The ‘parbuckling’ – righting – of the Costa Concordia Cruise ship is a herculean feat. It is in fact the greatest naval recovery ever attempted. 500 people are involved in the project – at an estimated cost of $600 million.
The ship, the largest Italian Cruise Ship ever conceived, has lain in the shallow waters off the island of Giglio for more than a year and a half after hitting rocks near the shore, in a maneuver that has been described as reckless at best. 32 people died as a result – two bodies have yet to be recovered. The operation was expected to take 12 hours – although now there’s talk of 18 – “to do things well…” As we write this the hull has been righted by 10 degrees.
To many in Italy and abroad it has become a symbol; for the state of things in the whole of Italy.
The live video feed above is from RT youtube channel.
And for more we quote – and link to – the Wikipedia article on the incident:
On 13 January 2012, she was wrecked off the coast of Isola del Giglio in Italy. She has been declared a total loss and is currently being salvaged, following which she will be scrapped. The name Concordia was intended to express the wish for “continuing harmony, unity, and peace between European nations.”
On 13 January 2012 at about 9:45 pm, in calm seas and overcast weather, under command of Captain Francesco Schettino, Costa Concordia struck a rock in the Tyrrhenian Sea just off the eastern shore of Isola del Giglio, on the western coast of Italy about 100 km (62 mi) northwest of Rome. This tore a 50 m (160 ft) gash on the port (left) side of her hull, which almost immediately flooded parts of the engine room and caused loss of power to her propulsion and electrical systems. With water flooding in and listing, the ship drifted back to Giglio Island, where she grounded just 500 m (550 yd) north of the village of Giglio Porto, resting on her starboard (right) side in shallow waters with most of her starboard side under water. Despite the gradual sinking of the ship, its complete loss of power, and its proximity to shore in calm seas, an order to abandon ship was not issued until over an hour after the initial impact. Although international maritime law requires all passengers to be evacuated within 30 minutes of an order to abandon ship, the evacuation of Costa Concordia took over six hours and not all passengers were evacuated. Of the 3,229 passengers and 1,023 crew known to have been aboard, 30 people died, and two more passengers are missing and presumed dead.
Read the rest – linked here.
Previously on Art is Life: