Costa Concordia salvage operation for moving the cruise ship from seabed starts soon

By Vessels

Costa Concordia, the tragic cruise ship could be finally moved from the seabed after nearly 18 months preparations. The cruise liner capsized and took the life of at least 30 people near the Italian island Giglio.

The wreck is expected to be moved in days, finally the giant vessel that is partly under the water, will be lifted with the help of special designed platforms.

The teams that are working over the project will make a search for the bodies of 2 passengers that perished in the tragic incident while the machines haul the 114,000t. wrecked cruise vessel upright and underwater cameras comb the seabed.

The date when the Costa Concordia's rotation will be performed is not yet announced, the operation is called parbuckling.

In recent years the Costa Concordia incident is one of the most tragic. 4,000 people had to be evacuated when the cruise started taking water in a hit with a rock while making maneuvers near Giglio, Italy. Costa Concordia is enormous ship and the project of saving what had left is not an easy task. Divers used 18,000 tonnes of cement below the wrecked cruise ship to make a stable supporting structure preventing the breaking up.

Nicholas Sloane, senior salvage master at Titan Salvage said:

"A buoyancy device acting "like a neck brace for an injured patient" will hold together the ship's bow, and fishing nets will catch debris as it rises from beneath the ship".

The salvage experts will investigate the ship cabin by cabin and will take items found on board and give them to the Italian state prosecutor, and Costa Concordia will be dismantled afterwards.

Who is responsible for the Costa Concordia tragic incident?

4 crew members of Costa Concordia and 1 representative of the cruise company Costa Cruises were sentenced to jail 2 months ago.  The ship's captain Francesco Schettino is on trail for manslaughter and causing the loss of the ship. He is accused also for leaving the vessel before all passengers and crew members were safe.