Costa Concordia: Countdown to Refloating and Removal Has Begun

The cruise liner Costa Concordia is seen outside Giglio harbour February 26, 2014. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

With the green light from the Italian government, the destination port set and the last of the hardware now installed, the countdown to the Costa Concordia’s refloating and removal from Giglio Island has begun. The first phase of the refloating operation could begin as soon as July 13, according to a statement by the project’s website. Assuming all goes as planned, the wreck … [Read more...]

Italian Police Release HD Video From Inside the Costa Concordia

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The following ~8 minute video just released by Carabinieri divers(Italian military police) gives an HD look at the Costa Concordia wreck from inside the sunken vessel. Salvors are working to remove the vessel from Giglio Harbor in the next three weeks.  Franco Gabrielli, head of Italian Civil Protection Agency describes the next four phases of the salvage operation HERE. … [Read more...]

Costa Concordia Removal Gets Final Government Approval -Update

project engineers have announced that September 16th will be the earliest possible date to begin parbuckling operations.

Italian authorities voting on the final destination of the Costa Concordia shipwreck have opted to stick to original plans for the hulk, calling for its removal from the island of Giglio as soon as possible to the port of Genoa. The Council of Ministers on Monday gave its final approval for the removal of the vessel to Genoa where the ship will be dismantled, citing the need … [Read more...]

Costa Concordia Refloating Phase Detailed

The cruise liner Costa Concordia is seen outside Giglio harbour February 26, 2014. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

Update: The Costa Concordia refloating phase has been set to begin Monday, July 14, 2014. Previous: Project officials were at Giglio this week to provide the public with an update on the plans for final phases of the salvage of the  Costa Concordia cruise liner, which will involve towing the hulk from the small island’s shores once and for all. During the meeting, Franco … [Read more...]

Costa Concordia Salvage: Final Decision Delayed Once Again

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Just weeks away from the planned departure of the Costa Concordia hulk from Giglio and a final decision regarding its destination is yet to be made. Officials met in Rome on Wednesday to discuss ongoing plans for the refloat and removal of the shipwreck, which as of now has been tentatively set for July 20. After the refloating, plans call for the vessel to be towed to Genoa … [Read more...]

Final Decision on Costa Concordia Wreck Removal Delayed

A starboard-side sponson is maneuvered into place in preparation for the refloating of the Costa Concordia. File photo courtesy The Parbuckling Project

The final decision that will ultimately determine the fate of the Costa Concordia hulk has been delayed as officials look to examine the refloating and removal plan in greater detail. Officials in Italy met at the headquarters of the Department of Civil Protection in Rome this week to discuss plans laid out by the owners of the Costa Concordia, Costa Crociere, concerning the … [Read more...]

Date Set for Costa Concordia Wreck Removal

The cruise liner Costa Concordia is seen outside Giglio harbour February 26, 2014. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

Officials in Italy have announced the planned dates for the removal of the Costa Concordia shipwreck from Giglio, more than two years after the ship ran aground. During a meeting in Florence on Monday, Maria Sargentini, president of the Observatory overseeing the salvage, said that the removal date is set for between July 18 and 20, at which point the hulk will be towed to … [Read more...]