So Far So Good For Costa Concordia Tow

Costa Concordia under tow. Photo courtesy The Parbuckling Project
Costa Concordia under tow. Photo courtesy The Parbuckling Project

The Costa Concordia has travelled 63 nautical miles and shows no signs of trouble after 30 hours at sea, according to an update from the project’s website at about 8 p.m. local time (CEST) Thursday.

The convoy is currently located between Isola d’Elba and Corsica and is heading north northwest at an average speed of about 2 knots. The Costa Concordia’s course is currently 349° and she is traveling at 3 knots, according to AIS data from MarineTraffic.com. 

Sea conditions remain calm, with 13 knot winds coming from the N-NE. Conditions are forecasted to be good into Friday, with light winds coming from the south.

Ongoing assessments of the sponsons and their connections to the ship – including cables, chains and strand-jacks – have so far shown positive results with no signs of concern.

Environmental monitoring is also ongoing as planned in the waters surrounding the wreck. Initial results from testing performed Wednesday evening have revealed no signs of environmental pollution. Environmental monitoring by public institutions are in progress, as well as samplings carried out by the marine biologists of University La Sapienza that have been appointed by Costa Crociere and the Titan Micoperi consortium.

Based on the latest conditions, arrival in Genoa is anticipated for 3 a.m. Sunday morning.

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