Sunday, June 24, 2012

Costa Concordia Salvage Begins

See photos of the salvage plan

Titan Salvage of Pompano Beach and its Italian partner Micoperi were awarded the Costa Concordia salvage operations back in April.  Plans called for the salvage teams to upright and remove the  114,500-ton ship which ran aground January 13, 2012, off the coast of Giglio, Italy, taking the lives of 30 people, two of which remain missing to this day, more than five months later.

Main article: Costa Concordia Listing after Deadly Accident

As salvage begins, let's take another look at what happened that fateful night in January:
Graphic: The final moments of the Costa Concordia

Re-floating Concordia    Courtesy: Parbuckling Project

UPDATE: 13 July 2014:

Refloating to commence:  Costa Concordia the Final Journey

UPDATE 03 July 2014:

Costa Crociere: installation of all sponsons completed, ten days to possible refloating

Genoa, Italy has been selected to receive the vessel for salvage

Following installation of the last sponson, we can start the countdown to refloating and final departure of the wreck from Giglio Island,” said Costa Crociere CEO Michael Thamm.Now all our energies are focused on the successful conclusion of this unprecedented engineering challenge to respect a precise commitment: remove the Concordia wreck as soon as possible, in compliance with the highest environmental and safety standards.”

Watch footage from Italian police divers in the sunken ship just before it is scheduled to be towed:  Inside Costa Concordia Now & Before

Update: July 9, 2013 - Project 68% Completed

The engineers of the Titan-Micoperi consortium confirm that the "parbuckling” of the Concordia can be completed by the end of summer 2013, at the beginning of September.

Update: Sept. 6, 2013 - Parbuckling of Costa Concordia Approved

UPDATE 16 Sep 2013:

Parbuckling of Costa Concordia Begins 

Watch Live

Costa Concordia Parbuckling project has begun. Watch Live:

Latest Image from Parbuckling Project Site
10 PM Central 16 Sep - Concordia is Upright
Graphic on How Costa Concordia will be Raised   
Civil Protection Gallery 16 Sep
Parbuckling Project Multimedia
Parbuckling phase - update on the beginning of operations

17 Sep 2013 The morning after

In this BBC article, there is a time-lapse video of the parbuckling.  There are also several pictures from the morning after.   The night image didn't show the extent of the damage to the side of the vessel but that is made clear in daylight.  There is also graphics showing how the process was completed.

Costa Concordia: Stricken ship set upright in Italy (BBC)

14 Dec 2013 - Costa Concordia Stable / Winterizing in Progress

According to the press release issued by the salvage companies, The Concordia is stable: after the minor movements registered in the 15 days following the parbuckling the wreck has settled on the platform and seabed. Since then, the monitoring systems active 24/7 have not indicated any significant movement.

The winterization operations are almost completed and the last details will be finished next week.

 The next phase:

Installation of caissons on starboard side

then other 15 refloating sponsons will be attached to the starboard side of the wreck. These caissons will be used during the subsequent re-floating stage.

It is anticipated that this next phase will begin in April, 2014.   The caissons and sponsons are being built in Genoa and Livorno shipyards.

Update: 60 Minutes takes you inside the salvage operations

Update:  Salvage to continue through Spring 2013 
Costa Concordia Wreck Removal Engineering Plan Presented to the Osservatorio (14 Aug 2012)

Raising the Costa Concordia: Italian sunseekers look on as salvage team start

The following schedule, provided by the salvage companies to the SunSentinel in Florida, calls for the work to be completed approximately one year from the award of the contract.

Schedule of Salvage Operations
  • Site inspections of the Concordia through July 31
  • securing and stabilizing of the ship by Aug. 31
  • installation of caissons (watertight chambers) on left side of ship and construction of submarine platforms done by Nov. 15 
  • rotation of the wreck to start with installation of boxes on the ship's right side on Dec. 1
  • ship to be up-righted by Jan. 15 and 
  • delivered to an Italian port by Jan. 31
  • cleaning and replanting of marine flora to be completed at site by April 30
 Source: SunSentinel - Costa Concordia salvage work begins

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