Costa Concordia as it appeared from space on Jan. 17, 2012. Photo By DigitalGlobe

On the morning of March 24th at 08.00 CET SMIT Salvage successfully completed the removal of fuel from the stricken cruise ship Costa Concordia leaving many to wonder what’s the next step?

Final bids have been submitted and negotiations are ongoing between Costa and various salvage companies, however the Examiner reports, whoever gets the job will have to refloat the ship and tow it to its home port of Genoa in one piece.

While an official press release has yet to be released, company officials have said the ship will be removed in its entirety.  Ten companies have been vying for the project but the word on the street is that Smit-Tek is currently the frontrunner.

We have also heard that this monumental task may be shared as a joint operation consisting of two or more salvage companies.

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