Nick Sloane, the South African Salvage Master who led the operation for the U.S.-Italian contractors consortium Titan-Micoperi, poses in front of the Costa Concordia prior to Monday’s parbuckling. REUTERS/Tony Gentile
Giglio residents aside, there is probably nobody more happy than Costa Crociere that the once luxurious Costa Concordia cruise ship is finally off the rocks of the small Mediterranean island.
After all the salvage bill alone is roughly $800 million and counting. If the parbuckling didn’t work, you can only imagine what that bill could rise to.
For their effort, Costa Crociere, , a subsidiary of Carnival Corp and owner of the ship, has delivered a rather heartfelt -at least I thought it was- ‘Thank You’ to the salvage crews of the Titan-Micoperi consortium, Costa Crociere employees and Italian authorities who have worked tirelessly over the last 20 months to make the operation to upright a ship twice the size of the Titanic possible.
Here is the full text of Costa Crociere’s ‘Thank You’ note:
I would personally like to thank each and every one of you, the five hundred women and men of the Titan-Micoperi consortium.
Thanks to your talent, commitment and great passion, you have made this critical stage in the process of removing Concordia from the island of Giglio possible – the most delicate and complex step in a project that is totally without naval historical precedent. This was an enormous technological effort and an extraordinary feat of engineering skill that called for a new way of thinking.
I would also like to offer my most heartfelt thanks to all the Costa women and men for the energy and dedication they show in everything they do day after day.
Thank you to the Italian Institutions, the Authorities and our partners for their invaluable cooperation. In particular, thank you to the Civil Protection and the Osservatorio for their trust and support.
And of course a special thank you to all the people on the island of Giglio for their generosity and their patience. Everyone involved has gone far beyond the call of duty.
And you can count on us to continue to do everything possible to make the present and future of cruising safer and more reliable – for our guests and for all those who work and travel by sea, wherever they may be in the world.
C.E.O. Costa Crociere S.p.A.
With the parbuckling behind us, focus now shifts to the ship’s re-floating, the winter weather, and the eventual complete removal of the wreck from the island. We’ll be watching so stay tuned…
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