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Costa Concordia: Countdown To Refloating And Removal Has Begun

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  1. searcher

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    Costa Concordia: Countdown to Refloating and Removal Has Begun

    By Mike Schuler On July 4, 2014





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    The cruise liner Costa Concordia is seen outside Giglio harbour February 26, 2014. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi




    With the green light from the Italian government, the destination port set and the last of the hardware now installed, the countdown to the Costa Concordia’s refloating and removal from Giglio Island has begun.

    The first phase of the refloating operation could begin as soon as July 13, according to a statement by the project’s website. Assuming all goes as planned, the wreck will be off Giglio no later than July 20.

    “Following installation of the last sponson, we can start the countdown to refloating and final departure of the wreck from Giglio Island,” said Costa Crociere CEO Michael Thamm. “Now all our energies are focused on the successful conclusion of this unprecedented engineering challenge to respect a precise commitment: remove the Concordia wreck as soon as possible, in compliance with the highest environmental and safety standards.”


    RELATED: The Costa Concordia Parbuckling in HD Pictures


    Technicians at Giglio Island this week positioned the last of 30 sponsons onto the wreck. The sponsons, which are large steel boxes currently filled with water, will be de-ballasted by way of a pneumatic system until the wreck reaches a draft 18.5 meters. You can read more about the refloating phase here.

    After stabilizing, the wreck will be towed accompanied by a flotilla of vessels to San Giorgio del Porto in Genoa, Italy where it will be dismantled by a consortium led by the Italian company Saipem. The tow is expected to take five days.

    The Italian Council of Ministers last Monday gave its final approval for the removal of the vessel to Genoa, ruling out the port of Piombino citing the need to remove the shipwreck within the planned timeline and without further delays. The final phases are still subject to approval from the Monitoring Observatory.

    The wreck was uprighted during a successful parbuckling operation in September 2013 that was watched live millions of people across the globe.

    A successful refloating, removal and dismantling of the Costa Concordia shipwreck will conclude the largest maritime salvage job in history estimated to cost in excess of $800 million. The salvage has been led by a consortium made up of Titan Salvage, which is a subsidiary of Jacksonville, Florida-based Crowley Maritime Corporation, and Italy’s Micoperi.

    The Costa Concordia shipwrecked on the small island off the coast of Tuscany on the night of January 13, 2012, killing 32 people and sparking a call for improved safety standards within the cruise ship industry. The industry was quick to voluntarily adopt a number of new operational safety improvements and best practices regarding passenger safety and protection in wake of the disaster.

    Here’s some video from the Costa Concordia wreck site on June 16, 2014:









    http://gcaptain.com/costa-concordia-countdown-to-refloating-and-removal/
     
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    [h=1]Italian Police Release HD Video From Inside the Costa Concordia[/h]By Rob Almeida On July 4, 2014



    The following ~8 minute video just released by Carabinieri divers(Italian military police) gives an HD look at the Costa Concordia wreck from inside the sunken vessel.




    Salvors are working to remove the vessel from Giglio Harbor in the next three weeks. Franco Gabrielli, head of Italian Civil Protection Agency describes the next four phases of the salvage operation HERE.



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    Another fabulous thread, Searcher!

    It is amazing that that beast could be raised, in the first place..The diver's
    video was interesting as well.

    But why move it:questionmark: A monument to man's folly or seaside
    villas.
     
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    Costa Concordia Refloating to Kick Off Monday

    By Mike Schuler On July 9, 2014





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    The time has come… the refloating of the Costa Concordia has been confirmed to kick off on Monday, July 14, 2014, exactly 914 days after the cruise liner shipwrecked along the small Italian island of Giglio.

    According to the project’s website, the salvage consortium Titan-Micoperi has confirmed the start date for Monday provided final authorization from the Observatory and weather conditions over the next few days. A final confirmation of the refloating phase is expected to be announced the day before, i.e. Sunday.

    During the first day of the refloating, we should expect to see the vessel partially refloated and moved by tugs about 30 meters from its current position, where it will then be stabilized and held in position by tugs as final preparations for the towing phase are made. You can see gCaptain’s previous coverage of the four phases of the refloating HERE: Costa Concordia Refloating Phase Detailed

    A successful refloating of the shipwreck will mean the vessel’s removal from Giglio Island once and for all. The 114,000 ton cruise ship ran aground and partially sank on January 13, 2012 just outside the sleepy island’s main port, killing 32 people and setting off the largest marine salvage project in history.

    Once the wreck is refloated, it will then be towed to the port of Genoa where it will be scrapped by a consortium led by the Italian company Saipem. The tow to Genoa is expected to take 5 days.

    As was the case with the parbuckling operation in September, we expect to see the same media frenzy surrounding the entire event.

    SEE ALSO: The Costa Concordia Pabuckling in Stunning HD Photos


    http://gcaptain.com/costa-concordia-refloating-kick-monday/
     
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    Bump.....lotta engineering in this....pretty cool...lots of variables.
     
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    Refloating of Concordia to Begin on 14th July




    July 10, 2014 By MI News Network

    The salvage team have confirmed that the Concordia refloating operation is set to go ahead starting on Monday, July 14. As was the case for parbuckling, commencement of the operation is subject to authorization from the Observatory and also depends on the weather forecast over the next few days. Therefore, final confirmation of the start of the refloating operation will not be announced until the day before it actually begins.

    Given the amount of media interest and the number of requests we have been receiving in recent days from people who wish to be present at Giglio, we would ask media representatives intending to cover the operation to apply for accreditation by filling out the form provided on the website www.theparbucklingproject.com.

    Accreditation is mandatory also for journalists who were accredited in September 2013 at the time of the parbuckling operation.

    Considering the guidelines for the removal project, notably the priority of minimizing the impact of the operations on the local community and the economic activities on Giglio, the media briefing room will be set up at the school located at no. 41, Via Provinciale at Giglio Porto.

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    The media briefing room will be open from 9.00 am on Sunday, July 13 for accredited media representatives to pick up their badges. A Wi-Fi service will also be available in the room.

    In the event of any change to the scheduled date of commencement of the refloating operation, new instructions will be sent to accredited media representatives at their respective email addresses.

    Again considering the imperative to mitigate the impact of the operation on the life and economy of Isola del Giglio, TV networks intending to broadcast live will be allowed to park one OB van only – of limited size and equipped with cable ducts – subject to availability of parking space in the vicinity of the Molo Verde jetty. The type of vehicle and date of arrival must be specified in the “Special requests” section of the accreditation form at www.theparbucklingproject.com.

    OB vans may park in the reserved area only from 6.30 to 8.00 am on Friday 11, Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 of July.

    For this reason,a temporary parking area will be open at the Campo Sportivo (sportsfield) in Giglio Campese. Also in this case, detailed information will be emailed to the interested parties.

    Restricted access ashore will only apply to the area in front of Hotel Demo’s, while it is not expected that there will be any restrictions on swimming and no beaches will be closed.

    Conversely, there is in force a no-fly zone (attached).

    Restrictions also remain in force for shipping in the area around the Concordia.

    Details of the logistics for the towing of the ship away from the island will be announced shortly.

    Reference: thepabucklingproject.com

    http://www.marineinsight.com/shipping-news/refloating-concordia-begin-14th-july/
     
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    Refloating the Costa Concordia: Happening Now – LIVE UPDATES

    By Mike Schuler On July 14, 2014




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    Cruise liner Costa Concordia is seen during the refloat operation at Giglio harbour at Giglio Island July 14, 2014. You can see the makeshift plimsoll line of the ships decks, which are exposed by about 1 meter more since when the refloating operation began. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi




    Update (7:30 a.m EST): The Costa Concordia has detached from the underwater platforms on which it rested and was floating by about 1 meter at approximately 12 noon CEST. The wreck still needs to be raised by another meter before tugboats will tow it to the east by about 30 meters. Technicians have now begun to tighten the chains on starboard sponson S14, as planned.

    The wreck is now floating with help from the 30 steel sponsons, which have been attached to either side of the wreck and de-ballasted.
    “The ship is upright and is not listing either longitudinally or latitudinally. This is extremely positive,” said Franco Porcellacchia an engineer overseaing the project on behalf of the ship owner Costa Crociere.


    Update (1:26 a.m. EST): Work to refloat the Costa Concordia kicked off as planned at 6 a.m. CEST (UTC/GMT +1), Salvage Master Nick Sloane reached the Remote Operations Center located on the Costa Concordia with the rest of the team from Titan-Micoperi, according to the project’s website.


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    The cruise liner Costa Concordia is seen at Giglio harbour at Giglio Island July 13, 2014. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi



    Earlier: The salvage team working to refloat and remove the Costa Concordia shipwreck from Giglio have been given green light from the Italian government to kick off one of the final phases of the largest maritime salvage job in history.

    On Saturday, the Italian environmental Monitoring Observatory gave the all clear for the start of the refloating operation scheduled to begin Monday, which was considered the last hurdle the project needed to clear before the refloating could begin. Italy’sCivil Protection Department said that documentation submitted for the refloat was “valid”, allowing it “to give the go-ahead for the operation to refloat the Concordia“.


    Are you there? Send your pics and tips to info@gcaptain.com


    Refloating Phase

    The refloating phase is expect to start at 6 a.m. local time (UTC/GMT +1), Monday morning, weather permitted.

    The full refloating phase will take place in 5 stages, The whole operation is expected to take about 6 or 7 days to complete.

    During the first stage, the Concordia will be partially refloated about 2 meters up off the underwater platforms and moved 30 meters towards the east with the assistance of tugs. The ship will then be securely moored and technicians will be able to complete the attachment and tensioning of the last cables and chains, and to lower the starboard sponsons to their final position. Once this is completed, engineers will use a pneumatic system to slowly de-ballast the sponsons, raising the ship one deck at a time from deck 6 to deck 3 when the draft of the wreck reaches 18.5 meters.

    A total of 32 of the watertight steel boxes – including 30 sponsons and 2 blister tanks – have been installed onto the ship since the salvage project began.

    You can see an illustration of the entire refloating phase broken down into its five stages below.


    How to Watch

    These next phases of the Costa Concordia salvage are creating a similar media frenzy to what we saw with the parbuckling in September and it is likely that a number of live streams will be available. We’ll link to some of the best streams here once they are live and be sure to share the links you’re watching in the comment section.

    Below are a few links to live streams. Unfortunately we cannot guarantee that the quality and accuracy of each.

    Live Stream from YouReporter.it

    Live Stream from Repubblica.it (Embedded Below)






    Keep in mind that Monday’s partial refloating and move may only take about 1 hour and the action is scheduled to happen when most of the U.S. population is still asleep. The tow to Genoa, on the other hand, will be a multi-day event. Check back to gCaptain for the best videos and photos throughout the whole process.


    Removal Phase

    The departure of the Concordia from Giglio is currently scheduled for July 21, when the ship will be towed to San Giorgio del Porto in Genoa over the course of an estimated 5 days. The wreck will be accompanied by a flotilla of vessels that will provide environmental monitoring and emergency support.

    The hulk will be dismantled by a consortium led by Italy’s Saipem.


    Largest Maritime Salvage

    The successful refloating, removal and dismantling of the Costa Concordia shipwreck will conclude the largest maritime salvage job in history, which has been estimated to cost in excess of $800 million. The salvage has been led by a consortium made up of Titan Salvage, which is a subsidiary of Jacksonville, Florida-based Crowley Maritime Corporation, and Italy’s Micoperi. In charge of the operation itself has been South African salvage master Nick Sloane, who made headlines across the globe following the successful parbuckling of the cruise ship in September. Sloane and Titan-Micoperi will once again be at the helm of the entire refloating and removal, basically until the shipwreck reaches Genoa and the baton is passed to Saipem.

    “We are pleased that the documentation sent to the authorities has been well received. Everything is in place and ready, the salvage team has successfully completed the technical tests and if weather and sea conditions will remain favourable the refloating operation will commence as planned on Monday morning” said Costa Crociere, CEO Michael Thamm. “It is a complex operation never attempted before, but we know we can count on the best technicians in the world. I wish them all the best for the success of this great challenge.”

    Franco Porcellacchia, who is leading the ship owner’s technical team for the Costa Concordia wreck removal, said Sunday that they have “reasonable certainty that all will work.”

    The Costa Concordia shipwrecked on the small island off the coast of Tuscany on the night of January 13, 2012, killing 32 people.


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    The Five Stages of the Refloating Phase

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    Illustrations courtesy TheParbucklingProject.com

    http://gcaptain.com/costa-concordia-refloating-everything-you-need-to-know/
     
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    Refloating the Costa Concordia – Day 1 Time-Lapse Video

    By Mike Schuler On July 14, 2014




    On July 14, 2014, the Costa Concordia shipwreck was partially refloated by two meters from the artificial seabed on which it rested and moved approximately 30 meters to the east. With the vessel now floating, over the next few days technicians will secure and maneuver the sponsons into their final positions before the full refloating takes place. The entire refloating phase is expected to last 6 to 7 days.

    Like with the parbuckling, today’s partial refloating happened so slowly that by watching the live streams it was tough to tell if anything was happening at all. Luckily, this time-lapse provides some pretty solid evidence that the vessel is in fact floating.


    The Costa Concordia is scheduled to be towed to Genoa starting July 21, 2014, where it will be demolished. The tow is expected to take five days.


    So far, everything is going as planned.


    SEE ALSO: Refloating the Costa Concordia – LIVE UPDATES


    Video courtesy The Parbuckling Project


    http://gcaptain.com/costa-concordia-refloating-day-1-time-lapse-video/
     
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    Another ship heading for Bangladesh's Chittagong Ship Breaking Yard ...

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    Actually, no.

    They're going to dismantle it in Genoa. At, no doubt, extremely high cost - as opposed to, say, towing it to Alang, India.

    Two reasons, as I see it: First, insurance is paying the bill for this. So it's not as if they're working for a price.

    Second, and more important: This is HIGH PROFILE. This is a sort of showpiece...salvage as high drama. It's a chance to interject a morality play; that [assume castrati voice] environmental considerations are IMPORTANT.

    This will satisfy the modern Eloi opinion leaders, who have no idea of budgets or care of costs.

    The nameless, never-known work vessels go to Alang or Aliaga, Turkey.
     
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    [h=1]Conquest MB 1: The Crane Vessel That Made Costa Concordia Float Again[/h]





    July 15, 2014 By MI News Network

    Now the disaster ship Costa Concordia floats again, the work of the Dutch Conquest MB1 crane ship and her crew is there almost done. The Dutch company Conquest Offshore has in the recent months, in cooperation with a large group of international companies, installed the sponsoons that will refloat the Costa Concordia.

    The unique crane vessel (60 people) is characterised by the 1400 ton full revolving crane (360 degrees), the large (36x136m) and strong (min. 20 ton/m2) deck area and the very small working depth (3.5 m). These features make the Conquest MB 1 suitable for the special assignment in Italy. Conquest Offshore is proud of the exceptional team with whom this complicated task is completed successfully.

    On January 13, 2012 the cruise ship Costa Concordia with 4252 people on board became world news because it capsized in front of the harbor of the island of Giglio and sank against the rocks. The disaster took 32 lives. A disaster rumbled long after in Italy. The first phase is almost over now the ship is floating, and almost ready to be towed to Genoa.


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    The Italian government is sitting on top of it to see if the protected area of Giglio is not damaged. Environment, safety and reputation of the parties play an important role.

    The salvage of the Costa Concordia had a number of alternatives. The preferred option now implemented – to refloat the ship and tow it to the harbor of Genoa – asked for a special crane vessel. The recently completed multi-purpose crane ship Conquest MB1 is designed for marine and offshore heavy-lift operations. By coincidence, just in time operational to assist in the mega job along the Tuscan island of Giglio.


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    Offshore Conquest combines the strengths of three Dutch companies. It is a joint venture between Concordia Group, Van Es Holding group of companies (ea Jack-Up Barge) and Zwagerman Offshore Services. By combining the knowledge and skill of these three, a unique crane vessel in the world was created, which could be employed directly on the salvage operations of the Costa Concordia.

    During the trip to Genoa from Giglio, Conquest MB1 is nearby and ready for any needed assistance.


    http://www.marineinsight.com/shippi...vessel-that-made-costa-concordia-float-again/
     
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    Underwater Footage of Refloated Costa Concordia



    Published on Jul 15, 2014
    Here is some underwater footage filmed from beneath the Costa Concordia on July 15, 2014, one day after the initial refloat of the shipwreck.

    Complete Costa Concordia coverage at http://gcaptain.com/

    Video courtesy The Parbuckling Project
     
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    [h=1]Officials: Costa Concordia Water Quality Tests Show No Signs for Concern[/h]By Mike Schuler On July 16, 2014




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    Water samples taken in and around the refloated Costa Concordia shipwreck have shown no signs crtical levels of pollution, project officials confirmed Wednesday.

    The refloating operation, which is now in its third day, has continued around the clock as workers continue to prepare the shipwreck for its five-day tow to port of Genoa. On Wednesday, technicians have been working to connect and tension the chains of 3 starboard sponsons, according to the latest update from the project’s website, and the wreck has now risen out of the water by 2 meters in the bow area and 4 at the stern.

    Some good news for the environmental skeptics was also announced today. Water quality samples taken Monday, the first day of the refloating, have revealed no critical issues with the water in and around the wreck. Environmental protection has been at the forefront of the entire salvage operation since day 1. Throughout the refloating, cleanup crews have been motoring around the wreck and picking up any visible debris.

    Meanwhile, the 138-ton bollard pull AHTS MV Blizzard has now arrived in the area. The MV Blizzard will tow the Costa Concordia along with the MV Resolve Earl to the port of Genoa, where the cruise ship will eventually be scrapped. The MV Resolve Earl, another AHTS, has been on scene over the course of this week’s refloating operation. The Costa Concordia is currently held in position thanks to two other tugs, Garibaldo and Red Wolf on the east, which were both involved in the refloat (video of them in action HERE). You can see the two tugs below holding the Concordia in place, as well as the MV Resolve Earl just off to the side.





    http://gcaptain.com/costa-concordia-water-quality-tests-show-no-signs-for-concern/
     
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    Watch: New Time-Lapse Shows Progress in Costa Concordia Refloating

    By Mike Schuler On July 18, 2014





    The Costa Concordia shipwreck has been refloated now by an average of about 4 meters, according to the latest update from the project’s website.

    If you have been following the refloating this week, as we have, it has been difficult to see if anything at all was happening. After all, most of the action is happening below the water as divers continue to connect chains and cables needed for the upcoming towing operation to Genoa.

    This new time-lapse however provides some good visual evidence that progress is being made. It’s even more apparent if you look at the time-lapse from day 1 of the refloating operation, where the shipwreck was floated by 2 meters and moved away from shore.

    Over the weekend, the wreck is expected to be floated even further prior to its scheduled departure from the island on Monday, or possibly Tuesday depending on weather conditions and progress over the weekend.

    As it stands now, the water level has dropped from deck 6 to about deck 5. The Costa Concordia will be floated until the water drops just below deck 3 and the vessel reaches a its towing draft of 18.5 meters.

    gCaptain’s full coverage of the refloating can be found HERE: Refloating the Costa Concordia


    http://gcaptain.com/time-lapse-video-shows-progress-in-costa-concordia-refloating/
     
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    What I'm not getting, is why they're not lifting it up to where at least the freeboard is above water.

    There's going to be a lot of water resistance and pressure on the lower superstructure when they start moving it around, as is.

    I would have thought, too, they could have partly pumped out the hull to add to bouyancy.
     
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    Prolly a large hull breach makes it not worth the extra buoyancy. And the side mule-things would be of no value -- actually in the way -- if they did float it higher. The salvors are willing to have an awkward, yet safely floating pile of metal they can drag to the knackers.

    With this rig solidly in place, that pile of ex-ship scrap metal is most ricky-tick going to be one STABLE barge...

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    So I think gas mileage for towing ain't much of a consideration.


    One thang fo' sho': Gonna be a beyotch tryina sell cruise tickets for the sucker. :s13:
     
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    Costa Concordia Being Readied for Final Tow to Genoa

    By Mike Schuler On July 20, 2014




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    After 2 and a half years shipwrecked along the small island of Giglio, the end is finally within sight.

    The refloating of the Costa Concordia has continued around the clock this weekend, with salvage crews working to lower the remaining sponsons into place in preparation for the full refloating and upcoming towing operation.

    According to the latest update from project officials Sunday afternoon, the wreck has now emerged 7.5 meters, with 6.3 meters remaining.

    Crews were working Sunday to maneuver the last 6 sponsons into place. Once this is completed, deck four and deck three of the ship are expected to emerge from the water rapidly.

    One incident of note, at about 11 p.m. Saturday night, a small amount of oil was spotted in the water around amidship. The Oil Spill Response team was quick to jump on the spill, placing absorbent boom to clean the area. There is no evidence of leakage in progress and project officials said that no damage to the structure or equipment has been observed.

    Still no confirmation if the shipwreck is expected to depart for Genoa on Monday as originally planned, or if the departure would pushed back until Tuesday. According to a report from Reuters, the departure has been pushed back to Tuesday due to forecasts of rough seas.

    Project officials did release some details Sunday about the convoy of ships that will accompany the Costa Concordia during its five-day tow to the port of Genoa. The tow itself will be performed by the AHTS’ MV Resolve Earl and MV ITC Blizzard, while another 12 vessels will surround the wreck each serving a different purpose. You can see the details of the convoy in the graphic below.

    We will update with any new information that becomes available today. gCaptain’s full coverage of the refloating can be found HERE.


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    I wonder if they'll pump the water out of her before they get going?
     
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    Negative.

    We discussed that two posts up.

    The consensus was: the hull is too badly breached and with the sponsons/pontoons the ship is stable riding low.

    It only has to go a relatively short distance, and slowly...just get there, and it's all over.
     
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    Costa Concordia Departure Pushed Back to Wednesday

    By Mike Schuler On July 21, 2014




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    With the full refloating of the Costa Concordia cruise liner almost complete, departure of the shipwreck from Giglio has been confirmed for Wednesday, July 23, according to salvage officials.

    An update Monday afternoon in Giglio said that the salvors from the consortium Titan-Micoperi have been pushed back until Wednesday from its original departure date of July 21 due to wind and weather conditions.

    Technicians working to refloat the shipwreck battled strong winds overnight Sunday and into Monday, but work continued and the wreck has now emerged from the water by about 11 meters. There are still three meters to go until the wreck reaches its final towing draft of 18.5 meters, according to an update from the project’s website. Starboard sponson S4 is almost in position, the update said, and work is in progress to lower sponsons S5 and S14.

    The effort to refloat Costa Concordia shipwreck kicked off last Monday when technicians began pumping air into 30 steel sponsons secured to either side of the hulk, providing the flotation for the vessel to be lifted from underwater platforms on which it rested since the end of the parbuckling operation in September 2013. The refloating operation made some good progress over the weekend despite a small oil spill towards the aft of the vessel on Saturday night. The spill, which was estimated to be about 50 liters, was quickly contained and an inspection of the vessel and equipment showed no signs of any additional leakage.

    A convoy of 14 vessels will accompany the wreck during its tow to Genoa, where the ship will eventually be scrapped. The tow itself will be carried out by the AHTS’ MV ITC Blizzard and MV Resold Earl and will take approximately 5 days.



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    Costa Concordia Fully Afloat

    By Mike Schuler On July 22, 2014




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    The Costa Concordia shipwreck has reached its final towing draft, thus completing the refloating phase of the largest maritime salvage in history.

    An update Tuesday from the project’s website said that technicians had lowered the last starboard sponson (S14) into place, bring the vessel vessel its towing draft of about 18 meters, and work was in progress to complete the last operations before the towing operation.

    The departure of the Costa Concordia is scheduled to kick off Wednesday morning at 8:30 a.m. local time. Arrival at Genoa is tentatively scheduled for Sunday, four days later.

    Currently, welding is in progress to position the bollards needed for the arrival of the ship once it reaches port in Genoa.

    The refloating operation began last Monday (July 14) and was carried out in several, slow moving stages.

    gCaptain’s full coverage of the Costa Concordia refloating and upcoming towing operation can be found HERE.


    http://gcaptain.com/costa-concordia-fully-afloat/
     
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    They lifted her a lot higher than I thought they would
     
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    15 Spectacular Photos Of The Refloated Costa Concordia

    By Mike Schuler On July 22, 2014




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    The operation to refloat the Costa Concordia shipwreck from the shores of Giglio kicked off on the morning of July 14, 2014, two and a half years after the cruise liner shipwrecked along the small Italian island, killing 32 people. To remove the vessel from the island once and for all, engineers from the salvage consortium Titan-Micoperi slowly pumped air into 30 steel boxes known as sponsons that are secured to either sides of the wreck, providing for the flotation.

    The refloating phase was completed when the Costa Concordia reached its required draft of about 18.5 meters sometime on Tuesday, July 22, 2013, nine days after the operation began. The Costa Concordia will now be towed to the port Genoa where it will be demolished and the island will be returned to its original state as though nothing ever happened.

    The departure of the Costa Concordia is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 23, 2014, after the arrival of the first ferry from Porto Santo Stefano. The tow itself will be led by the tug MV Blizzard along with the MV Resolve Earl and is expected to take 4 days, with arrival scheduled for Sunday. A convoy of an additional 12 vessels will also accompany the wreck during the tow.

    Full Coverage: Costa Concordia Refloating and Tow


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    RELATED: The Costa Concordia Parbuckling in HD Pictures



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    At 2 Knots, Costa Concordia Heads to the Scrapyard

    By Reuters On July 23, 2014




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    GIGLIO ISLAND, Italy, July 23 (Reuters) – Maneouvres began early on Wednesday to remove the rusty hulk of the Costa Concordia cruise liner from the Italian island where it struck rocks and capsized two years ago, killing 32 people.

    A convoy of 14 vessels, led by the tug boat Blizzard, will start to tow the Concordia later on Wednesday to a port near Genoa in northern Italy where it is due to arrive on Sunday, before being broken up for scrap.

    The once-gleaming white luxury liner sank off the holiday island of Giglio in January 2012 after sailing too close to shore. Its wreck has remained there ever since as engineers embarked on one of the largest maritime salvage operations in history.

    Over the past week, salvagers have slowly lifted the 114,500-tonne ship from underwater platforms by pumping air into 30 large metal boxes, or sponsons, attached to the hull.

    Franco Porcellachia, engineer in charge of the salvage, said on Tuesday that his team had done everything in their power to make sure the ship, which is around two-and-a-half times the size of the Titanic, was structurally sound.

    “When we are in sight of the port of Genoa, we can declare victory,” said Franco Gabrielli, the head of Italy’s civil protection service, on Wednesday.

    The whole salvage operation is set to cost the ship’s owners Costa Crociere, a unit of Carnival Corp over 1.5 billion euros ($2 billion), its chief executive said earlier this month.

    Bad weather delayed the process by two days, and salvage master Nick Sloane said on Wednesday that “forecasts are good” and “today is a big day for Giglio”.

    Probably before midday, the ship will take a route out of the port towards the east, before heading north at a rate of two knots, or nautical miles per hour, Sloane said.


    DEPARTURE

    The wreck’s departure removes both the physical remains, which prompted worries about pollution on the picturesque Tuscan coastline, and the visual spectre of a chaotic evacuation of crew and passengers, some of whom jumped ship and swam ashore.

    “At the beginning, this ship was a place where I saw tragedy strike, I saw death,” said Italian Luciano Castro, a survivor of the tragedy. “Over time though, I thought this ship is also a place where a miracle occurred. It is true that unfortunately 32 people died but also 4,000 people were saved.”

    The ship’s captain Francesco Schettino is fighting charges of manslaughter, causing a shipwreck as he tried to “salute” the port, and abandoning ship.

    During court proceedings earlier this year, the cruise company’s crisis coordinator said Schettino tried to persuade him to pretend an electrical blackout had caused the wreck.

    One person who was on the ship when it sank is still missing. Salvage organisers have said the search for the body will continue once the Concordia has left Giglio.

    The ship was righted in September in a complex “parbuckling” operation in which the huge hulk was slowly lifted off the rocks in an operation that took 19 hours and drew media coverage from around the world.

    The demolition and scrapping will be done by a consortium including Italian oil services group Saipem and Genoa-based companies Mariotti and San Giorgio. ($1 = 0.7426 euros) (Reporting by Eleanor Biles and Silvia Ognibene, writing by Isla Binnie Editing by Steve Scherer and Susan Fenton)

    (c) 2014 Thomson Reuters, All Rights Reserved


    http://gcaptain.com/costa-concordia-departs-giglio-shipyard/


    Greenpeace Activists to Shadow Costa Concordia During Tow
    http://gcaptain.com/greenpeace-activists-to-shadow-costa-concordia-during-tow/
     
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    No, its a ship that was mistreated and abandoned to the elements for 2 years. I'll wager the reporter's car has more rust.

    How is this relevant, except to manage to sneak the name Titanic in for cheap shock value? Does he really think everyone out there knows the Titanic's measurements? And if the Engineer in Charge says it's structurally sound, it's hardly a 'rusty hulk' is it? Go back to English class you stupid git. Cheap journalism like this really is the bottom of the bottom feeder pool.

    This bothers me, as it should anyone with a love of boats. How much would it cost to clean that off and give her back her name? Let her have her pride as she take her last cruise.
     
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    [h=1]Watch: Drone Films Costa Concordia Under Tow[/h]By Mike Schuler On July 23, 2014





    Here’s the view of the Costa Concordia under tow from an aerial drone.

    The video was filmed Wednesday morning after the shipwreck departed the island of Giglio under tow by two tugs.

    The two tugs in the video are the MV Blizzard (red) and the MV Resolve Earl (black, which together have a combined horsepower of 24,000 and 275 tons of bollard pull. You can see another two auxiliary tugs positioned off the stern of the Concordia, as well as another 10 or so vessels that will accompany the wreck during its tow to Genoa.

    The route will take the vessels west-southwest to a point south of the island of Montecristo. The convoy will then head west-northwest to a position south of the island called Scoglio d’Africa before crossing the Ligurian Sea to the Port of Genoa Voltri in Genoa, where the cruise ship will be demolished.

    Arrival in Genoa is scheduled for Saturday afternoon or Sunday, depending on weather conditions.

    Full Coverage: Costa Concordia Refloat and Tow


    http://gcaptain.com/watch-aerial-drone-footage-of-costa-concordia-under-tow/
     
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    It occurred to me...

    ...expensive as this ship-breaking is looking to be...and in an EC nation yard, no less...would it surprise anyone if the tug crews just kinda lost control of that thing in the open seas; and it were to, kinda like, turn turtle and sink again?

    This has happened before; the SS America was sold to dubious bidders with vague plans about a floating hotel. Instead the towing crew "lost" it and it drifted until it ran around in the Canary Islands.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_America_(1940)

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    It was probably to have been scuttled; bad luck for the tug crew that it ran aground before sinking.
     
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    :thumbs_up:.................... For some reason I don't think it'll happen but it is food for thought. BTW.............You made me smile big time with this :beerglass:
     
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    So Far So Good For Costa Concordia Tow

    By Mike Schuler On July 24, 2014




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    The Costa Concordia has travelled 63 nautical miles and shows no signs of trouble after 30 hours at sea, according to an update from the project’s website at about 8 p.m. local time (CEST) Thursday.

    The convoy is currently located between Isola d’Elba and Corsica and is heading north northwest at an average speed of about 2 knots.

    The Costa Concordia’s course is currently 349° and she is traveling at 3 knots, according to AIS data from MarineTraffic.com.

    Sea conditions remain calm, with 13 knot winds coming from the N-NE. Conditions are forecasted to be good into Friday, with light winds coming from the south.

    Ongoing assessments of the sponsons and their connections to the ship – including cables, chains and strand-jacks – have so far shown positive results with no signs of concern.

    Environmental monitoring is also ongoing as planned in the waters surrounding the wreck. Initial results from testing performed Wednesday evening have revealed no signs of environmental pollution. Environmental monitoring by public institutions are in progress, as well as samplings carried out by the marine biologists of University La Sapienza that have been appointed by Costa Crociere and the Titan Micoperi consortium.

    Based on the latest conditions, arrival in Genoa is anticipated for 3 a.m. Sunday morning.


    Full Coverage: Costa Concordia Refloating and Tow


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    So...did the big pile of scrap make it to the razor-blade material-preparation plant in Genoa?
     
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    Smooth Sailing for Costa Concordia, Convoy Within Sight of Genoa

    By Mike Schuler On July 26, 2014




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    A little more than three days since departing Giglio for the first time two and a half years, the Costa Concordia is approximately 20 nautical miles from reaching its destination at the port of Genoa.

    The convoy is now traveling at speed of about 1 knot and reduce in speed as they get closer to port. Arrival is still expected overnight Saturday, with entrance into port expected for Sunday morning.


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    Full Coverage: Costa Concordia Refloat and Tow


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    Costa Concordia Arrives Safely in Genoa, Completing Historic Salvage Operation

    By Reuters On July 27, 2014




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    GENOA, Italy, July 27 (Reuters) – The wrecked Costa Concordia cruise liner limped into its last port on Sunday, when it was towed to the northern Italian city of Genoa to be broken up for scrap, two-and-a-half years after running aground and sinking with the loss of 32 lives.

    After a four-day journey from the Tuscan island of Giglio, where it sank on Jan. 13, 2012, the 114,500-tonne hulk was manoeuvered into place and secured at the conclusion of one of the largest and most complex maritime salvages ever attempted.

    Prime Minister Matteo Renzi flew to Genoa to hail the completion of the operation which restored some pride to Italy after a disaster that was widely interpreted as a national humiliation as well as a human tragedy.

    “This isn’t a day for showing off or creating a spectacle, but it’s a mark of gratitude from the prime minister for getting something done which everyone said would be impossible,” Renzi told reporters on the dock, saluting the work of the salvage engineers from Italy and around the world.

    “We have had a terrible page to turn, but Italy isn’t a country destined for the scrap heap,” he said.

    In contrast to the night when the Concordia ran aground and capsized during a display sometimes performed by cruise ships known as a “salute”, the salvage operation has been a resounding technical success.

    After hours of preparation, dockworkers fixed the wreck in place in the industrial port of Voltri, just outside the main harbour in Genoa.


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    It will be dismantled by a consortium led by Italian engineering group Saipem and Genoa-based San Giorgio del Porto in an operation expected to cost 100 million euros and take up to two years.

    The overall salvage effort is expected to cost Carnival Corp , owner of the ship’s operator, Costa Cruises and its insurers more than 1.5 billion euros ($2.14 billion).


    Floating Hotel

    The Costa Concordia, as long as three football pitches laid end to end with 13 passenger decks, was carrying some 4,000 passengers and crew when it went down shortly after the start of a Mediterranean cruise.

    Its captain, Francesco Schettino, is on trial for causing the shipwreck, which ended in a chaotic nighttime evacuation during which 32 people died. The body of one crew member lost during the accident has still not been recovered.

    Full Coverage: Costa Concordia Refloating and Tow

    Work has proceeded with very few serious hitches since the wreck was brought upright from its position on the rocks last September. That was a multinational effort led by U.S. maritime recovery specialist Titan Salvage which involved as many as 200 crew working on the site at any one time.

    After spending the winter months secured in place, the liner was refloated last week and began the voyage of nearly 200 miles to Genoa, which beat rival bids from ports in Italy and Turkey to secure the demolition contract.

    Supported by huge “sponsons”, or buoyancy tanks, on either side, the wreck has been towed by two tugboats accompanied by a convoy of auxiliary vessels, travelling at an average speed of around two nautical miles an hour. Helped by calm seas, there were no major alarms during the voyage.

    Environment Minister Gian Luca Galletti said concerns in France about possible pollution damage during the transfer, which took the Concordia near Corsica, had proved unfounded. “There hasn’t been any problem at all. They should have a bit more confidence in Italians,” he said. ($1 = 0.7448 Euros) (Writing By James Mackenzie; Editing by Hugh Lawson, Larry King)


    © 2014 Thomson Reuters. All rights reserved.


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    Searcher, thanks for the updates..
    Fascinating read! It is a rather amazing engineering feat, to say the least.

    The cost for the project is stunning, much more than to build it $570 million.

    The only thing they left behind was the old captain, whom could have been
    decommission with the ship..
     
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    No.

    He's goin' to the brig.

    Not only is the case, grossly-negligent operation of his vessel, causing death and severe damages...not only is the case pretty much open-and-shut, but he proved himself, first a gigalo (pursuing female passengers for sex on that cruise) and a drunk (he was reported under the influence that night) and then a coward (he was one of the FIRST off the ship, not the last, and a long, taped radiotelephone conversation with the Italian coast-guard showed how craven and weakly he was when things were not going his way.

    Even by wimpy Eurostan standards, he's beneath contempt.

    He'll be in a comfy Italian jail (a little more comfortable than an American Motel 6) for the rest of his natural life; or at least until old age takes the lead out of his pencil. Which to him, might be a fate worse than death.
     
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    Here's an update on the "captain"

    Captain Schettino parties in Ischia as the Costa Concordia makes its final journey

    Francesco Schettino, the captain of the Costa Concordia, has been photographed celebrating a reported book deal on the holiday island of Ischia – while his trial for manslaughter continues


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    Harriet Alexander in Rome

    2:06PM BST 26 Jul 2014


    As the stricken Costa Concordia limped its way towards Genoa last week, all of Italy was remembering the 32 people who lost their lives in the cruise ship disaster.


    All of Italy, it would seem, except the captain of the ship.


    Francesco Schettino, the slick-haired skipper of the doomed vessel, was photographed on Friday jetting around the holiday island of Ischia, accompanied by a gaggle of glamorous women.


    As images emerged of Schettino chatting on his mobile phone as he steered a speed boat, local media suggested he was celebrating signing a book deal.


    The huge cruise ship is due to arrive in Genoa on Saturday night or early Sunday morning, where it will finally be broken down – two and a half years after the catastrophic accident.



    Yet to onlookers it appeared as if the much-criticised captain had no care in the world.

    On Monday he had posed for photographers at Italian publisher Pietro Graus's third annual "White Party" – an exclusive event on the Bay of Naples island of Ischia at which all the guests wear white, held on the mogul's roof terrace overlooking the sea.

    Appearing tanned and relaxed, the captain – who is currently on trial for manslaughter, abandoning a ship and causing a maritime disaster – posed with two women in a photograph which was splashed across the front pages of a local newspaper the next day.

    "Clamoroso: Schettino" read the headline in Il Golfo – meaning "blatant".

    The photos were reprinted across the Italian press, with Corriere della Sera describing Schettino as "guest of honour in Ischia", sparking anger on social media and the airwaves.

    Gianni Simioli, from Naples-based Radio Marte Stereo, described his appearance as "absolutely inappropriate and objectionable."
    He told his listeners: "Schettino appears tanned, relaxed, serene.

    "How can you be so cheerful and calm, just as this tragedy is being relived, and go to this cosmopolitan party?"

    Angelo Mangiante, a former tennis professional who now hosts a show on Sky Sports, wrote on Twitter: "32 dead, 110 injured. And he, Schettino, is still on holiday, guest of honour among the VIPs of Ischia. I am ashamed of this Italy."

    Fede Bassano, a lawyer, wrote: "While the ghost of Concordia makes its last trip, Schettino is guest of honour at a party in Ischia. It makes me vomit."

    The 53 year-old has become the focus for much of the anger at the disaster. He claims that he is being made a scapegoat for Costa Cruises, but that has not prevented his vilification. Traders have even begun selling T-shirts bearing the slogan "Get back on board, for f---'s sake", the furious command from Gregorio De Falco, a coastguard official, telling the captain to return to the ship and take command of the mass evacuation.

    The trial of Schettino has heard that he was a "dare devil", according to one ship's officer, who drove his 114,000 tonne, 13-storey cruise liner "like a Ferrari" and telephoned his "Mamma" as soon as he realised the trouble he was in.

    Schettino has admitted sailing too close to the island of Giglio, off the coast of Tuscany, but denied abandoning the ship. His lawyer said that Schettino's actions prevented the tragedy from being worse.

    "The captain defended his role on the direction of the ship after the collision, which in the captain's opinion saved hundreds if not thousands of lives," said Bruno Leporatti. "The captain specified that he did not abandon ship."

    To mark the first anniversary of the disaster, the captain told La Stampa newspaper: "I've been treated worse than Bin Laden, while my regret for what happened is enormous.

    "I reject the image that has been attached to myself, it ridicules not only 30 years of my work but my experience worldwide and also the image of our country has been opened to unjust criticism globally."

    While public anger directed at Schettino remained undiminished, Mr Graus, the host of the party, defended his decision to invite the captain – who has insisted that he slipped off the boat, fell into a lifeboat, and was begging the crew to allow him to return to the sinking vessel and its 4,200 passengers.

    "The commander was invited to the event that I organise every year for my publishing house," he explained. He denied that the party had been organised on behalf of Schettino.

    "There was no guest of honour," he said.

    And he explained that he hoped to publish Schettino's book – once the criminal trial was concluded.

    "I crossed paths with Captain Francesco Schettino by chance a few months ago.

    "We introduced ourselves and, having exchanged a few words, stood chatting about the Concordia.

    "From the beginning I realised that Schettino has an unspoken pain inside, which he has never been able tell, about all that has happened.

    "Since that time the idea was born to make him tell his story in a book."

    He said the book project was "an intention that unites us, but that, for now, remains a hypothesis."

    Schettino was said to be renting an apartment on the island, on the sea front between the towns of Casamicciola and Lacco Ameno, to escape the media while the ship is being towed away – and to concentrate on writing.

    Mr Graus said: "I have a duty to transfer all the pain, the anger of a man who has always had before him the silent and endless horizons of the sea.

    "Perhaps for this reason he cannot express his emotions."


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    I almost understand why he's doing that.

    He's going away for a LOOOONNNGGG...TIME. There is NO justification for what he did; he will have NO friend ready to intercede with the courts. The whole cruise industry is suspect with such a juvenile playboy put in charge of such a massive ship.

    He's having his last fling, however long it lasts. Tup as many babes as he can; get as drunk, as high, as manic, as he can...for for him, there IS no tomorrow.

    It wouldn't surprise me if there's a suicide before sentencing. It would be in keeping with his lack of courage or personal integrity.
     
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    Italian Professor in Hot Water for Hosting Costa Concordia Captain

    By Reuters On August 6, 2014



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    ROME, Aug 6 (Reuters) – A professor who invited the disgraced captain of the capsized Costa Concordia to speak at a criminology seminar has been referred to the ethics committee at Rome’s La Sapienza University, the university said on Wednesday.

    Professor Vincenzo Mastronardi held the seminar last month reconstructing the January 2012 shipwreck in which 32 people died, complete with 3D graphics and comments from the ship’s captain Francesco Schettino, the university said.

    Schettino is on trial for manslaughter and accused of causing the incident and abandoning the 114,500-tonne luxury liner after it struck rocks and sank off the Italian coast, precipitating a chaotic nighttime evacuation.

    A coastguard’s order to Schettino to “Get back on board, damn it!” spread quickly in Italy and was printed on t-shirts.

    “Everyone remembers the exchange between the coast guard and Schettino, with the curt order to return to the ship,” La Sapienza said in a statement. “This is quite enough to brand Professor Mastronardi’s actions as contrary to the objectives of any academic event.”

    La Repubblica newspaper quoted Mastronardi as saying he would clear up any misunderstanding with La Sapienza, saying the seminar had been reserved for specialists.

    The ethics committee was expected to decide whether to take disciplinary action against the professor.

    La Sapienza said Mastronardi’s faux-pas was made more serious by the fact that legal action was still ongoing and that there was no one there to represent the other side, such as a passenger or someone who lost a relative in the disaster.

    Schettino, who was in charge of the ship when it performed the maritime display known as a “salute”, which brought it dangerously close to shore, denies the charges.

    The Costa Concordia, as long as three football pitches laid end to end, was towed in July to the Italian port of Genoa to be broken up for scrap after wallowing by the Tuscan island of Giglio for two and a half years.

    A chorus of Twitter users responded on Wednesday to Italian media reports that the seminar had happened, with the hashtag “#sapienza” appearing alongside witticisms such as “Get back to your desk, damn it!” (Reporting by Isla Binnie; Editing by Crispian Balmer)


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    Human Remains Found Onboard Costa Concordia

    By Mike Schuler On August 6, 2014




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    Bones possibly belonging to the Costa Concordia’s only still missing person may have been found onboard the hulk of the vessel.

    A search for the last missing person kicked off Tuesday onboard the Costa Concordia at the port of Genoa, where the vessel is now berthed following the successful refloating and towing operation carried out last month.

    According to a statement by the Italian Deptartment of Civil Protection, the bones were found by divers on deck number 3 of the ship and they will need to be analyzed to confirm whether or not they below to the missing person.

    The green light for the search at the Port of Genoa comes after a search of the seabed at Giglio island following the vessel’s departure returned no signs of the missing person.

    Teams of searchers from the Provincial Fire Fighters of Genoa, the Scuba Divers Operational Group of the La Spezia Navy, the Provincial Scuba Divers of the Genoa Carabinieri and the Guardia di Finanza of Genoa were expected to begin the search Tuesday, according to the Italian Dept. of Civil Protection. The search was to commence on deck number 4, which had been under water since the initial disaster, and work down towards lower decks.

    The missing person is identified as Russel Rebello, who according to Reuters report was a waiter from India.

    In October, the remains of Maria Grazia Trecarichi were discovered onboard the ship. The statement from the Dept. of Civil Protection said that it can not be ruled out the remains belong to Trecarichi.

    A total of 32 people were killed when the ship hit rocks and partially sank along Giglio in 2012.

    On Tuesday, the Dept. of Civil Protection said that the dismantling of the ship would not begin until the wreck was thoroughly searched.


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    Costa Concordia Captain Francesco Schettino Testifies


    By Mike Schuler On December 2, 2014




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    Costa Concordia Captain Francesco Schettino took the stand Tuesday to offer his first testimony in his own trial on charges of manslaughter, causing a shipwreck and abandoning ship.


    Schettino was captain of the ill-fated Costa Concordia when it wrecked on Isola del Giglio on the night of January 12, 2012 during a high seas ‘salute’. The disaster resulted in the deaths of 32 people and kicked off the largest maritime salvage operation in history.


    In his testimony, Schettino was described as combative, defiant, and contradictory of testimony offered by other of the ship’s officers and even his own previous statements.


    The ongoing manslaughter trial kicked off in July 2013 but was immediately postponed due to a lawyer strike in Italy. If found guilty, Schettino could face up to 20 years in prison. A verdict could come early next year.


    An in-depth report on Schettino’s testimony can be found at CNN and Italy’s The Local. Also NPR has a good round-up of links.


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