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The Costa Concordia to be Salvaged

May 23, 2012
Costa Concordia

Plans for the Removal

The Costa Concordia, the cruise ship that struck a reef off the coast of Giglio Island on the night of January 13 is set to be removed from the water by the beginning of 2013. Titan Salvage, a company based in Pompano Beach, Florida, won the bid to remove Concordia’s wreckage. The salvage company plans to use water-filled cisterns to weigh down the above-sea side of the cruise liner in order to remove it from the water and tow it for demolition.

Capt. Richard Habib, Titan Salvage’s managing director, said the goal is to “use brains, (and) not as much brawn” to remove the Concordia without having it sink into much deeper water. He said the most difficult challenge in the procedure is to “roll the vessel upright on a platform and to safely float it” to a port yet to be selected by Italian officials.

“The magnitude of the job … is something unprecedented,” Habib told reporters at a news conference.

The Costa Concordia was carrying some 4,200 people when it veered too close to the coast and struck the jagged reef. Gashed on one side, the ship began listing on its side and came to rest on the shallow rocky seabed just off the Tuscan shore, resulting in 32 fatalities.

Currently, the Italian captain of the Concordia is under house arrest while prosecutors scrutinize him for possible manslaughter and abandoning ship while the evacuation was still in progress. Prosecutors argue that the captain steered the ship dangerously close to the island in a publicity stunt, while the captain insists the reef didn’t appear on navigational charts.

Source: CBS News

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