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Monday, January 13, 2014

Two Year Anniversary of the Costa Concordia Sinking.

Costa Concordia on Happier Days.
Today marks the two year anniversary of the sinking of the Costa Concordia. The Costa Concordia hit rocks off the coast of Giglio Island, Italy after the Captain brought the ship in too close to shore. Reports indicate that the captain sailed the ship too close to shore to salute a friend on the island. The ship was holed and an attempt to beach the ship was done to prevent it from sinking. The attempts to beach the ship failed on the rocky bottom which caused the ship to sink partially and flip on its side.

The incident resulted in the death of 32 passengers and crew.

Two years later, a level platform has been built and the ship has been righted and is resting on the platform. The next steps involve attaching large enclosed containers to the side of the ship and filling those with air to lift the ship from the bottom.

The expectation is that the ship will be towed to an Italian port to be dismantled. If the Italians do not successfully bid on the scrapping project - bids from other countries will be considered. If scrapping in another country is chosen, the ship will be loaded on a heavy-lift ship and floated to its scrapping destination. The Costa Concordia is expected to be re floated by June.

Meanwhile the criminal trial of the captain continues in Italy.

Remembrance ceremonies will be held at the site of the accident as well as other key locations.

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