COSTA CONCORDIA at Palermo. Photo and copyright Peter Knego 2008.
Pompano Beach, FL-based Titan Salvage won the bid to raise the wreck of COSTA CONCORDIA from its current resting place off Giglio Island in Tuscany, Italy. The plan will be to remove the capsized ship in one piece with assistance from Micoperi, an Italian marine contractor, and tow it to an Italian port. Whether the ship (in which 32 people perished when it was steered onto a reef and capsized on January 13) will be scrapped or rebuilt remains the subject of much conjecture.
Work is slated to begin in May and the wreck is expected to be removed within a year. The salvage crews will be based in Civitavecchia in order to not further disturb the fishing and port operations of Giglio. Titan beat out five other bidders, including the Dutch firm Smit.
Having documented over 400 passenger ships and taken more than 200 cruises, MaritimeMatters’ co-editor Peter Knego is a leading freelance cruise writer, a respected ocean liner historian and frequent maritime lecturer both on land and at sea. With his work regularly featured in cruise industry trades and consumer publications. Knego also runs the www.midshipcentury.com website which offers MidCentury cruise ship furniture, artwork and fittings rescued from the shipbreaking yards of Alang, India. He has produced several videos on the subject, including his latest, The Sands Of Alang and the best-selling On The Road To Alang."
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