The Costa Concordia will be scrapped at the port of Genoa, Italian officials controlling the clean-up of the tragic cruise ship have announced. That leaves Piombino, near the island of Giglio where the ship hit a reef and listed over, losing out.
There were other ports, notably in China and Turkey, that bid for the contract but the port at Genoa is one of Europe’s most modern; another factor in the decision may have been that Genoa is where Costa Cruises, owner of the ship, has its headquarters located. The port of Piombino in Tuscany, only 40 miles from Giglio, was rushing to modernize in an effort to get the contract, but to no avail.
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The two-year saga of Costa Concordia’s planned removal from waters offshore from Giglio, Italy, is apparently nearing a close. Weather permitting, the ship will be transported to Genoa, Italy on July 20. It will then be scrapped.
Scrapping in Genoa?
The Italian newspaper, Il Sole 24 Ore, has reported that the decision to scrap the ship in Genoa, rather than at another yard in Turkey or elsewhere, occurred during a meeting last week at Costa Crociere’s Genoa headquarters.
Italian officials reportedly had lobbied for the scrapping to be conducted in Italy, although companies in several countries bid on the project. While some bids were cheaper than that of the Genoa bid, the lengthier water journeys needed to reach yards in other countries could also be more risky, given the fragility of the ship.
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I can confirm that… the dismantling of the ship will take place in an Italian port,” Transport Minister Maurizio Lupi said on Friday.
Several ports had been bidding to win the contract to dismantle the wrecked ship, including ports in Britain, France, Norway and Turkey.
Italy’s Il Sole 24 Ore newspaper reported that the ship would be scrapped in Genoa, though Lupi said the final decision was still to be taken on which of several possible Italian ports would get the bid.
According to Il Sole 24 Ore, the ship’s owners have chosen a consortium consisting of oil service company Saipem and Genoa-based companies Mariotti and San Giorgio.
It added that Costa Cruises, Europe’s biggest cruise operator, had decided to begin the delicate operation to re-float the vessel on July 20th.
The stricken ship would then be towed 280 kilometres (170 miles) to Genoa.
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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.
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Local authorities attempt to force $275m demolition contract to be kept in Italy ahead of decisive Rome meeting next week, putting the $30m deal at risk from Boskalis for the use of the semi-submersible heavylift ship Dockwise Vanguard
The president of Tuscany has said he will ban the semi-submersible heavylift ship Dockwise Vanguard from approaching the Island of Giglio in a statement that seems set to make sure that the wreck of the Costa Concordia will be demolished in Italy.
Enrico Rossi says he is ready to physically prevent the Boskalis vessel, the largest of its type in the world, from entering the region to lift and transport the wreck because of environmental hazards. Lifting the stricken cruiseship onto the 117,000-ton-lift-capacity Dockwise Vanguard (built 2012) runs the risk of displacing thousands of tons of water, much of it polluted by the ship’s sewage and other contaminants.
Rossi is prepared to “deploy a small chain of boats around the wreck to protect it” from the Dockwise Vanguard.
The move would, in effect, prevent the wreck being transported to breaking yards in the UK, France or Turkey that are bidding for the job.
Instead, it will leave the owner and its underwriters with little option but to break up the rusting hulk at the Italian ports of Genoa or Piombino, which are desperate to take on the ship for economic reasons, and are only five days’ sailing away in Italy.
One local source closely connected with the project predicted: “She won’t be leaving Italy.”
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The mammoth project to refloat the doomed Costa Concordia cruise ship has been suspended until a decision is made over which port will scrap the wreck, Italian media said Wednesday.
The ship’s owner Costa has decided temporarily to halt the unprecedented project to float the 290-metre (951-foot) long vessel, over environmental concerns raised by the body charged with overseeing the salvage, according to reports.
The supervisory body “requested supplementary information on the environmental impact,” said Sergio Girotto, project manager for the Titan Micoperi salvage effort — prompting Costa to stop the works while it obtained more detailed information on the floating process.
Italian ports are fighting off competition from Turkey to scrap the Concordia, which sank off the Tuscan island of Giglio in 2012, leaving 32 people dead.
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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.
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Let’s try getting a better sense of what’s to come in terms of search, rescue, and salvage operations down off Korea’s southwestern coast.
For that, Captain Nicholas Sloane joins us live on the line from Italy.
Nicholas Sloane is a marine master with over 30 years of experience and was in charge of salvage operations of the wrecked Costa Concordia cruise ship off Italy.
Captain Sloane, thank you so much for joining us.
Let’s start with the search and rescue operations here in Korea, now in their tenth day.
Based on your expertise and experience in the field, which stage is the Korean rescue team at?
How does this case compare with the Costa Concordia case?
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An Italian official is pressing for the speedy removal of the shipwrecked cruise liner, the Costa Concordia, warning that the hulk may break up in winter storms.
Franco Gabrielli, head of the removal efforts, told residents of the tiny Mediterranean island of Giglio on Monday that the ship must be towed by September at the latest. Gabrielli says another winter’s worth of storms may damage the ship to such an extent that towing won’t be possible.
He pressed various national, regional and local authorities to move forward on plans.
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Cruise Ship Down: Saving Concordia centers on the engineering efforts to remove the ill-fated Costa Concordia from the coast of Italy, where it became shipwrecked in 2012. The one-hour documentary comes from Smithsonian Networks.
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