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.