|Concordia Upright Courtesy Parbuckling Project|
19 Hour Project Completed
“The parbuckling operation has been successfully completed,” the Parbuckling Project’s official website said in an understated announcement at about 4 a.m. local time. “The wreck is now upright and resting safely on the specially built artificial sea bed, at a depth of approximately 30 meters.”
Shortly after 4 AM local time in Giglio, Italy, there were shouts and claps for joy followed by the sound of a horn piercing the night's silence as the Costa Concordia reached full vertical. Thanks to the marvels of modern technology, the ship was raised to this position and we were able to watch live on the internet.
There was joy amongst the workers of course, but there is also sorrow knowing that lives were lost on this very spot. In fact, there are still 2 missing bodies that were never accounted for. Prior to the parbuckling, there were hopes that those bodies would be found. So far that has not been the case.
The entire parbuckling operation took 19 hours, longer than expected due to weather delays and stoppages dues to technical difficulties. The final phase went quickly as gravity provided assistance.
COVERAGE FROM AROUND THE NET:
In this article, Yahoo has a collection of images that are emerging as daylight falls upon the now vertical Costa Concordia. There are some amazing images, just as there were immediately following the tragedy 20 months ago.
They've Turned Over The Costa Concordia And The Pictures Are Nuts
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)
Our article from yesterday has links to the official Parbuckling Project site and other useful information.
Parbuckling of Costa Concordia Begins