Saturday, July 12, 2014

Italy: Update--Shipwrecked "Costa Concordia" Finally to Be Righted, Salvaged

According to The Associated Press, Italian authorities say work to raise the shipwrecked Costa Concordia so it can be towed away for scrapping can start Monday (July 14), weather-permitting.

The cruise liner struck a reef when it came too close to Giglio Island in January 2012 and capsized, killing 32 people. 

COMMENT: After a daring engineering operation to right the Costa Concordia in September 2013, crews fastened huge tanks to its flanks like water wings to float it off underwater platforms for towing to Genoa, on the mainland, for scrapping.

Government authorities said Saturday (July 12) the floating operation could begin Monday and would last several days. 

Ship owner Costa Crociere Spa said towing is set for July 21. 

The "Costa Concordia's" Italian captain is being tried in Tuscany for manslaughter, causing the shipwreck and abandoning ship before all passengers were evacuated.

This report will be updated during the Captain's trial.