Teesside could miss out on scrappage work due to political pressure

Able UK bosses say work to could go to Italy due to ‘political pressure’ for the job to be carried out in the stricken cruise liner’s home country.

The wreck of the Costa Concordia could be dismantled in Italy instead of Teesside due to political pressure, Able UK bosses have claimed.

They say the Billingham-based company is one of two frontrunners for the work to scrap the vessel, which sank almost two years ago near an Italian island, killing 32 people.

Its rival – an Italian company – could win the contract due to political pressure for the work to be carried out in the stricken cruise liner’s home country.

Teesside could miss out on scrappage work due to political pressure Gazette Live

Concordia salvage could damage tourism

The mayor of Giglio, the island off Tuscany where the Costa Concordia capsized in 2012, killing 32 people, has called for the removal of the wreck to be postponed until September in order to “safeguard the tourism industry”.

An operation to remove the wreck, which was pulled upright last September, is scheduled to get underway in June.

The rusting cruise liner has dominated the port of Giglio for more than two years, but the island’s mayor Sergio Ortelli has argued that the timing of its removal clashes with the onset of the tourism season, La Stampa reported.

He also lamented the “total lack of information” from the authorities over the timing and process of the removal operation, saying it could seriously impact tourism and had “made Giglio afraid”.

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Costa Concordia must be scrapped in EU’ says Greenpeace

Greenpeace Italy on Monday called for the Costa Concordia wreck to be disposed of safely in a European port following the 1992 Basel Convention, which among other measures bans the export of hazardous naval waste from industrialized to non-industrialized nations. “The European Commission (EC) in 2012 excluded ships from the Basel Convention. This led to the dismantling of ship demolition facilities in the EU while favoring the export of such ships to Turkey and other Asian nations,” said Greenpeace Italy Campaign Director Alessandro Gianni…

Costa Concordia must be scrapped in EU’ says Greenpeace Gazetta Del Sud

‘Record’ nominations for Fugro

Dutch technical consultancy company, Fugro, is among the shortlisted for this year’s Ground Engineering (GE) Awards, with a “record number of shortlisted nominations” in three categories.
The company has been nominated for the Ground Investigation Specialist of the Year award, and has two nominations for the Technical Excellence award – one for its powerful T120 pile-top drill and the other for its drilling activity in the Costa Concordia salvage operation.
“This is a record number of shortlisted nominations for us,” said Tony Hodgson, global business development manager, Fugro Renewable Services.

‘Record’ nominations for Fugro MJ

Kinellar firm assists salvage

Award- winning local haulage firm Grampian Continental has recently completed a six-figure contract with stricken cruise vessel, the Costa Concordia.

The Kinellar based firm has been working as part of the salvage project of the Costa Concordia, which sank in January 2012 off the coast of Tuscany, Italy.

The haulage firm, which was launched in 2009 by directors Gavin Murray, Neil Bremner and Michael Lacey, utilised its bases in Europe to help transport the specialist equipment that was used to raise the vessel out of the water, at the start of this year.

Kinellar firm assists salvage Publication

Diver Killed While Working on Costa Concordia in Italy

A diver died Saturday while working on the shipwrecked Costa Concordia, apparently gashing his leg on an underwater metal sheet while preparing the wreck for removal, officials and news reports said.

Italy’s civil protection agency, which is overseeing the removal of the Concordia from Tuscany’s coast, said the diver hailed from Spain.

Diver Killed While Working on Costa Concordia in Italy Claims Journal

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.

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Who will get ‘most expensive wreck recovery ever’?

Italy: The Costa Concordia cruise vessel will be floated off the seabed near the Italian island of Giglio in June to be towed away and scrapped. But it has yet to be decided where the ship, which is some two-and-a-half times the size of the Titanic, will be dismantled, reports Engineering & Technology magazine.

The Costa Concordia capsized two years ago after hitting rocks, with the loss of 32 lives. According to Franco Gabrielli, the man tasked by the Italian government with overseeing the salvage operation, around 12 companies are expected to bid for the dismantling contract.

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Shipwrecked Costa Concordia To Be Removed In June

The Costa Concordia cruise ship wreck will start its final phase of an unprecedented $817 million salvage effort in June when it will be taken off Tuscany and moved off to a port to be disassembled, the Associated Press reported.

The timetable and the rundown of what would be needed for the ship to be refloated again was provided by Italy’s civil protection chief and Costa Crociere officials at a news conference on Friday.

The conference was held just days before the second anniversary of the ship’s January 13, 2012, grounding that killed 32 people, the AP reported. Piombino, Genoa, Palermo and Civitavecchia are some of the ports that are bidding to take in the wreck and dismantle it for scrap. Ports in France, Turkey, Britain and even China are also bidding for the job.

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Concordia wreck to be examined

THE wreck of the Costa Concordia cruise liner is to be inspected for the first time since its fatal 2012 accident, after an Italian judge agreed to let experts climb aboard to collect fresh evidence.

On January 23, a delegation is to inspect the bridge of the vessel to check for any remaining electronic apparatus and to look at the on-board lifts.

Four days later, the experts are to return to the ship to inspect the emergency generator, which failed to activate on the night of the disaster. The dates might change, however, in case of bad weather.