A press conference was held in Rome, Italy, today by Costa Crociere and the Protezione Civile to provide an update on the COSTA CONCORDIA salvage operations known as the “Parbuckling Project”.
Speakers included Andrea Orlando, Italy’s Minister of Environment; Franco Gabrielli, Italian Government Deputy Commissioner for the Concordia emergency; Michael Thamm, chief executive officer, Costa Cruises; and Franco Porcellacchia, project manager removal project, Costa Cruises. Removal of the wreck will begin in June, with ports in Italy, Britain, France, Turkey and China all bidding for the contract to dismantle the ship, officials say.
Recent operations at Giglio included “winterization measures” to guarantee additional stability of the wreck for the winter season. Completed in December 2013, this consisted of positioning 28 tubular steel braces connecting sponsons on the wreck to underwater platforms on the offshore side; putting grout bags on the inshore side and installation of an additional holdback system for the bow.
COSTA CONCORDIA Conference Maritime Matters
The Italian Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport (MIT) released the long awaited English translation of its report on the safety technical investigation into the marine casualty on January 13, 2012 involving the cruise ship Costa Concordia.
The ship capsized as a result of large-scale internal flooding from a 53-meter long breach of its hull involving five watertight compartments. The breach occurred when the ship allided at a speed of 16 knots with the Scole Rocks off Giglio Island in the Tyrrhenian Sea at 21 45 07 local time.
Costa Concordia Incident Report released Ministero delle infrastrutture e dei trasporti
The report reveals that the former Captain of the Costa Concordia, Captain Francesco Schettino, was in command of the vessel in January 2012 when it hit rocks off the coast of Tuscany, killing 32 people, with a catalogue of errors by the captain documented in the report. Captain Schettino, who is charged with manslaughter and abandoning ship and potentially facing 20 years in prison for his part in the maritime disaster off the island of Giglio, is blamed not only for causing the accident, but also for delaying the evacuation, leaving 300 passengers on board, when he boarded a lifeboat, with 80 still fighting for their lives when he was already ashore.
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