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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Costa Concordia Wreck Moved to Drydock for Final Dismantling.


Costa Cruises Costa Concordia During Happier Times.
Costa Cruises Costa Concordia During Happier Times.
The final remains of the Costa Concordia were moved into a drydock in Genoa on September 1st.
For the past year, the ship was methodically dismantled removing furnishing and decks one by one.
Thirteen decks have been removed but 2-3 decks still remain. Since alot of the machinery still remain in the hull, the remaining hull is estimated to weigh 60,000 tons.

The vessel was moved into a drydock in the port of Genoa. The operation went extremely smooth with the aid of 6 tugs, taking just over 2 hours to complete. The remaining hull was a tight fit into the drydock with only 40 cm to spare on each side and underneath the hull. As planned, on the same day, the drydock was sealed and the hull came to rest on the bottom of the drydock, after all of the water was pumped out.

Dismantling of the remains is expected to take 6-8 months.

HISTORY

On 13 January 2012 at 21:45, 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 open a 50 m (160 ft) gash on the port side of her hull, which soon flooded parts of the engine room resulting in power losses, leading to a loss of propulsion and loss of electrical systems, which crippled the ship. With water flooding in and listing, the ship drifted back to Giglio Island where she grounded 500 m (550 yd) north of the village of Giglio Porto, resting on her starboard side in shallow waters with most of her starboard side under water

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