A US company that helped salvage the Costa Concordia cruise liner is one of three marine companies creating more than 90 jobs in Ringaskiddy over the next five years.
Salvage firm Resolve Marine is locating its European headquarters in Cork Harbour, creating six jobs and will be joined by wave energy company Resolute Marine Energy which is creating 80 positions.


Montco firm plays key role in Italian cruise ship’s salvage

After two and a half years, the shipwrecked Costa Concordia, whose tragic sinking off the Italian coast caught global attention, finally refloated to the surface last month with assistance from a Montgomery County-based company.

VideoRay L.L.C. of Pottstown supplied six Pro 4 remote operated vehicles (ROVs) systems, or “swimming underwater cameras,” in the Concordia operation to help salvage the Italian cruise ship and survey its wreck.

The Costa Concordia struck an uncharted rock off the coast of Giglio Island in January 2012. The engine room flooded, causing the ship to capsize. It was the largest cruise ship ever to sink, killing 32 people after it flipped.
The raising of the Costa Concordia is considered the most complex single-ship salvage operation in history.

VideoRay ROVs were used first on the Concordia by the Italian Coast Guard to assist rescue divers looking for accident victims, and several bodies were recovered during this phase.
Scott Bentley, founder and owner of VideoRay, said that the ROVs also assisted and monitored human divers and surveyed wreck damage during the salvage phase, logging approximately 45,000 hours of footage.

Montco firm plays key role in Italian cruise ship’s salvage Philly.com

‘Costa Concordia’ salvage complete

‘Costa Concordia’, the Concordia-class cruise ship that wrecked off the coast of Italy in 2012, has safely arrived at the Port of Genoa Voltri, marking completion of the largest maritime salvage job in history.
Crowley Maritime Corporation, subsidiary Titan Salvage and project partner, Micoperi, towed the disabled ship from the Tuscan Archipelago to the Mediterranean seaport of Genoa. The “delicate task” took a convoy of more than a dozen support vessels, including two tugboats with a combined 24,000 horsepower and 275 tonnes of bollard pull at the bow for the hull, and two additional auxiliary tugs positioned aft.
‘Costa Concordia’ salvage complete Maritime Journal

Costa Concordia to be towed away

Some reports suggest, however, that islanders are concerned that the complex operation to remove the huge wreck will necessitate the closure of Giglio’s ferry service – thus strangling the tourism trade for a week near the peak of the summer season.

The final decision on when to begin the delicate task of towing the wreck will be decided by sea conditions. This week La Repubblica newspaper said that, based on past weather conditions recorded by ISPRA (Institute for Environmental Protection and Research), authorities believed that any day between 13 July and 8 August might be chosen. Figures suggest that on these dates the vessel would be less likely to meet waves higher than 2ft while it is towed to the mainland.

Costa Concordia to be towed away Independent IE

Italy government sides with Costa

The Italian government has sided with cruise ship owner Costa Crociere and selected its home base of Genoa as the port where the crippled Costa Concordia ship will be dismantled for scrap.

The Tuscan port of Piombino had hoped to win the contract, given the jobs that would be created. But Costa, the consortium handling the project and several ministries said Genoa’s port was better suited. Premier Matteo Renzi said Monday the government agreed.

The Canadian Press June 30, 2014 3:49pm Italy government sides with Costa, picks its home port Genoa to dismantle crippled ConcordiaGlobal Post

Whither Costa Concordia, Amid Environmental Concerns

Two refloating sponsons is what separates the Costa Concordia cruise ship from leaving the shores of Giglio Island, Italy, where it has lain since its sinking that left 32 people dead on January 13, 2012.

The global parbuckling project is currently over 90 percent complete, and the ship is set to be removed before the end of the Italian summer but where it will then be towed is still an open question.

“The operations are going well,” Franco Porcellacchia, the engineer coordinating the removal project on behalf of the Costa Crociere company which owns the cruise ship, told IPS, “and, according to our forecasts, we will be able to refloat and remove the ship by July 20

That still does not answer the question of where the wreck will end up. While, on one hand, the dismantling constitutes a major project and economic opportunity for the port that will be chosen, on the other, Costa Crociere’s so-called ‘club of insurers’, comprising the companies that will fund the operation, are obviously concerned about its costs.”

Whither Costa Concordia, Amid Environmental Concerns IEDE

Costa Concordia: Project Progress

On June 22, Titan-Micoperi reported that all the starboard sponsons for the wreck of Costa Concordia had been attached, including the troublesome S13 flotation tank featured in my previous post. That one needed a do-over.

That leaves four sponsons to go, all on the port side, which is less damaged than the starboard side. So that’s good news for the wreck-refloating and removal later this summer.

Costa Concordia: Project Progress Disaster-Wise

Costa Concordia set to be lifted from seabed

Salvage workers are getting the cruise ship Costa Concordia ready for its final voyage.

Thirty tanks filled with air will lift the shipwreck off the seabed next month so it can be towed away and dismantled. Italian officials have said the Costa Concordia will be scrapped at a salvage yard at the port in Genoa, Italy. Ironically, the port is the headquarters of Costa Cruises.

Officials are hoping to start towing the ship on July 20 to Genoa, where the ship will be dismantled and recycled, according to a report by Voice of Russia.

Although that development, two years after the calamitous and fatal wreck, would be significant, a new technical report prepared by the ship’s parent company, Costa Cruises, said the waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea could be contaminated with chemicals and hydrocarbons as the Costa Concordia is refloated and towed away.
Costa Concordia set to be lifted from seabed Trade Only Today

Removal of Costa Concordia ‘could pollute sea’ around island of Giglio

The removal of the Costa Concordia threatens to pollute the pristine waters around the Italian island of Giglio where the ship capsized two years ago, according to a new report which has angered local officials and environmentalists.
The technical report prepared by the ship’s parent company, Costa Cruises, says that the waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea could be contaminated with chemicals and hydrocarbons as the ship is refloated and towed away in July.
The report seek to play down possible pollution as “temporary and of little significance” but the company says it also wants to ensure that nets, skimming machines and other equipment are in place to recover oil and other materials expected to be released from the 950-ft liner when it is moved.

Removal of Costa Concordia ‘could pollute sea’ around island of Giglio Telegraph