Update: September 16, 2013. During the night the ship was brought upright by the salvage team.
DigitalGlobe image of COSTA CONOCORDIA taken 308 miles above the Earth on Jan 17, 2012
The salvage of the wreck of COSTA CONCORDIA is being well covered in the media and has now reached a crucial stage at Gilio, Italy. The good news is that the daunting task of righting the vessel is thus far succeeding, with the ship now freed from the rocks she lodged on after capsizing in January 2012.
Some 20 months later, the ship is being righted onto a submerged platform constructed under her keel. Once that has been completed, she can be made seaworthy and removed from the island.
Thirty two people died when the Costa Cruise ship ran aground off the Tuscan coast and two of those killed were never found.
The operation to right COSTA CONCORDIA will continue through the night and the engineers expect this phase to continue until Tuesday morning (local time). The next phase will involve the attachment of caissons to assist in making the ship buoyant. When that is completed, the wreck can be floated away to be broken up, most likely at Aliaga, Turkey.
MARTIN COX - Founder and publisher of MaritimeMatters, inspired by maritime culture and technology growing up in the port of Southampton. He works as a photographer in Los Angeles, and his works has been exhibited in LA, San Francisco, New York, London and Iceland. Martin is the co-writer of the book “Hollywood to Honolulu; the story of the Los Angeles Steamship Company” published by the Steam Ship Historical Society of America. The Los Angeles Maritime Museum has commissioned artworks and collected his photographs.