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Costa Concordia Parbuckling Completed

Costa Concordia Salvage

Officials have confirmed that the parbuckling of the Costa Concordia has been completed after a 19 hour operation and the ship is now sitting in its final upright position on underwater platforms.  Oil booms were placed around  vessel to contain any pollution or oil trapped in the ship, but no spill was spotted during the operation. The next step in the Concordia salvage is to stabilising it and preparing for it to be re-floated.  Giant buoyancy tanks will be attached before it is towed away for scrap in the following months.

Costa Concordia Salvage
Note: The scum and waterline marking to where the vessel was underwater

 

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Costa Concordia Salvage Live Stream

Photo: EPA
Photo: EPA

Salvage operations may take up to 12 hours with the live stream continuing through September 17, 2013.   After the parbuckling procedure is completed, the salvage may continue for an additional month while crews prepare the vessel to be re-floated using the the giant buoyancy tanks welded onto her hull.

Photo: EPA
Photo: EPA
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Costa Concordia Salvage Update

After 18 months lying on it’s side, the Coast Concordia is slowing sinking further into the sea.  Reports state there is concern the cruise ship may collapse under its own weight.   Weakened by the grounding while rust eats away at the steel hull, the vessel has compressed some 3 meters.   Recent inspections have found the bow has dropped deeper into the water.   Plans to remove the vessel has been stalled by harsh sea conditions, but the salvage company has announce they would have one chance to pull the vessel upright and float it away sometime mid-September.   The salvage team would use multiple cranes slowly lifting the Costa Concordia over a 12 hour period.

Another note: The salvage operation extracted 96 tons of granite from the 70-meter long gash along the Concordia’s hull.

 

 

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Costa Concordia

Costa Concordia
Photo: theparbucklingproject.com

After one year, the cruise ship Costa Concordia still remains aground off  Isola del Giglio, Italy.   Salvage plans to remove the wreck began in earnest in May 2012 with plans to refloat the crippled ship in early June 2013.  Back in January 13, 2012, the Costa Concordia began its first leg of a cruise around the Mediterranean Sea with 4,252 people on board.   The captain  had deviated from the ship’s scheduled route to pass closely by Isola del Giglio.   As the vessel approached near the island, it struck a reef gashing a large hole into the hull.   The vessel soon lost power before it capsized onto its side.   A six hour evacuation of the vessel nearly all the passengers were brought ashore, but 32 people perished as the vessel sank.  Later, it was announced that the Costa Concordia was a constructive total loss.   Latest reports state damages from the incident will cost over 500 million US dollars.

Photos of Salvage Operations

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Removal Plans

Costa Concordia
Photo: bbc.co.uk

 

The plan, which will re-float the vessel’s hull, places the highest priority for ensuring the lowest possible environmental impact as well as the conservation of tourist and economic activities on the island of Giglio, with maximum safety precautions.

Environmental protection will be the top priority throughout operations of this mammoth recovery. The plan also includes measures to safeguard the economic and tourist activities on the island of Giglio. Staff will work to remove asbestos. The work is not expected to have any significant effects on the summer tourist season. To further reduce any impact on the activities of the Marina del Giglio, the base for the salvage operations will be off the island, near Piombino, where equipment and materials will be collected for the work.

There are four stages of operation in the salvage plan, as follows:

  • First, once the ship has been stabilized, an underwater platform will be built and watertight boxes, or caissons, fixed to the side of the ship that is above water.
  • Two cranes fixed to the platform will pull the ship upright, helped by the weight of the caissons, which will be filled with water.
  • When the ship is upright, caissons will be fixed to the other side of the hull to stabilize it.
  • Finally, the caissons on both sides will be emptied, after the water inside has been purified to protect the marine environment, and filled with air.

Once floating, the wreck will be towed to an Italian port. Once the removal is complete, the salvage team will clean the waters and the restore the marine flora.

The plan was evaluated from a technical standpoint by a committee, composed of experts representing Costa Cruises, Carnival Corporation & plc, London Offshore Consultants and Standard P & I Club, in collaboration with RINA and Fincantieri, in accordance with the requirements and recommendations set by the Italian authorities. The plan was evaluated to ensure that it would meet the main requirements: removal of the entire wreck with maximum safety precautions and as little impact to the environment, tourism and economy of Giglio.

 

 

 

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