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Sunday, 5 February 2012
Costa Concordia Wreck to be Patched Up and Refloated ....
The wreck of the Costa Concordia cruise ship is to be refloated and removed in one piece says Franco Gabrielli, the head of the Italian Civil Protection Authority. Residents on the island of Giglio were concerned that the wreck could damage this years holiday trade and put off 'high rollers' who park their yachts where the wreck is currently sited.
Dutch salavagers SMIT have already submitted plans which involves a custom made metal skin patch being welded or clamped to the gaping hole in the hull. The refloating would be attempted after 500,000 gallons of gasoil had first been removed. Internal bouyancy vynil liner bags would be inflated inside the hull and an external floatation jacket would envelope the outside of the structure. The final part of the operation would be to lift the whole wreck onto a submersible pontoon platform, and then float it away either for dismantling or refurbishment.
How it should be done...Lifeboat drill onboard a Royal Caribbean Ship Independence of the Seas, although they have now dropped the requirement of physically wearing your lifevest at the compulsory muster
The latter is an unlikely prospect as the wreck is still regarded as a maritime grave site. The owners Carnival /Costa Cruises suggest that 10 savage companies have already been approached and that a contract will be issued in March. The removal operation is estimated to take at least 10 months.
Julian Bray Cruise Industry Expert adds: The statement that the owners Costa Cruises will award the salvage contract is highly unusual, as by this time following such an incident, the owners would normally pass ownership to their insurers, and the insurers would then either arrange recovery or decide the fate of the wreck. Clearly public interest and worldwide publicity with its knock on effect on the cruise industry as a whole, has prompted the owners not to part with the wreck and therefore lose control of the eventual disposal of the wreck.
The ship is unlikely to carry passengers again although components from the wreck may be refurbished and reused elsewhere. When the RMS Titanic sank 100 years ago, the recovered lifeboats, had their RMS Titanic nameplates immediately removed and the life boats were put back into service on other White Star Line ships within weeks.
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