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 Crociereâ€™s so-called â€˜club of insurersâ€™, comprising the companies that will fund the operation, are obviously concerned about its costs.”