concordia Upright, Plan To Tow Ship’s Remains To Port

Italy has given the go-ahead for an ambitious attempt to set upright the Costa Concordia cruise liner, which went aground near an Italian island in 2012, killing 32 people.

The national Civil Protection agency said Friday the operation will be carried out later this month, once final safety certificates are issued. The exact date depends on calm seas near Giglio Island.

If engineers and crews succeed in righting the Concordia, the vessel will be eventually towed to a port for dismantling.

The manslaughter trial of the Concordia’s captain, Francesco Schettino, resumes on Sept. 23. The ship struck a reef, took on water and listed badly before capsizing off Giglio’s port.

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Italy gives OK to right capsized Costa Concordia

Italy has given the go-ahead for an ambitious attempt to set upright the Costa Concordia cruise liner, which went aground near an Italian island in 2012, killing 32 people.

The national Civil Protection agency said Friday the operation will be carried out later this month, once final safety certificates are issued. The exact date depends on calm seas near Giglio Island.

If engineers and crews succeed in righting the Concordia, the vessel will be eventually towed to a port for dismantling.

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Officials approve step in removing liner Costa Concordia

ROME, Sept. 6 (UPI) — Approval to rotate the sunken cruise ship Costa Concordia to an upright position could come by next week, Italian civil protection officers said Friday.

The rotation could be completed by the end of September.

It is considered a critical step in removing the ship from the rocks off Tuscany’s Giglio Island, where it sank in January 2012, killing 32 people, the Italian news agency ANSA reported.

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A world askew: Shooting the Costa Concordia

By all accounts, the Costa Concordia — the half-sunken passenger liner marooned off the coast of Tuscany — is a surreal sight.

“You’ve got this giant thing that’s three football fields long sitting on a slanted mountainside underwater,” says 60 Minutes producer Rich Bonin, whose story on the Costa Concordia salvage project aired on the broadcast this week. “It’s like nothing you’ve ever seen before.”

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How Concordia Will be Raised

It’s been 19 months since the Costa Concordia, one of the largest cruise liners ever built, ran aground off the west coast of Italy, killing 32 passengers and capsizing after granite rock tore a 50-meter hole in the ship’s hull. But in September the rotting 952-foot wreck is set to be raised from its partially-submerged resting place off the Tuscan island of Giglio in what engineers say is a risky and unprecedented operation. The plan is to use cables attached to hydraulic pumps to rotate the ship upright — a process known as “parbuckling” — from the seabed onto a platform, which consists of a series of cement bags and huge under-water steel structure…

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Blister Tanks Installed on Costa Concordia

The latest step to be completed in the project to turn the stranded cruise ship Costa Concordia upright, so it can be floated away from the Italian island Giglio, is the installation of two blister tanks on the ship’s bow. An Aug. 27 release posted on the website maintained by the Titan Salvage/Micoperi salvage operation indicated the two steel tanks have been set in place. Earlier this year, the companies said they expected to turn the ship in September. “The two blister tanks are special sponsons that provide a net buoyancy of about 4,000 tons and will support the bow during the next three phases of the process: the rotation of the wreck into a vertical position (the so called “Parbuckling”); the resting of the wreck on the artificial seabed; and the refloating,” it stated.

Blister Tanks Installed on Costa Concordia

Costa Concordia: How ill-fated cruise liner will be raised

It’s been 19 months since the Costa Concordia, one of the largest cruise liners ever built, ran aground off the west coast of Italy, killing 32 passengers and capsizing after granite rock tore a 50-meter hole in the ship’s hull.
But in September the rotting 952-foot wreck is set to be raised from its partially-submerged resting place off the Tuscan island of Giglio in what engineers say is a risky and unprecedented operation.
The plan is to use cables attached to hydraulic pumps to rotate the ship upright — a process known as “parbuckling” — from the seabed onto a platform, which consists of a series of cement bags and huge under-water steel structure.
After repairs are made to the previously submerged side of the Concordia, giant steel “caissons,” or boxes, on the sides of the ship will be pumped full of air and the cruise liner will theoretically float to the surface and be towed to a nearby seaport — hopefully all in one piece.

Grounded Costa Concordia cruise ship is ready to roll, literally

The biggest engineering feat ever to be attempted on a ship of its size is a few weeks away. After months of planning, design, fabrication and installation, the 114,000-ton Costa Concordia cruise ship, which ran aground off the island of Giglio on January 13, 2012, is practically ready for parbuckling or rotation to an upright position. Months of work for close to 500 salvage operators have suffered some delays caused by weather conditions and by complications in efforts to drill and level the uneven granite seabed.

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