The decision for the scrapping yard of Costa Concordia has finally been taken. The government of Italy has approved the towage of the liner's wreck this month to Genoa. Upon Costa Concordia coming in port, she will be dismantled and scrapped.
The decision came yesterday and it followed a choice by Costa Cruises for a consortium including San Giorgio, Mariotti (both based in Genoa) and Saipem, oil services company. Michael Thamm, CEO of the cruising company, commented the decision of the government:
"The cabinet's approval of the project for transportation of the Concordia to Genoa for dismantling and recycling means that achievement of the goal we set ourselves 2 1/2 years ago -- namely the safe and definitive removal of the wreck from Giglio Island -- is now well within sight. We are now just two weeks away from refloating of the ship."
Before the refloating of the wreck, two more sponsons must be attached. Then, Costa Concordia will start her last journey (provided by Titan Micoperi) which is expected to take 5 days.
The Italian cruise liner hit a reef on Jan 13, 2012 off the island off Giglio. It resulted in 32 deaths. Since then, the Costa Concordia has stayed upright. Last September she was partially raised during a parbuckling process. Currently, the vessel is on a platform (manmade) while sponsons are being installed. Two more are needed to reach the planned 30.