The Costa Concordia cruise ship will soon be raised by two salvage companies after the Italian government approved the recent plan. However, there is no official date on when the salvage companies will raise the Costa Concordia.
The attempt to bring the ship up from the water will be the biggest engineering feat ever to be attempted. It’s a big project to undertake, but the salvage companies have been planning for months. In fact, the ship is practically ready to be pulled to an upright position.
One of the biggest accomplishments for the 500 or so salvage operators have been the installation of blister tank technology, which will provide the Costa Concordia with proper stability to its bow so that it doesn’t break apart.
In addition, there are 11 other tanks to help roll the ship once it’s raised and rotated upright. The plan was submitted by salvage companies Titan Salvage and Micoperi. Once the ship is rotated, workers will weld floatation tanks to the side that is raised against the ocean floor. Floatation tanks have already been welded onto the side of the ship facing up.
A spokesperson from one of the salvage companies said it will take up to 10 hours to raise the ship. It will then take another 10 months before the actual wreckage is removed. Authorities are hoping to find the missing bodies of two remaining passengers.
“If things go as we are expecting. I think September will be the month of the rotation,” Franco Gabrielli told news channel SkyTG24 in Italy. Gabrielli emphasized that if there’s a delay during the process, caused by bad weather, raising the ship will be delayed in the Spring.
The Costa Concordia tragedy has claimed the deaths of 32 passengers and crew after it hit a rock off the costcoast of the Italian island of Giglio on January 13, 2012. The ship is about 65 percent underwater.
Meanwhile in the city of Grosseto the trial of the captain of the Costa Concordia, Francesco Schettino, continues. Schettino, 53, is charged with causing a shipwreck, manslaughter and abandoning his ship and if found guilty could get up to 20 years in prison.
The trial of the ship’s captain, Francesco Schettino, is due to resume on September 23 in the city of Grosseto. Schettino, 53, is charged with causing a shipwreck, manslaughter and abandoning his ship. He could get up to 20 years in prison if found guilty.