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Raising CONCORDIA

Posted on Sunday, April 22, 2012 by

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.

 

7 Responses to Raising CONCORDIA

  1. Phil C

    April 25, 2012 at 4:23 am

    Some great photos opportunities to observe one of the biggest salvage operations at close range. Only one year to remove it; pretty impressive.

  2. mike wolstencroft

    April 26, 2012 at 3:23 am

    Harmony Cruises bound?

  3. Bob Graham

    April 29, 2012 at 5:51 am

    I wonder if ambitious topside cutting will be necessary to gain righting moment, and the result will be reminiscent of post-fire NORMANDIE.

  4. Mike Perkins

    May 14, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    This will be the most amazing salvage operation in the history of marine salvage. Nothing has ever been done on this scale before. Real state of the art stuff. It will be fascinating to see if Titan can really can right the ship and keep it in one piece. If they can remove it and tow it away in one piece, my bet is that it will be refurbished and will sail again for someone else far away and obviously under another name. It will be interesting to see if the passengers possessions, valuables, and money on the ship are recovered and returned.

  5. Dan

    May 28, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    It will be a fascinating process…and the first thing that came to mind was the NORMANDIE. Granted there is a major difference-
    Concordia is resting on a ledge not fully on her side…so the center of gravity will hopefully play in Titan’s favor. Also
    lifting/salvage techniques have come a long way since the brute force that was the Normandie salvage.
    I submit however, present nautical designs may suggest that such vessels are top heavy to start with. The superstructure(s) of modern vessels present boxy, un-nautical appearances…more condo-like than traditional upswept hulls and upper works of older ships.
    Granted, designers can squeeze in all kinds of extra space…but to what end?

  6. Ray Fletcher

    May 30, 2012 at 12:30 am

    I remain sceptical about the refloating, as all the boat deck doors, will be open on the Costa’s Concordia Starboard side & doubtless other doors, These will have to be closed, in order to pump out the hull. Micoperi do have a barge with a 25,000 ton crane. but it would need the assistance of further oilfield contractors big crane barges. J.Ray MacDermott springs to mind. Smit’s have sheer legs. Would be more practical to cut it up where it lays, into 10,000 ton bits, using shaped charges explosives. We will see what happens, using cranes to pull her upright, she may well slip down into 350 feet of water. Ray Fletcher .

  7. Steve

    June 4, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    I think there are no plans to pump her out and use the tanks being added to her sides to make her float, cant see her making it back to service, wanter damage will be huge due to the time she has been on her side. Hope Discovery Channel make a series on this, will be great

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