It is believed that 12 bids for the scrapping of Costa Concordia were received for the tragic cruise liner which capsized off the Giglio more than 2 years ago. 5 of the bids are from Italian groups that are interested in the operation of demolishing the cruise ship giant in domestic ports. The ship is being inspected by experts, bridge and elevators are being investigated. There are rumors that the most serious candidate for the demolition of Costa Concordia is the Italian oil service company Saipem.
The owner of Costa Concordia, Carnival Corporation & plc, was ordered to remove the ship. Now the giant cruise liner can be used only for scrap, but what is the price? The demolition operation of the vessel is estimated around 350 million euros ($475 million). Saipem, the most serious candidate is 43% owned by oil and gas group Eni. The company's offer was presented together with the Italian companies Mariotti and San Giorgio for demolishing the ship in Genoa. The decision which company will take the project will be announced in March.
Investigation of the tragic Costa Concordia incident is not ended, experts are searching for more information that will be used in the case against the ship's captain. The bridge and elevators are closely examined in order to be discovered if any additional factors beyond human error are responsible for the capsized giant cruise liner.
On January 13, 2012 the Costa Concordia capsized off the Giglio, killing 32 people. Two years after the tragedy the ship has been hauled upright and is expecting the demolishing.