Friday, September 13, 2013

Raising the Costa Concordia

Remember Costa Concordia?

Well the luxury liner Costa Concordia made headlines when it sank off the coast of Tuscany in January 2012. Thirty-two people died when the ship, with 4,200 passengers on-board, hit rocks and ran aground off the island of Giglio after an ill-judged 'salute' to inhabitants by the ship’s captain.

Costa Concordia has since been lying on its side - awaiting someone to salvage it.

Now there are plans afoot to rise the 114,00-tonne  cruise liner - the work is planned to start next Monday. But it has a huge cost. It will take 12 hours, 500 engineers and 18,000 tons of cement to rise it. And the cost? Well the cost of raising it off seabed is estimated to be £500m.

Already underwater platform has been built on which ship will come to rest as jacks and underwater cables haul it upright. Meanwhile divers have pumped 18,000 tonnes of cement into bags below the ship to support it and prevent it from breaking up.

The 114,00-tonne ship will be rolled onto the platform in a manoeuvre known as parbuckling

A buoyancy device acting 'like a neck brace for an injured patient' will hold together the ship's bow, and fishing nets will catch debris as it rises from beneath the ship, said Nicholas Sloane, senior salvage master at Titan Salvage.

Read more about it at: Mail Online
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