Lifting the Concordia
The companies in charge of one of the most expensive and challenging salvage operations ever planned, the removal of the luxury liner Costa Concordia from the granite rocks off the Tuscan coast where it ran aground last January, have announced that work will begin this week.
Luxury Liner’s Removal to Begin Off Italian Coast
By Gaia Pianigiani, New York Times
One of the most expensive and challenging salvage operations ever planned, the removal of the luxury liner Costa Concordia from granite rocks off the Tuscan coast, where it ran aground in January, will begin next week, the companies in charge announced Friday.
The companies, Titan Salvage, which is based in Florida, and Micoperi, an Italian underwater construction and offshore contractor, plan to lift the half-submerged vessel with pullers mounted on a platform and a subsea platform to roll it on, using water-filled caissons to stabilize it, and finally tow it to a yet unidentified Italian port. There, it will be demolished.
“This is the largest ship removal by weight in history,” Rich Habib, Titan’s managing director, told reporters in Rome. “The magnitude of the job and the magnitude of the techniques used are something unprecedented.”
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