Heavy Weather Tests Costa Concordia Wreck Stability as Winterization Nears Completion
The stability of the now upright Costa Concordia shipwreck was put to the test Monday as a storm packing 40 mph winds and heavy seas rolled through Isola del Giglio.
Constant monitoring of the ship’s activity has shown that the Concordia remains stable on the underwater platform, Costa Crociere and the Titan Micoperi Consortium has confirmed according to an update posted Monday to the salvage project’s website.
That update added that the so-called winterization of the shipwreck is coming close to completion. So far, 28 tubular steel braces have been positioned and connect the wreck through the port side sponsons to the underwater platforms. Meanwhile, the positioning of additional cement-filled grout bags beneath the starboard side was completed Sunday, the update said.
The third stage of winterization includes the installation of an additional hold-back system for the ship’s bow. This third and final stage is currently underway and is expected to be completed before the end of the month.
Finally, environmental monitoring continues at the wreck site and shows no signs for concern.
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Above photo courtesy GiglioNews.it.
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