Platform 1 being lifted into place. Photo: Parbuckling Project

Platform 1 being lifted into place. Photo: Parbuckling Project

The salvage operation to remove the Costa Concordia cruise ship from the shores of Giglio hit a milestone today when crews positioned the largest of five subsea support platforms onto the seabed next to the wreck.

The platform, known as Platform No. 1, will be secured to the granite seabed in order to provide support when uprighting the ship.

FULL COVERAGE: Costa Concordia Salvage

Platform no. 1 was built at the Rosetti shipyard in Marina di Ravenna and weighs about 1,000 tonnes. It measures 40m by 33m, is 22m tall and is supported by 5 big pillars almost 2m in diameter.

The operation was carried out using the dynamically positioned heavy lift ship Svenja, which is owned and operated by SAL Heavy Lift.

At about 8:30 a.m., the Svenja lifted the structure from a barge and positioned it into place below the Costa Concordia using its two large cranes.

So far, three smaller platforms have been installed below the wreck near the ship’s stern.

Photo: Parbuckling Project

Photo: Parbuckling Project

Photo: Island of Giglio Facebook

Photo: Island of Giglio Facebook

Photo: Parbuckling Project

Photo: Parbuckling Project

Photo: Parbuckling Project

Photo: Parbuckling Project

Two cranes fixed to the subsea platform will pull the ship upright, helped by watertight caissons which will be filled with water. Once upright, more caissons will be installed to the ships starboard side and then emptied to re-float the ship. Image: Titan/Micoperi

Once installed, cranes will be fixed to the subsea platform and will pull the ship upright, helped by watertight caissons which will be filled with water. Once upright, more caissons will be installed to the ships starboard side and then emptied to re-float the ship. Image: Titan/Micoperi

See Also: Costa Concordia Salvage Plan in Pictures

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  • tony mac

    this is realy good news,hope the lift will be sucessful soon

    • John Gagliardo

      This really is amazing to me as a frequent cruise traveler. It is unfortunate that such a once beautiful ship will become nothing more than scrap with little else salvageable now…due to careless decisions made by the captain.

  • http://NONE PAUL

    I sure wish I were in the salvage business because these guys are making out like bandits. You just don’t “Tip” this thing over on its side and haul it away. I’m not a marine engineer but I don’t think it will be as easy as they say. Here’s hoping I’m wrong. I wish there were betting pools at Vegas on the sucess of this fiasco.

    • https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=21201266 Mike Schuler

      It’s never been done before, but my gut tells me they are going to pull it off.

      • dave

        It is done before…..
        The Dutch uprighted the Harald of Free Enterprice already the same way in 1985:-)
        Brgrds
        Dave

  • Bob Leslie

    This is beyond incredible, never accomplished on any comparable level before. I tip my fedora to you for success.

  • John Dekker

    I have work on some large salvage projects around the world. All challenging. This one will be that and more. Hats off to all the divers building the structures underwater. Two of them my friends.

  • fred parle

    Keep up Steam and Forge Adeadand Lubricate the wheels of Life with Friendly word and action.

    • Jacques DuBois

      Excuse me Fred while I throw up.

      • Bağımsız Yunanlılar No7

        Please don’t! You’d better swallow it WoodPecker…;-)

  • Dave fenderson

    I would love to be there to watch this whole operation which will be successful..The owners should sell tickets to watch this affair and they might recover their costs!!

  • Dick Middleton

    Please keep up with more pictures as work progresses. This is a tremendous feat of engineering. I would like to see some of the underwater substructure work if possible. I know it will work because the right people are doing the job. Dick

  • http://www.woodwooluk.com J Pardoe

    There is a bitter sweet taste to all of this. I cannot fault the salvage operation at all, wish I could be part of it but, what of the dead people ? what of the chain of events that caused all of this ? it all seems to have been quietly brushed under the carpet in the name of carnivals ongoing business. 34 people lost their lives and carnival have got away with sending their ships out with incompetant crew.The whole affair is very shabby. This would not have happened on the QE2

    • Jacques DuBois

      Give me a break douche bag…You make me puke !!!

      • Bağımsız Yunanlılar No7

        Hey pal. why are you so rude, huh…?!

    • Paul

      Just who do you think owned QE2 for the last ten years of her active life, not to mention QM2, QE and all the other Cunard ships?

  • Richard Cowdery

    Fascinating to watch and admire.
    I would like to send a copy of all the relevant emails to my prof engineer son who can be found at: stephenc@iinet.net.au. Could he then be placed on the mailing list? Thank you.

  • Bill Hall

    Hi I can see a lot of expense and time to have the ship float again. I was wondering if repairing the hole in the side of the ship first then fill the cabins with ping pong balls would be easier. I would think with the water displaced the ship would then float and then pump it out.Sometimes a simple idea can save a lot of money and time and effort . I wish the salvage crew the best in their efforts to have the ship float again.

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