The salvage operation which will re-float and then remove the Costa Concordia from the Isola Del Giglo in Italy will be the biggest and costliest in history, the ship’s owners Costa Cruises revealed today.
The £190m project will begin in the next few days but will take over a year to complete.
An Italian-American consortium Titan-Micoperi will carry out the salvage operation on the ship which is currently lying on rocks at an angle of 80 degrees.
A 40m platform will first be built underneath the ship and the 160ft gash in the hull repaired.
Once all parts are in place, two cranes will pull the Concordia upright before it is re-floated and taken away.
Once the wreck is removed the platform will be dismantled, the sea bed cleaned, and marine flora replanted.
The operation will be co-ordinated on the Italian mainland in order to reduce the impact on normal port operations.
cruiseastute.com says …
“The scale of this operation is unprecedented and is additionally complicated by the fact that the area is environmentally sensitive meaning that the ship can’t be cut up.”