The sinking of the Costa Concordia
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Project 1, The parbuckling project (recovery)

 
Costa Concordia a few statistics concerning "The parbuckling project" :
  • 474 people worked in alternating 24/24 and 7/7, between August 2012 and July 2014.
  • 100 divers plunged alternately 24/24 and 7/7, between August 2012 and July 2014.
  • 13 000 registered individual dives.
  • 25 ships and boats were used continuously.
  • 48 steel strings have encircled the ship to stabilize it.
  • 26 tonnes is the weight of each chain.
  • 31 000 tonnes of steel for the whole construction.
  • 30 boxes to right, bail out and float the Costa Concordia.
  • 11 700 tonnes is the total weight of the 30 boxes that were used to straighten and float the Concordia.
  • 1000 m2 is the area of the platforms that have received the Costa Concordia.
  • 30 meters is the depth below sea level where the platform is.
  • 9 meters, it is the depth at which it was necessary to drill the holes in granite to plant the pillars.
  • 18 000 tonnes of grout bags (mortar), to create an artificial floor between the hull of the Concordia and rocks and remove blemishes bedrock.
  • 9 tonnes of welding rods.
  • 33 Km welding performed.
  • 21 steel pillars 2 meters in diameter.
  • 21 holes of 2 meters in diameter drilled in the granite rock.
  • 1000 tonnes is the weight of the largest of the platforms.
  • 12 turrets equipped with engine and hydraulic system each that were used to straighten the Costa Concordia.
  • 9000 tonnes is the pull exerted by the hydraulic cables that have righted the Costa Concordia.
  • 19 hours is the time it took to rectify the Costa Concordia.
  • 9 days is the time it took to refloat the Costa Concordia.
  • 5 days is the duration of the trip to Genoa (I).
  • $ 1.5 billion is the amount that it cost to insurance companies shipwreck.
Official site : The Parbuckling project.
 
Sunday, November 24, 2013, the Lions Club of Grosseto congratulate the actors of "The parbuckling" :
Yesterday at Orbetello (It) took place at a conference organized by the Lions Club of Grosseto, in the Auditorium di Piazza Giovanni XXIII, a presentation of the main players in the rotation of the Costa Concordia, the government commissioner Franco Gabrielli, the engineer and head of the rotation, a true star in Italy Nick Sloane, who said: "I received a call from Titan who asked me if I wanted to participate in this project, I immediately agreed." He explained these months of preparation and joy after the amazing success of the rotation.
He also explained that the Costa Concordia was totally secure for the passage of winter, and then the work of strengthening the starboard side and the installation of the boxes will start.

For his part Franco Gabrielli said after welcoming and congratulate all those who believed in the project and participated: "Now we have to think through the winter with the ship in that position, then ask caissons and refloat the vessel. the fourth stage will greet with the handkerchief on the platform of Giglio, this troublesome presence. and then it will find the body of Russel Rebello. "

 
Thursday, November 21, 2013, the Costa Concordia ship-side ghost :
The site of the local newspaper "Giglio News" had shone since practically the beginning of webcams on the Costa Concordia. Last night I caught two planes of the Costa Concordia, which gives a strange effect, as if the ship was out of the water and resume its original route. Grazie Giglio News ... Click on the pictures to be browsing in general.
 
Wednesday, November 20, 2013, the hotel-ship ASV Pioneer left the island of Giglio:
Hotel ship ASV Pioneer equipped sixty double cabins and a restaurant left the island of Giglio yesterday Tuesday Piombino (It). This ship arrived Sunday, October 21, 2012, initially for six months, but there will remain 13 months. This departure suggests that many technicians have left the site of the Costa Concordia. It is true that today there remains only the 19 caissons to ask, 4 and 15 on the port side to the starboard side, which requires much less staff on site.
 
Tuesday, November 12, 2013, press release, Costa Cruises and Titan / Micoperi :

Costa Cruises and Titan / Micoperi consortium inform the Concordia is stable platforms, as confirmed by the results of constant monitoring.

The stability of the wreck is also enhanced by additional measures that have been studied to prepare the Concordia to face the winter season and are currently being completed.
28 tubular steel struts were positioned and connected to the wreck in socks on platforms underwater sea side, while the positioning of grout bags on the side of the shore was completed yesterday. The installation of an additional locking system for the stern is the third current operation.

Overall, wintering steps should be completed before the end of November.

The environmental monitoring is also underway and the results do not create concern. As always, all the plans for monitoring and recovery are in place to recover any material that could emerge from the wreckage.

 
Friday, November 8, 2013, press release Titan / Micoperi:
Titan Micoperi Consortium announced that early this morning four unauthorized persons have been seen aboard the Concordia. They were identified by the CCTV system of Titan Salvage operators, who informed the local police.

The company has taken immediate steps to remove the project workers.

Titan Micoperi highlights how the existing monitoring system has worked effectively with rapid individuation unauthorized persons and the immediate involvement of the authorities.
 
Monday, November 4, 2013, in Orlando Concordia ship will be destroyed in Italy:
The Italian Minister of the Environment Andrea Orlando confirmed today on Radio 24, the Costa Concordia will remain in Italy to be dismantled: "The Concordia will be dismantled in the nearest port at which it can be removed if Piombino. ended when the Concordia will be moved it will go there, otherwise we will see with another port, we have several possible Italian ports. at the moment we are working on Piombino. "
 
Saturday, November 2, 2013, wintering operations continue:
Costa Concordia emergency control operations are progressing rapidly, the 8 steel struts were installed on platforms No. 1 and No. 3 and the other 12 on the platform No. 2. The grout bags installation continues at the platform level # 2 installation is completed, and raises the overall rate grout bags is 54%.
 
Saturday, October 26, 2013, the ongoing conflict between the Italian Government and Costa Cruises:
New episode in the soap Italian Government and Costa Cruises, the Minister of the Environment Andrea Orlando, denies that the Costa Concordia could finish out these days in Italy and for him this is not Costa Cruises will decide where the dismantling : "the dismantling and disposal of waste will be in our country because we do not want to bring this waste to countries that do not have adequate legislation and has a number of cons-indications."
 
Thursday, October 24, 2013, the first spacers were asked:
The first spacers between the underwater platform No. 2 and the box No. 13 were asked Friday, October 18th. These spacers will help secure the Concordia on the platform and prevent it from moving during the winter.
 
Friday, October 18, 2013, the Concordia steering Smyrna in Turkey:
According to the site "WK-Transport-Logistics" which was the first to announce that Costa Cruises had hired the ship "Vanguard Dockwise", the largest semi-submersible in the world to transport in one piece the Costa Concordia, we informs today that it will not be in Piombino (it), but in Izmir in Turkey (Merchant Navy source) that will be dismantled cruise ship. Because according to the website "WK-Transport-Logistics", Costa Cruises and Carnival US parent stated that no Italian port had responded to the specifications requested. The site also points out that the Costa Concordia Giglio Island leave before the end of the first half of 2014.
 
Tuesday, October 15, 2013, Enrico Rossi is losing patience:
The President of the Tuscany Region Enrico Rossi is losing patience with all the information given and sends the Costa Concordia in many Italian or Turkish ports. For the president of the Tuscany region, the Italian authorities are the only ones that can issue a permit navigation for the transport of the Costa Concordia and to this day the port of destination is none other than Piombino (It) : "From the beginning, Concordia is considered as waste, the best place to its dismantling remains the Region. the Monti government has never rejected this proposal and spoke in favor of Piombino for the scrapping of the vessel and are working to turn the Tuscan harbor standards so that it can host the Concordia but also other ships for scrap. "

Undersecretary of State, Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport Italian Erasmo De Angelis confirms what the President of the Tuscany region: "The navigation permit will be granted only if it is Concordia Piombino destination." Photo Toscana Notizie
 
Monday, October 14, 2013, the Costa Concordia leadership Izmir:
According to international mail, group site Le Monde, the Costa Concordia should start next year for the port of Izmir in Turkey, and that the vessel Dockwise Vanguard due to the inability to find an Italian port capable today to dismantle the cruise ship ...

Although the Undersecretary of State, Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport Italian Erasmo De Angelis, the website says otherwise ANSA.it: "Italy is ready and will be perfectly capable of safely manage the disposal and disposal of Concordia, and conflicts between regions does not make sense. "

Today the ship is still owned by Costa Cruises, and investment for dismantling in Italy of around 500 million euros so when Turkey even with the rental of the Vanguard, the price will certainly less. Photo Gazzetta di Firenze
 
Thursday, October 10, 2013, it's official Vanguard transport the Costa Concordia:
As the site you Concordia announced the September 30, 2013, Costa Cruises and the Dutch company Dockwise, Royal Boskalis subsidiary Westminster NV, have signed the lease agreement for the largest semi-submersible Dockwise Vanguard world to the removal of the Costa Concordia Giglio island, the rental amount is USD 30 million. See the article on the Vanguard below.
 
Monday, October 7, 2013, the Concordia has moved:
Costa Concordia has moved slightly this weekend, and that, because of the weather, the engineers said this had allowed a physiological regulation of the wreck on the false seabed. But for engineers, do waste no time to set up the ship wintering measures. These measures will stabilize the Concordia who can face the worst weather possible scenarios. This security setting is made in three points :
  • 1) The establishment of tubular structures to connect the underwater platforms. The sea side housings will also be connected by this system.
  • 2) The installation of grout bags (special mortar) between Concordia and rocks.
  • 3) The installation at the stern of Concordia a supplemental restraint system so that it does not move.

Engineers on their side began to study the work needs to be performed on the ship's starboard side for the installation of caissons bailout.

 
Saturday, October 5, 2013, leaving the Concordia Giglio end of March 2014:
The Minister of the Environment Andrea Orlando confirmed today at the International Genoa Boat Show that will leave Costa Concordia Giglio Island in early spring 2014, end of March, more precisely. He also confirmed what had been said Franco Gabrielli before, the port is Piombino, if it is adequately equipped to dismantle it.
 
Friday, October 4, 2013, wearing the dismantling remains "Piombino" :
The government commissioner and head of the Civil Protection Franco Gabrielli recalled today on the island of Giglio that the port chosen for the dismantling of the Costa Concordia remains Piombino (It). But he also said that a plan for the sale of the vessel for destruction must first of all be presented : "When the ship is ready to be removed from the island of Giglio, Piombino is the port marked the previous government and not denied by the government, it will be ready for the wreck, it will be the chosen port, or you can look for another solution. Costa Cruises will have to present a detailed plan for the transfer of the ship. "
 
Monday, September 30, 2013, the "Vanguard" to transport and not tow the Costa Concordia :
Important information that reaches us Site WK-Transport-Logistics, the Titan / Micoperi consortium and Costa Cruises would face a major problem for towing the Costa Concordia in a port for the time is not yet defined for its dismantling, the state in which is today the hull and the risk of ecological disaster.

The solution should come from South Korea, or a semi-submersible the "Vanguard", built by Hyundai Group and commissioned in February 2013 by the Dutch company Dockwise, a length of 275 meters and a width of 79 meters it is able to carry a load of 110 000 tonnes and it moves at a speed of 14 knots. It would transport the Costa Concordia in the port of dismantling and there safely and anywhere on the planet.

Also according to this site, leasing the "Vanguard" is already effective and the semi-submersible which is currently based in South Korea could set sail in the coming weeks to Italy and specifically to the island of Giglio.

Photo World Maritime News - Click images to view them larger.
 
Monday, September 23, 2013, the Costa Concordia is secure :
Coast guard divers and firefighters have received the green light from the consortium Titan / Micoperi to now enter the secure area around the Concordia in search of the bodies of two missing. If searches around the ship are negative, they can go inside the ship to inspect such areas that there had not been so far.
 
Monday, September 23, 2013, the Costa Concordia rotation seen by satellite :
Astrium subsidiary of EADS, monitor the bailout of the Costa Concordia with the Pleiades satellite.
 
Saturday, September 21, 2013, the first caissons arrive :

The first wells will be placed on the starboard side of the Concordia arrived in the port of Livorno (It) after some modifications will be carried as previous on the island of Giglio.

 
Wednesday, September 18, 2013, some news in brief :
  • - For the CEO of Costa Cruises, Pier Luigi Foschi, "the project's success is the result of a public / private partnership and of a job well done."
  • - The fear of pollution due to the discharge of 80,000 cubic meters of water that was in the Concordia is negative, this is what was stated by the Minister of the Environment Andrea Orlando, "The intervention had almost zero impact on the environment. the water quality has remained unchanged. "
  • - According to many media reports, the Italian people was proud this morning to this technical achievement for them and the Concordia sinking of the page is closed, it must be remembered that the loss of the 32 victims.
  • - For the Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta, "Everyone who worked on this project is a great Italian pride." Although Nick Sloane is South African and the engineers and technicians teams come from 26 different nationalities.
 
Tuesday, September 17, 2013, and now ?

When we look at the images that run in a loop on all media in the world a question immediately comes to mind, "how to put 15 boxes that weigh 6000 tons, on such a surface?" Indeed, it will not be simple, but not feasible either, as stated by the manager Franco Costa Cruises Porcellacchia : "I went to see him with a boat, but it did not seem to be in critical condition, the right side and badly damaged, however, there are two places where the damage is very pronounced, but there is not a huge difference, there is no penetration of the rocks as we feared. In the coming days, we will examine it carefully, but I do not think it's insurmountable. "

First, there will be an inspection of all the cabins that were hitherto inaccessible, except for some where divers have access. At the same time, the cables will surround the Concordia to attach the platform to prevent it moving during times of storms. There will also be looking for the bodies of two missing.

Then a bit like the renovation of a façade, technicians teams will have to remove all the annoying and dangerous parts. Then they will use the solid parts to weld y of iron plates and then lay there fixings coffered.

For housings, they will still use the technique that has proven that night fill with sea water with valves so that they are sinking, and that until underwater artificial floor at that time they will position them and fix them to the Concordia. But the big difference with the installation of the port side caissons were divers who will do all the work that will surely take much longer.

When the 30 boxes are in place, they will be drained of water, and this water will be replaced progressively by compressed air, which will go up slowly Concordia to the surface. This water will not be released immediately to the sea, it will first be processed and purified on site and only then it can be returned to the sea because it will be clean.

The Concordia which will almost double its initial width (60m) will be brought to the surface and towed to a port to be dismantled. To date several ports compete, Piombino, Civitavecchia and Palermo, all Italian ports.

 
Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at 4:00 am :
 
Monday, September 16, 2013, starting the rotation of the Costa Concordia !
  • 6:31 a.m - The government commissioner, Franco Gabrielli, gives a press conference ...
    6:57 a.m - The turning operation is delayed two hours! Following the storms of the night, the teams could not finish the creation of some rotation-support elements. Commissioner Franco Gabrielli government, expects a delay of two to three hours of the start of the rotation ...
    8:37 a.m - Everything is finally ready for the start of the rotation.
    9:00 a.m - technicians begin to leave the bow.
    9:02 a.m - press conference.
    9:05 a.m - rotation will start.
  • 9:06 a.m - rotation started with 3 hours delay following the storms of the night.
    10:18
    a.m - The first phase started with a voltage to the rescue of Concordia rocks 20 tons, 9 am 50 tension was 2 000 tonnes and all goes well, the tension will mount up to 4 000 tonnes in next few minutes, as Nick Sloane responsible Titan / Micoperi ...
    11.15
    a.m - Concordia begins to emerge from the water.
    11:42
    a.m - Concordia rebounded to around 1.50m to 2m. The critical phase is exceeded.
    12:32
    a.m - another press conference by Franco Gabrielli, Maria Sargentini, and Sergio Girotto that explain the progress of the rotation.
  • 13.00 p.m - Enrico Rossi President of the Tuscany region is very satisfied with the start of rotation and hope it will continue ...
    14:11 p.m. - At the press conference, a reporter asked Franco Gabrielli government commissioner if he had any information about the bodies of two missing: "At the moment, there is no indication that the bodies are between rock and shell. But it is too early. "
    14:52 p.m. - Concordia broke away from the rocks, the second phase can begin.
    15:09 p.m. - Franco Gabrielli : "The starboard side of the hull has a large deformation."
    19:26 p.m. - while rotation of Concordia is 13 degrees, so that it must reach 65 degrees Franco Gabrielli said. "We will continue to the end of the night Things are going as they should, but with an expanded timing. "
    19:40 p.m. - Concordia could be in its original position tomorrow morning at dawn.
  • 0:00 p.m - Concordia has passed the threshold of 24 degrees, the cables that make the Concordia for several hours are put to rest, and this is the water filling the boxes that take over, we enter the final phase of recovery .
    1:15
    a.m - There are many people on the docks to watch the recovery of the Concordia.
    2:15
    a.m - at the press conference to 2am, civil protection and Titan / Micoperi announcement that water normally in between the boxes and the rotation continues slowly but normally.
    3:43
    a.m - the starboard side of the Concordia out of the water, and we discover two huge holes in what was before the balconies of the ship, literally destroyed by the rocky peaks of this part of the ship, almost in front ( the largest) and the other at the rear.
    3:45
    a.m - At this time everything is going to accelerate and Concordia in less than ten minutes will return to its original position, the project "The parbuckling" is a total success. The horns of ships from the port of Giglio make a vibrant and moving tribute to the Costa Concordia return to its original position.
    4:00
    a.m - press conference and applause on arrival in the newsroom Sergio Girotto project engineer Franco Gabrielli Commissioner government and responsible, Franco Porcellacchia Costa Cruises technical teams. Announcement of the end of the rotation of the Costa Concordia.
    5:36
    a.m - Nick Sloane "the South African Master rescuer", is greeted at the descent of the ship Pollux where the control room of "The parbuckling" with shouts and applause of the island's inhabitants came in deGiglio many congratulate him and thank him.
 
Sunday, September 15, 2013, the cancellation of the rotation can still intervene :
The Department of Italian Civil Protection announced that until the last minute cancellation of the rotation can intervene, if weather conditions were to deteriorate. Remember, when the rotation has started it can not be stopped, that is why this precautionary measure which will be managed on site by the Commissioner Franco Gabrielli government.
 
Sunday, September 15, 2013, official statement of the Italian Civil Protection :

Costa Concordia: tomorrow September 16, 2013 early parbuckling operations.

Tomorrow Monday, September 16 will begin the operations parbuckling Costa Concordia ship.

Due to the weather and sea for tomorrow on the island of Giglio processed by the center of the Civil Protection Directorate activity in coordination with the center of Lamma meteorological services in Tuscany for decentralized consortium, technicians Titan / Micoperi consortium confirm the possibility to perform the operations of tomorrow. In fact, the parameters expected wind speed and direction and the significant wave height are compatible with the values given by calculating the feasibility of the operation.

Were also completed all the preparatory activities of the rotation. Accordingly, based on the information provided, the Government Commissioner to the emergency Franco Gabrielli, in conjunction with the Chairman of the Monitoring Observatory, Maria Sargentini, confirmed the parbuckling for the next day. The transaction is expected to begin shortly after 6 pm, after the departure of the last ferry from Giglio to Porto Santo Stefano.

We remind all information professionals interested in working on the island of Giglio that it is absolutely necessary to accredit its presence on the island later this evening to 19 am through the registration form on site, "The parbuckling project". For applications received after that date, it will not be possible to ensure the accreditation process.

 
Sunday, September 15, 2013, it's OK to Monday morning :
At 12:00 am, on Sunday, permission for starting the rotation of the Costa Concordia for Monday, September 16, 2013 at 6: 00 in the morning is gained, it is no longer enough to wait for the official statement.
 
Sunday, September 15, 2013, 350 international journalists to follow "The parbuckling"
They come from China, Australia, the United States with CNN, the Arab countries of Qatar with Al Jazeera more exactly, they are 350 journalists accredited to attend this event which has become an international event, the rotation of the Costa Concordia.

This morning a tent will host all these journalists and allocate their accreditations for them to access an area that will be specially reserved for them.

240 television screens continuously disseminate technical updates of the consortium Titan / Micoperi on parbuckling being a multimedia center equipped with wireless internet, a stand that will be used for or press conferences, interviews, etc.

We can see that the small Tuscan island of Giglio for a few hours will become the world's largest television studio, where billions of eyes are pointing to follow this technical feat never before attempted for the bailout of a ship of this size ...

 
Saturday, September 14, 2013, some details of the green light and rotation :

Tomorrow is Sunday at 14 pm Headquarters of Civil Protection in Rome (It) with the latest weather report and sea currents that can be given the green light to the rotation of the Costa Concordia by Commissioner Franco Gabrielli government support Costa Concordia. If the green light is given, Franco Gabrielli will head to the island of Giglio with all other members of the advisory committee and through the night and the day Monday on the island.

The start of the rotation or the parbuckling will last between 10 and 12 hours, it will start at 6 am by the first phase, when the first cables secured to the ship's hull will begin to slowly pull the ship together + boxes for extrication rocks through 22 hydraulic cylinders attached to the 11 towers anchored to the seabed next island, and this, until the ship pulls rocks.

According to the head of the consortium Titan / Micoperi Nick Sloane, the clanging be impressive, but the sounds that come from inside the ship, where much will collapse.

The second phase will start up the active phase of the rotation, to say that the traction of the second series of cables fixed them on top of the boxes by a second system of 36 cylinders.

When the base of the caissons will touch the sea, we enter the third phase of the process "the parbuckling!" Valves that are at the basis of these boxes begin to fill with seawater and finish rotation, while slowing the fall of the Costa Concordia, to come and settle gently on the underwater platforms.

When the Costa Concordia will be stabilized in its upright position, it will remain still put 4 boxes, P1, P2, P14 and P15 on the port side that will be used to bailout and the water the day came, with the remaining 15 boxes to be them posed thereafter on the starboard side of the ship.

 
Saturday, September 14, 2013, the current Costa Concordia from the sky with his bow Blister :
Grazie Alessandro Bianchi REUTERS
 
Thursday, September 12, 2013, Eurovision will be responsible for broadcasts images of rotation :

The transmission of images from the rotation of the Costa Concordia for international TV media will be carried out by Eurovision ! Eurovision is a global force, providing services of special events around the world, supported by our strategically located offices in Beijing, Singapore, Washington, DC, New York, Moscow and Rome. Events can be large or small. We are the partner of choice for the transmission of world events, such as the G8 and G20 conferences, papal audiences and the tops of the Kremlin ...

 
Thursday, September 12, 2013, the rotation of the Costa Concordia will begin at 6 am :
Commissioner Franco Gabrielli the Government said today at the headquarters of Civil Protection in Rome, the rotation of the Costa Concordia will begin on Monday 16 September at 6 am : "If the weather and sea conditions permitting, the failover operation Costa Concordia sank on 13 January 2012 at Giglio, will begin at 6 am Monday. But in any case, any decision on intervention is always taken the day to 14 hours."
 
Thursday, September 12, 2013, the event will be widely covered by the international media:

The preparations are taking place for the possible rotation of the Costa Concordia Monday, September 16. The site Concordia that wishes to provide you maximum detail on this unique maneuver of its kind for a ship of this size publishes a document concerning the international media!
Through this official document addressed to the international media, you'll learn a little more about the day of the rotation of the Costa Concordia and the means will have reporters on site.

"Dear Journalists,

Project engineers announced that on September 16 will be the nearest possible date for the start parbuckling operations. As these operations are sensitive to weather and sea, it will be possible to confirm this date in the course of the afternoon the previous day. If it is not possible to make the parbuckling operations, we will evaluate the potential of new dates on a daily basis.


Given the large number of media operators attending and the limited space available on the island of Giglio, please confirm your attendance on the day of parbuckling operations using the form below.

Please kindly provide us with all information requested so that we can provide adequate support during your stay on the island and allow you to enter premises to which access will be limited for reasons of security and public order.

Since accreditation is mandatory and assigned on an individual basis, please register also your staff such as technicians and other members of your staff.

We have set up a press room for journalists equipped with desks, 220V power outlets, internet connectivity (WiFi) and several printers.

Accredited television crews will have access to a live broadcast signal provided free by the Eurovision TV at the Hotel Saraceno Media Center. Dedicated stand-up positions will be available.

Regarding accommodation, if you have not already, please make a reservation at one of the hotels of the island.

Thank you for your attention"

 
Wednesday, September 11, 2013, the Costa Concordia rotation takes place Monday, September 16 :
Commissioner Franco Gabrielli government, announced this afternoon on the island of Giglio to the people gathered at the Hotel Saraceno, the first possible date window for rotation of the Costa Concordia is Monday, Sept. 16 if weather remains in the current forecast : "for us, the first window useful for the rotation of the Concordia is September 16 All activities were tested, the last thing to complete is the preparatory work checklist parbuckling that. consortium will give us the 15. from that point, it will be possible to proceed to recovery. However, favorable weather conditions will be necessary."
 
Tuesday, September 10, 2013, the rotation can begin :
The official briefing for the recovery of the Costa Concordia is scheduled for tomorrow Wednesday at 15 am at the Hotel Saraceno Giglio Island (It) in the presence of the population of the island. Yesterday Mayor Sergio Ortelli Monday had already made a preparatory meeting for the meeting tomorrow. The Committee on Emergency Monitoring for the withdrawal of the Costa Concordia has received all the documents today Tuesday !

Certificates of tests and documents relating to the materials used, the description of the structure works, data sheets, drawings, diagrams and load results that were performed by trained personnel were presented this morning at the headquarters of civil protection of Grosseto.

The main tests were conducted on eleven towers and steel cables that hold the Costa Concordia and prevent it from sliding to the bottom of the sea. The solidity and reliability of underwater platforms réceptionneront ship and thirty caissons. Or on the boxes hanging on the Costa Concordia will be at the start filled with water to make weight against and helped the rotation and then on Recovery emptied their waters, the Costa Concordia dates back in its entirety to the surface and unhooks platforms on which it has settled for several months.

 
Tuesday, September 10, 2013, fear of the inhabitants of Giglio :
Over time the rotation approach, more fear swells with residents of the island of Giglio. For them the disaster is not impossible, the Concordia is still full of potentially dangerous products and pollute, like the oil that is always stored in the hydraulic system, appliances like refrigerators 1500, 1500 plasma TV and all reserves food, or cold rooms with gas, are still present in the bowels of the ship, not to mention the dirty and polluted water that is within.

The Costa Concordia will be straightened between two and five degrees per hour, technicians estimate that around noon to return the upright, but the gigliesi say "the ship has two rocky peaks in its starboard side, and if s' opens like a mold? " Or: "The ship is deformed by the day and they put loads on it and it deforms" there is also the fear of water shortage comes up in discussions: "The desalination plant that supplies the island population is 80 meters from the ship, and if he runs?" The Costa Concordia will stay there (if all goes well) at least until the spring, "And if there is major work to do in relation to the tearing of the sheet at the time of recovery How long will? there still remain you there, all this remains unclear. " And finally: "Why approached the evacuation of the island ?"

We see the fear and fear are hereby strongly that the rotation starts and pray that it all remains at the level of fantasy ...

 
Friday, September 6, 2013, for the parbuckling OK:
Costa Concordia rotation received a favorable opinion of the Committee of the Observatory at the meeting held this afternoon at 14 pm at the headquarters of Civil Protection in Rome and chaired by the Assistant Commissioner Franco Gabrielli. Next weekend at the latest if all test certificates and the activities carried out are issued, the rotation can start any day of the time or the weather is favorable over three days ...
 
Friday, September 6, 2013, the first meeting yesterday at the prefecture of the rotation Grosetto hope for "15":
The meeting held at the Grosseto prefecture at the request of the Prefect Anna Maria Manzone who the day before was on the island of Giglio, could not define exactly when the rotation of the Costa Concordia.

This meeting was attended by the provincial leadership of the police and firefighters, representatives of the Department of Civil Protection and the port of Costa Cruises, the mayors of the islands of Giglio and Monte Argentario.

A date projection was still defined by the Titan / Micoperi consortium who thinks end near for September 14, but apparently there is still a lot of work on the construction site, where a race against time to provide for the rotation from Sunday, September 15.

A rumor casts doubt that the rotation could not take place before October, has formally denied to representatives of Costa Cruises, the government representative: "Although not yet identified the date that the recovery of the hull will be made, the meeting set a starting point for planning specific activities "for the port to be chosen for the dismantling of the Costa Concordia, the prefect replied." it's a question that we have not even considered, and even rumors that I read must remain so now the important thing is to plan everything so that we do not commit errors. "

 
Thursday, September 5, 2013, the prefect of Grosseto visiting the island of Giglio :
The prefect of Grosseto Anna Maria Manzone, made an official visit to the island of Giglio in the presence of the Mayor Sergio Ortelli last Wednesday : "I came to the island of Giglio in person to understand one of the most crucial issues affecting the province of Grosseto and I found the complexity of operations in place for the removal of the Costa Concordia."

She was accompanied by the men of the Port, the Carabinieri, Guardia di Finanza and forests.

She organized a meeting Thursday at 11 am today at the Grosseto prefecture with the Provincial Committee for Order and Public Safety to review the activities that will be implemented on the day of the ship's rotation operation, pending the date ...

 
Monday, September 2, 2013, "Nick Sloane," said more than 50% the chances of success of "The parbuckling" :

The head of the Titan / Micoperi Nick Sloane consortium to declare a journalist Lesley Stahl of CBS News that the chances to put the Costa Concordia afloat exceed what some engineers say :

Nick Sloane : "Welcome aboard."

Lesley Stahl : "Thank you."

Lesley Stahl : "How big is this ship ?"

Nick Sloane : "It is huge what you see now is only 35 percent. So 65 percent below is like an iceberg under there. Now, the plan is to roll the ship of 60,000 tonnes * in one piece on an underwater platform, lift and make it float away from here so that it can be cut and scrapped. "

Lesley Stahl : "So you intend to turn a ship weighs 60,000 tonnes ?"

Nick Sloane : "Yes, we'll rotate all at the same time. It sounds like an experience defying the laws of physics."

Lesley Stahl : "We talked to engineers, naval engineers. They think you have 50/50 chance ?"

Nick Sloane : "No, it's 50/50 for us."

Lesley Stahl : "That is true ?"

Nick Sloane : "Basically, we have a great engineering team. We have over 200 engineering documents and all that proves that it can be done. So!"

Lesley Stahl : "On computer ?"

Nick Sloane : "Yes, on computers. Parts of the ship will collapse internally. It will be very noisy. There will be much gnashing, wailing, clash of steel. But we will put it vertically."

Lesley Stahl : "Hanging steel?"

Nick Sloane : "Yes."

Lesley Stahl : "I do not understand very well."

Nick Sloane : "Well, there will be little pieces of steel that will be ripped off. But the biggest structure will be rectified."

Lesley Stahl : "Does he have a plan" B "?"

Nick Sloane : "We have a plan" B and C ". But we will not get there." B "would be to cut ship on site, which would be an environmental disaster."

 
Friday, August 30, 2013, the Costa Concordia will be the recovery in one day :
The head of Costa Cruise for the withdrawal of the Costa Concordia Porcellacchia Franco, said this morning on the Italian television channel TV Uno Mattina, that the recovery of the Costa Concordia would be done in a day. "We believe that the final step is to say one in which you move from a 65-degree angle to the vertical position can be built in a day!" As for the final withdrawal of the island of Giglio, the head of Costa Cruises said, "This is very sensitive to weather conditions."
 
Thursday, August 22, 2013, the date of the rotation of the Concordia will be announced September 6, 2013:

The Committee of the Observatory for the removal of the Costa Concordia will meet September 6, 2013 in Rome, this is the date that it will have a green light to the recovery of the Costa Concordia after the president Maria Sargentini, but why the Titan / Micoperi consortium must submit by that date the necessary documents for the feasibility study. If the green light is given, the rotation should take place between the 10 and 20 September 2013 at the latest, before the arrival of periods of bad weather.

By this September 6, much to the rotation finishing work remains to be done, such as finished laying the grout bags (special mortar) to level the ground as Concordia, to this day it still lacks 10%. The establishment of special barges equipped with pumps that will suck the dirty water inside the Concordia to avoid the dispersion of pollutants that are still inside the ship into the sea during the rotation. At the same time it réinjecteront the same amount of water inside the Concordia water must remain in quantity equal to that found there today, so that the vessel remains stabilized on the platforms of the time asks 15 other port side cabinets. It will be removed at the time of re-floating with that which will be in the boxes.

The ten days between 10 and 20 September is still short, the fact that he must have the certainty of three days of good weather to complete the rotation of the Concordia. Hence the concern of environmental groups and the municipality of Giglio to see rotation will be in spring 2014, with the fear of being a third summer in the presence of the wreck of the Concordia and the risk a major pollution in case the ship would break or sink.

The actual duration of the rotation is estimated at 12 hours, she will be driven away from Giglio's docks for obvious reasons of personal security. In the recovery phase, the first two hours will be the most difficult, because the Concordia should be désincarcéré the rocks on which it hangs today. The pulling force must be well calculated, linear and very flexible as it should by no means the rocks even more tear the hull.

As for towing by itself, it can be done only with the certainty of the harbor and a very good weather.

 
Tuesday, August 20, 2013, the Blister tugs, learn a bit more :
This gray housing 1 700 tonnes which is positioned at the base before the bow is attached on each side of the ship (port and starboard), it will help in the rotation, but especially its main role will be used for flotation of Concordia the day it will be towed into port for decommissioning.
The "blister" will serve as a brace or splint as in a person who would be an injury to the spine, the blister placed on the bow of the Concordia stabilize the hull and prevent it from twisting and breaking. When the Concordia will be re-floating position is on this blister that will be attached cables allow tugs to tow it in the port of decommissioning, without having to force a small part of the ship bollards (bollards ) which are usually used for berthing or trailer towing (photo below).

The blister will have three main functions, using the rotation of the Costa Concordia to get back to its upright position, keeping the ship on the artificial seabed and bailout. Composed of two steel tanks, the blister was built in shipyards Fincantieri Palermo (It) and Ancona (It).
The two containers which form the blister are connected by a tubular frame and assembled in Palermo (It). Fixing the blister on the hull of Concordia is done using three anchor pipes which pass by the vessel's propulsion tunnels that either no use today.
The blister is 23 meters long, 20 meters high and 15 meters wide, and weighs 1700 tonnes with a net thrust of 4,000 tons.

Tugs towing an the Costa Concordia.
This is what look like tugboats towing an the Costa Concordia in its last port before its dismantling. Here Bee freedom, French tug is equipped with four engines "MAK" of German origin, with a capacity of 21,450 horsepower, speed is 19.5 knots, has a towing force of 200 tons and a holding brake to 500 tons. Each tug of high seas on average two teams of twelve men. It can even intervene in a fire aboard a ship, as it is equipped with 2 pumps, 3 water cannons and 1 foam gun.
Thanks to Mer et Marine / GiglioNews
 
Saturday, August 17, 2013, Franco Gabrielli, does not exclude a tidal wave of Giglio Porto if a piece of Concordia breaks :

Franco Gabrielli Commissioner withdrawal of the Costa Concordia has unveiled some aspects of the recovery of the Costa Concordia at the meeting held last Friday on Giglio island in the presence of representatives of the municipality and many residents.

Regarding the date this will happen in September is almost certain, but not necessarily on September 4, it is necessary that all parties so the Italian authorities sign the authorization, but not before receiving the necessary guarantees to their questions.

Regarding the people of Giglio Porto, the day of recovery, at least the first twelve hours of the start of the rotation, they will be evacuated, the technical facilities of the island will be protected, navigation in a wide perimeter around the Costa Concordia will be banned. The reason is simple Franco Gabrieli, if part of the ship detaches it could create a tidal wave that would have serious consequences for the security of persons and property.

In response to the president of the Legambiente association request if a "plan B" in case of failure of the rotation or if the ship breaks Gabrieli Franco replies, "We do not know what the reaction vessel . If the rotation fails or if the vessel breaks, we can make assumptions, provide a plan "B"! But because of the inaccuracy of such an undertaking which was never tried before, there will be a emergency plan on the island ".

 
Monday, August 12, 2013, the P13 box was installed :
A new box P 13 was set Sunday, August 11, bringing to 11 the number of installed cabinets.
 
Wednesday, August 7, 2013, the sinking of the Concordia costs to date "$ 1.1 billion"
The insurance company Munich Re saw its net profit fall by 35% for the second quarter 2013, the main cause floods in Central Europe in June, but exceeding more than EUR 20 million for support the sinking of the Costa Concordia.

Chief Executive Nikolaus von Bomhard, said that initially the treatment of the wreck for Munich Re, was estimated at 80 million, and today and hoping that there is not problems it is 100 million. He also said that the total amount to date of the wreck cost $ 1.1 billion to the insurance companies involved in the case, which is double the price of the Costa Concordia.

 
Tuesday, August 6, 2013, the recovery of the Concordia dates are known:
The recovery (parbuckling) Costa Concordia normally begins September 4, 2013 and will last until September 9, 2013. To date there are only two boxes to set up before rotation, the P13 and the "blister" a special float 1 300 tonnes at the front of the ship. Pending the laying of the last two boxes before the rotation of the vessel, technicians teams begin to lay the huge cables to be used in the rotation of the whole ship + Underwater.
(The parbuckling project)
 
Monday, August 5, 2013, the box P4 was asked :
A new box has been positioned P4 Tuesday, July 30, bringing to 10 the number of installed box.
 
Monday, July 29, 2013, the box P5 was asked :
A new box P5 was set yesterday, Sunday, bringing to nine the number of installed box.
 
Sunday, July 21, 2013, the box P6 was installed :
A new box has been positioned P6, bringing to 8 the number of installed box. Missing only 3 boxes to make the maneuver (if authorization Franco Gabrielli) recovery of Concordia!
 
Friday, July 19, 2013, the box P7 was installed :
A new box has been positioned P7, bringing to seven the number of installed box. Missing only 4 boxes to complete the maneuver (if authorization Franco Gabrielli) recovery of Concordia!
 
Thursday, July 18, 2013, sinking of Concordia :

During an underwater inspection of the hull to the investigation of the Ministry of the Environment, after his complaint and civil party in the trial of Francesco Schettino for environmental disaster. Experts have found subsidence Concordia, this is due to the presence of the ship on the rocks, corrosion and the onslaught of the sea.

According to some theories, the hull was designed for other functions, with regular maintenance and is subject to a marine weather stress. The deterioration of the hull during the 18 months gave way under the weight of the ship itself. The inspection of the hull has also held that the rocks that force on the hull of the ship accentuate corrosion and at the same weakening of the structure. For now, no pollution was detected around the ship on the flora and marine life.

For the Titan / Micoperi consortium, corrosion on the hull can not compromise the strength of the wreck. Waves crashing against the hull from the wreck have led to a deformation that remains within the limits of the tolerable. This was stated in the press release that has provided Costa Cruises and Titan / Micoperi consortium. Time and atmospheric agents can not contribute to the deterioration of the general state of the wreck. But we need the bailout is done fairly quickly, with ecosystem protection and security of the operation.

 
Tuesday, July 16, 2013, "there will be no second chance" :
"If the test fails, there will be no second chance" is what was stated by the leader of the consortium Titan / Micoperi Nick Sloane, yesterday Monday the journalist Michele Barbero (Associated Press) presents on island of Giglio. He also said the Concordia was compressed three meters from his shipwreck January 13, 2012.
Michele Barbero (Associated Press)
 
Saturday, July 13, 2013, press release from Costa Cruises and Titan / Micoperi :
After the concern of the Italian authorities, and its representative Franco Gabrielli and the Mayor of the island of Giglio Sergio Ortelli, Costa Cruises and Titan / Micoperi consortium issued a press release that can be found on the official website "The project parbuckling" in English or Italian :

Costa Cruises and Titan-Micoperi representatives presented the progress of the removal operations the Commissioner of the emergency committee of Concordia, Franco Gabrielli, the Observatory for the removal of Concordia and the mayor of Giglio and that the headquarters of the civil Protection in Rome. Costa Cruises is now in the process of completing the technical documentation to be delivered in the coming days to the Observatory and to enable the authorities to assess the project parbuckling - vertical rotation of the wreck. And give approval for operations to take place in September. Once the rotation is completed, it will be essential to evaluate the conditions of the wreck and assess the technical adjustments needed, particularly on the submerged starboard side which is currently inaccessible because it is based on two cliffs rocks.

After the completion of this evaluation, it will be possible to more accurately determine the timing of the subsequent phases, the bailout and towing. Removal of the Concordia wreck is a technical operation unique and highly complex engineering, a naval rescue operation like no other in history, involving top international experts, technological and financial Advanced unprecedented. Work continues with about 500 people and 30 ships working 24/7. Protection of the marine ecosystem, the safety of workplaces and rapid removal and completion of the project are the key priorities of the project.

 

Saturday, July 13, 2013, Franco Gabrielli's not the ship's rotation phase that worries :
Franco Gabrielli, it's not the ship's rotation phase that worries, but rather that the Concordia remains in its position flotation during periods of October and November where storms are the most violent and where the sea is rough. In that perspective and that we do not know exactly the state that is the hull and if the rocks have perforated, should be favored above all the safety of people, but also the seabed...

For his part, Pier Luigi Foschi, which now has more real responsibility within the home Costa Cruises, at least as regards the Costa fleet, but remains in charge of removing the Concordia. Told the last meeting in Rome that Concordia will whatever happens returned to its floating position in September 2013...

The answer is, who is right in this debate idea! I think one can think safe to say that Franco Gabrielli, is right, and this, for several reasons. Currently the Concordia is hooked to the island, perhaps through the rocks, but with certainty by the cables that prevent it from moving. Then we must not forget, when the rotation has been completed, only the upper part of the ship will be out of water, the hull will be in full underwater. The hull is designed to withstand the onslaught of the sea, even the most violent, making it a dam that protects the upper part of the ship. But if the upper part of the vessel is left, and this, for several months free the onslaught of the sea, she will resist you? I say "no" because it was not designed for that...

Well it distinguishes this animation in its current position the hull can withstand the onslaught of the sea. But when the rotation has been completed, it is the upper part which will bear the onslaught of the sea... (The Animation parbuckling project)
 
Friday, July 12, 2013, P3 and P8 boxes have been set up :
Two new boxes the "P3 and P8" were positioned on the Concordia, bringing to six the number of cells set up with boxes "P9, P10, P11 and P12." For the record must eleven boxes to be able to right the Concordia, and four that are placed after righted the ship and will serve at the waterline of the latter...
 
Sunday, June 30, 2013, the P 12 box has been set up :
The installation of caissons accelerates the P 12 box was installed, making a total of 4 boxes installed to date. In the course of the coming week, other boxes should be installed...
 
Friday, June 29, 2013, the P9 box was set up:
A new box P9 was positioned on the Concordia, bringing to three the number of boxes put in place "9, 10 and 11". For the record must eleven boxes to be able to right the Concordia, and four that are placed after righted the ship and will serve at the waterline of the latter ...
 
Tuesday, June 25, 2013, implementation of the latest platform :
The last platform (the largest) was positioned under the hull of the Costa Concordia, which completes the first major part of the site. Laying mortar bags that form a carpet that make platforms with a solid floor that can accommodate the hull of the Costa Concordia is also complete. It remains only finishing mat with bags of special grout, which are necessary to complete the artificial setting which is currently the Concordia...

The latter platform weighs tons, it measures 32 meters long, 22 meters in height, it is supported by five pillars of a meter and a half in diameter each. The platform is surrounded by a vacuum of 30 meters deep, the pillars are secured in seats carved in granite seabed...

Then it will ask for the other 9 boxes on the hull of the Concordia which with the two make up 11. These housings are steel and measures 10.5 meters by 11.5 meters and a height of 20 or 30 feet tall. After the rotation of Concordia, he will ask to 4 boxes for the 15 caissons for flotation of the vessel. Then when the Concordia will be adjusted, it will assessed the damage to the starboard side of the ship which is under water today, there possible changes and work to install the last 15 boxes to be used for the implementation floated the ship and towed to the port of Piombino.

 
Tuesday, June 25, 2013, the Concordia has recovered before the end of the summer :
The Prefect Franco Gabrielli, attended by the mayor of the island of Giglio Sergio Ortelli and President of the Observatory Maria Sargentini, met the population of the island of Giglio, to inform them of the progress of work bailout Concordia that communicated to them Costa Cruises and Titan-Micoperi consortium in charge of the work, the Costa Concordia will be adjusted before the end of summer (early September).

The prefect also said that the recovery of the Concordia will allow to see what state it really is the ship's starboard side and work and changes required for laying the last 15 caissons that will serve in their wholes in setting flotation of Concordia and towed to the port of Piombino in March 2014.

The safety of those working on the site and protection of the environment is greatly taken into account also for the turnaround because of the millions of gallons of water vessel who are still inside the Concordia. The system in place for securing the recovery of the ship and platforms that will support the will calmly wait for the tow in the month of March 2014 ...

 

Wednesday, June 19, 2013, last trip to the Concordia March 2014 :
The Costa Concordia left the island of Giglio between the months of March and April 2014 for his last trip to the port of Piombino (It), according to Enrico Rossi President of the Tuscany Region (It). Why in 2014, while recently it had been suggested in September 2013, simply because the facilities of the port of Piombino will not be completed before March 2014. The port of Piombino is not only welcome the dismantling of Concordia, but dozens of other ships per year making it the reference port in Europe for the destruction of ships...

The development work is impressive, the construction of a dam and a quay 370 meters long, the development of a plot of 8 hectares, the excavation of the seabed so that they reach a depth of 20 meters. These arrangements also will accommodate container ships from Asia to the recovery of the steel industry and that Italy is again competitive globally. For the region and the town of Piombino, this will boost employment, not just on the dismantling of ships, but also the production of steel...

 

Saturday, June 8, 2013, the Concordia recovery towers reach Giglio :
The towers will be positioned between the ship and rocks to facilitate the passage of cables straighten the ship. They are equipped with hydraulic cylinders operated by computers to the cables and pull together smoothly! In memory of Concordia recovery will last 2 days.
 
Wednesday, June 5, 2013, The increase of the overall project is 61.5% :
Yesterday was asked the last platform that hosts the Costa Concordia during his recovery. Of the 19 drill holes 16 have been completed, 1 is in progress, 2 remains. The 11 blocks of inking and Rehabilitation Assistance in floating position are completed. As regards the caisson floats, there is still that two chambers 15 which are permanently installed. The progress of the overall project is 61.5%...
 

Wednesday, May 8, 2013, The parbuckling Project is completed to 56% :

Blocks of anchor points : 11 installed, it remains 1 to install.
Drill holes : 13 completed, 1 ongoing drilling 7 Drilling.
Underwater 2 installed (P10 and P11), rest 13 to put port side and starboard side 15 (when the Concordia will be adjusted and will be based on platforms).
Platform diving : 1 large complete platform, completed 3 small platforms, 2 large platforms asking...
Refloating the project preparation is completed at 56%.
 
Friday, May 3, 2013, Andrea Orlando, the new environment minister visiting Giglio :
The new Environment Minister Andrea Orlando approved for Piombino for towing and dismantling of Concordia, this morning during his visit to the island of Giglio, the minister said : "It is quite normal that Piombino is the nearest place naturally welcomes the elimination of the Costa Concordia, in addition you have worked in this direction. it is important that the ship be destroyed in an area where there are the best safety conditions for workers and the environment…"

The Minister is confident for removal of the wreck of the end of September early October of this year. Of course taking into account the technical problems related to the seabed. Regarding pollution, the minister said : "If there is damage to the environment it will be repaired, although surveillance of the waters of Giglio is constant."

The Minister also sought to reassure the inhabitants of the island : "I am here to express our support for Giglio and Gigliesi A blow was dealt to the community that two wishes: the first to be certain about when will removed the wreckage! And the second is to know that their island is a beautiful place to spend your holidays. Here you can safely safe swim. the water quality is good."

The mayor of the island Sergio Ortelli, thanked the Minister for his visit to the island, and said : "A Giglio we still have two very serious emergencies The first is related to the removal of Concordia, and the second. the economic crisis. I want to point out to you that we will be forced to endure another summer with the wreck facing Giglio Porto. I ask the government not to forget the gigliesis and to take immediate measures for economic support tourism of our island."

Also present was the president of the region of Tuscany, Enrico Rossi, who has once again remind that : "The port of Piombino is most suitable for dismantling, we believe that by the end of the year we will be able allow the entry of the hull of the Concordia in the harbor. We always work to the candidacy of the port of Piombino. Anyway, we must ensure that the bailout will be appropriately made in terms of environment and social to avoid problems. Europe is distracted and hypocritical to allow the construction of these vessels and allow their dismantling by companies operating in the third world without safety standards by exploiting workers and may even be children. We must immediately sign the agreement between the region, local authorities and the relevant ministers. I have good reason to believe that the time between the removal of the Concordia and the late harbor work coincide and that what we do will an example for Italy and Europe, we are Tuscany, who else could do this ?"

 

Tuesday, April 30, 2013, a new Minister of the Environment for Concordia :
With the introduction of the new Italian government, Corrado Clini Minister of Environment Protection of Land and Sea, is replaced by Andrea Orlando (Democratic Party). Andrea Orlando, wants to make its priority the elimination of Concordia Giglio Island and treatment of all wastes from ship dismantling...
 
Tuesday, April 23, 2013, information on the progress of the bailout :
Information on the progress of work in anticipation of the bailout Concordia. Currently 438 people work on site 24/24 and 7/7. 5 vessels and platforms involved on site Micoperi 30, Pioneer, Navalmare 1 and 2, ER Narvik. Platforms 1, 4, 5 and 6 are positioned, 3 platforms are under construction, grout bags are positioned at 49%, the installation of caissons and P10 P11 is over.

 

Thursday, April 4, 2013, the first great platform arrived last Wednesday :
The large platform No. 1 that will serve the recovery of Concordia arrived last Wednesday in the early hours of the day to the island of Giglio. It measures 40 meters long, 33 meters wide and 22 meters high, and weighs 1000 tons, it was built by the shipyard Rosetti Marino in Marina di Ravenna (It). This morning at 6 o'clock it has been positioned by Atlant Svenja ship equipped with two giant cranes on 5 pillars of 2m diameter sealed in the seabed of granite. To date 4 platforms are already in place the three small at the stern of Concordia and now the first large platform, there will be only two major platforms to finish building, to transport and position.
 
Tuesday, April 2, 2013, of synthetic fiber ropes for the bailout Concordia :
The Norwegian company OTS was chosen by the consortium Titan / Micoperi to manufacture ropes that will be used to straighten the Concordia. These ropes are made of synthetic fibers with a diameter of 350mm. Vebjorn Loviknes, the project leader said : "We are very proud to be part of this prestige operation in collaboration with international companies. The synthetic fiber cable is protected by a patented OTS Sock protection. This protective sleeve enables the fiber ropes resist external pressures they will face. it was this patented system that was essential for the consortium Titan / Micoperi, since the ship capsized on a reef."
Takk til World Maritime News
 
Wednesday, March 20, 2013, Costa Cruises in total agreement with the competent authorities :

Costa Cruises said that the removal and towing Concordia would in total agreement with the competent authorities, taking into account the security of withdrawal, transport and environmental protection. Corrado Clini, reaffirmed its side as the Concordia will not, and can not afford a ride in the Mediterranean, and the nearest port remains Piombino. This follows the controversy that some parliamentarians have initiated for removal, transportation and the cost of infrastructure development of the port that will host the Concordia.

 
Sunday, March 3, 2013, light oil leak on the Concordia :
A leak of oil coming out of the Concordia was detected this morning at 8:40 and quickly blocked by installing pollution control floats 350 meters long and a pump that could collect half a cubic meter of fuel. Other floats were placed at the entrance of the port that some patties oils headed for it and that is because of strong currents from the north. This leak come from the breakage of a welding of a flange or a metal disc on a valve which was installed when pumping the fuel contained in the tanks of Concordia. According to the president of the Maria Sargentini Monitoring Observatory "the situation is under control," she also requested immediate control of all valves installed for recovery of fuel to avoid further problem.
 
Friday, February 22, 2013, the first boxes arrived at Livorno :

After leaving the port of Ancona (I) where they were built by the shipyard of Fincantieri (with a technical stop in Palermo (I)) the first five huge boxes that will help straighten the Concordia are arriving in Livorno ( I). The three largest caissons weigh 500 tons each, they measure 30 meters long, 11 meters high and 11 meters deep. The two smaller boxes weigh 395 tons each. Some changes will be made as the installation of special rings to be welded on the floats. When this is completed, the boxes will be rested on the barge and towed to the island of Giglio.

 
Wednesday, February 13, 2013, an update on the bailout Concordia :
At the regular meeting of the Observatory for the removal of Concordia on the island of Giglio Saturday, February 9, 2013, the president Maria Sargentini accompanied by officials from Costa Cruises, researchers at the University of Rome and experts consortium Titan / Micoperi, informed the population of the island on the progress of work bailout and the amount of water that is in the ship.
  • 1) The first underwater platform has been positioned, and the positioning of the second was conducted Sunday, February 10.
    2) Other platforms built in the shipyards Rosetti and Cimolai are suitable for transport to the island of Giglio.
    3) 35%, special cement mattresses were placed and filled.
    4) 15 flotation tanks built by the Fincantieri yard are ready and will be routed to the logistics base of the Titan / Micoperi consortium in Piombino.
    5) The last 8 anchor blocks are nearing completion and will be implemented.
    6) The tests that began in November by ARPAT and that continued far on any obvious changes of water outside the ship have not been revealed. The water is always clean and it all around the island of Giglio. 62 samples taken near the parts of the hull which are considered the most important and representative and 82 parameters were considered a total of 5000 tests. The alterations found and provoked by the breakdown of food all the furniture and various other materials, as well as the presence of hydrocarbons is concentrated in a few specific compartments within the ship. The restricted water flow between the inside and outside of the vessel raises no concern.

The monitoring observatory still confirms the continuation of surveillance operations, which also require other sampling cycles. In late February a simulation will be made to estimate the number of thousands of liters of water that will be released at the time of rotation of the ship, to manage and minimize the negative impact on the marine environment.

 

Friday, February 8, 2013, the Concordia salvage of a financial abyss :
The insurance company "Catlin" openly criticized the Italian authorities because they wanted to remove the wreck of the Concordia in one piece. This bailout was originally estimated at $ 35 million, today the insurance company estimates the cost of the bailout to rise to 51 million. Paul Jardine, operations manager, warned that Catlin will be forced to increase insurance premiums of other cruise ship owners. He also stated that the Italian authorities were not competent to handle a problem for the owner and the insurer.
 
Saturday, January 26, 2013, the site "the parbuckling project" :

The name of this site is a bit barbaric and does not correspond to its final destination! I mean by that, the site name does not match the bailout of a vessel and especially the Costa Concordia. The purpose of this website created by Costa Cruises, is explained and keep professionals informed and some special fans titanic project the evolution of "the parbuckling project", in French "the project parbuckling" simply bailing Costa Concordia. According to information of the Costa Cruises website it means "The rotation of the wreckage to its upright position." I let you discover this site, which is in Italian and English.

The parbuckling project
 
Wednesday, January 2, 2013, the cutting of the fireplace :

Costa Concordia lost the last of his stack, the color yellow with black chimney top, hit a large "C" blue on each side, that did not mean "Concordia", but "Costa". The withdrawal of the chimney eases a little the ship, but especially allows the passage of equipment for the salvage of the ship.

August 16, 2005, Concordia's chimney will be asked - Costa Cruises Photo
 
Wednesday, December 5, 2012, a wave radar to monitor the waves and marine currents :
A wave radar called "remOcean" has just been installed on the quay of the port of the island of Giglio, placed at a height of 20 m, it will monitor the height and direction of waves crashing on the coast and of course on the hull of the Concordia. It will also measure the underwater currents, and will draw maps of the seabed.

This installation commissioned by the Tuscany Region in collaboration with the Laboratory of Modelling and Monitoring of Environment for Sustainable Development "Lamma", co-financed by the European Fund of Regional Development.

RemOcean The system will allow the technicians work safer and the bailout of Concordia takes place in the best conditions. High waves or strong currents, could at the time of recovery of the ship which normally last two days, and the move to derail the bailout even be a danger to the technicians.

 
Tuesday, November 13, 2012, update of the securitization process and the bailout of Concordia :
1) The first step consists of the anchorage and stabilization of Concordia to prevent slipping and dark at the bottom of the sea. This system is composed of four blocks anchor submarines that have been set on the seabed between the top deck of Concordia and the coast of the island of Giglio. On each block there are two thick cables, which are themselves composed of eighteen smaller cables. All cables passed under the Concordia in its central part and they are fixed on the port side hull. The anchor blocks are equipped with hydraulic cylinders that avoid too much tension on the cables when the ship moves in rough seas and gives greater stability to the whole.

2) Then two turrets will then be built again between the Concordia and the coast. These towers will be equipped also with hydraulic cylinders at their ends and two turrets cables for a total of twenty-four cables which also go under the ship and will be attached to the port side hull. This system will be used for rotating the vessel at the time of re-floating position and also the deformation of the structure during this process.

3) The construction of platforms to host the Concordia for his release floating position will be quite complex because we need to prepare the seabed which will set these platforms. First filled with mortar separating the two rocky promontories that are under the Concordia, but for that you need before casting the mortar, place plastic sheeting that will facilitate the removal of mortar at the end of bailouts operations . When the filling has been completed twenty-six piles with a diameter of 1.6 m will be inserted and cemented in holes in 2 m deep drill before using a piercing closed system to avoid dispersal of waste and thus protect the environment underwater. In the end, tests will be conducted to monitor the strength of each pile. At that time will be asked the platforms which are constructed as regards the wood base and the remaining steel. In total have three major platforms, which will be based on six piles each, a smaller which will be based on four posts and two others will be based on two piles.

4) the rotation with boxes and then at the waterline of the Concordia will be installed using the vessel 30 Micoperi and gigantic cranes. For that guides have been welded to the hull of the Concordia port side where the caissons will be fixed, then will come the time of filling of seawater caissons to allow the aid to the rotation.

5) cables will be laid on top of the boxes on one side and the barges on the other, from that moment the barges will be drawn out to sea, while the cables attached to the starboard side of the turrets Concordia will play the role of balance and that to avoid distortion of the hull of the Concordia. Rotation or Treveri as underlined technicians will last two days, two days to get the Concordia in its original position.

6) When the Concordia has regained its original position hull resting on the underwater platforms, caissons (the same port side) will be fixed on the ship's starboard side and of course also filled with seawater for prevent ship imbalance. Concordia's hull will be at that time to 30 m deep, which means that the sea will happen between the 6th "Gran Bretagna" bridge and the 7th "Irlanda" bridge. Hydraulic pumps are emptied of seawater contained in boxes attached to both sides of Concordia, and at this small regime, which will effectively make the Concordia emerged and bring the height of the sea at around 18 m.

7) Finally, the sea water in the vessel will in turn be pumped, and the Concordia with its thirty boxes will be drawn by two large tugboats that will bring it into a port on the continent to be dismantled. It only remains to disassemble the entire bailout system, and return this beautiful place of the island of Giglio in the condition it was in before the sinking of the Costa Concordia, at the latest in summer 2013.

 
Thursday, November 8, 2012, Costa Cruises official statement :
The official website of information on the Costa Concordia removal plan is now online. A news site that has just been launched to present the removal plan of the Costa Concordia: www.theparbucklingproject.com

The site is bilingual (Italian / English) and is an essential reference source for international media and all those interested in this monumental technical challenge and unprecedented. It will also be an effective tool to manage and facilitate requests and media inquiries, providing them with regular updates of information.

To the extent that the removal plan itself is an extremely dynamic and articulated principle, the site will be continuously updated and improved to reflect the different phases of the plan and follow the schedule and progress of operations.
 
Wednesday, November 7, 2012, Franco Gabrielli "two months late" :
Franco Gabrielli government commissioner responsible for managing the withdrawal of Concordia, want to pay tribute to the people of the island of Giglio for the nuisance they support for almost ten months in the first instance the sinking ship and now the removal work.

The Government Commissioner would that work proceeds quickly, but they are well executed and total respect for the environment and safe for staff, which at present is far from news.

The fear of the population of the island of Giglio is reliving a new summer season (2013), with the presence of Concordia apparently disturbs a coming tourism accustomed to calm and beautiful scenery.

Franco Gabrielli, who met with the population of the island of Giglio Friday, November 2, explained that the delay of two months was taken following the complexity of the operation including drilling holes that there has an even chance to come to catch up and remove the Concordia before summer 2013.

 
Sunday, November 4, 2012, following the storm, pollution around Concordia :
Fat spilled into the sea yesterday left side of the Concordia. This light pollution is controlled by Maria Sargentini, president of observation for the removal of Concordia. Resources have been set up to quickly stem the mini spill, and samples were taken to analyze the fat.

This leakage of pollutants is due to the violent storm that struck the island of Giglio and Concordia Wednesday, October 31, with waves of more than 4 meters high.

Regarding the possible risk of slippage of Concordia, the ship's motion sensors detected movement of 3 degrees, with no risk to the total time slip from the latter to the seabed.

According to experts who monitor the Concordia, these movements are due to deformation of the hull, they will in any case continue, the investigations on the state of the ship's hull, and an investigation will be conducted to know the reasons of pollution.

 
Monday, October 29, 2012, securing the Concordia is almost complete :
President Maria Sargentini of monitoring observatory on the withdrawal of Concordia and Franco Gabrielli government commissioner responsible for managing the withdrawal of Concordia, informs us in a statement that the security of the Concordia is almost complete. It only remains to tighten the cables that will block the ship against the rocks which could not be made this Friday, October 26 due to bad weather.

After securing the Concordia, drilling for the establishment of the posts of the underwater platform to accommodate the ship will begin. "The platform will weigh more than three thousand tons and it will be as big as three football fields," likes to emphasize Nicolas Sloane, specialist offshore work.

This bailout is the first of its kind for a vessel of this size, Sergio Girotto chief of operations is proud to say that "it's an extraordinary challenge, I work in the maritime world for forty years and this is the project ambitious I had to lead. I'm happy because it's a nice way to end my career. it's a nice result, but it is very difficult and complicated to carry everything."

But what we know is a little less that took the idea for the bailouts in one piece! His name is Giovanni Ceccarelli has 51, and Italian designer profession his activity was rather tour in creating racing yachts, to the sinking of the Concordia. I say "was" because if the project is successful it may convert to the removal of wreck in one piece and it has something to.

He told the French media, "I walked in thinking of my boat projects underway, but the tragedy of Concordia was so present on television and in the media, I started to think how I could get out of the water the ship ".

Giovanni Ceccarelli project was reviewed, on request by Costa Cruises and the various authorities, and it was submitted a specification to the ten companies contacted for the tender. Only Titan Salvage and Micoperi companies responded point by point to the specifications or were more competitive on price.

 
Wednesday, October 24, 2012, a floating hotel for technicians :
The ASV Pioneer a sixty cabins double hotel ship arrived Sunday, October 21 to 12:30 pm to the island of Giglio, it has positioned itself in the bow of the Concordia.
It is equipped with restaurant, bar, etc. it is for Ferguson Group to welcome the 90 technicians who are working on the Concordia, its capacity can be doubled, it was rented for six months by the consortium Titan / Micoperi.
 
Wednesday, October 17, 2012, the Concordia may still slip and flow :
Nick Sloane, confirmed that they had concerns about removing the Concordia of the island of Giglio, to date if the winter is not too bad especially regarding the swell, they can remove the Concordia his current position in June 2013.

Nick Sloane : "The seabed is made of granite rock, so it is neither sandstone or limestone Gold granite is the worst when it comes to drill especially with angles to 35/40. degrees as those imposed here. Try to drill and bring the posts takes more time than if pierced right soil or rock softer. winter is coming, so we can meet the schedule without the bad weather has too much impact, it will be a big advantage for the entire project. We hope that the winter will be mild, but it will probably not be the case. "

The only problem with this analysis is that if they fail to drill the soil for laying poles, Concordia will not be safe until the winter, and there are strong chances that it glides and flows.

By cons if the Concordia does not slide the concern of the municipality of Giglio and its Mayor Sergio Ortelli will confirm the Concordia good chance of still being there for next summer.

 
Thursday, October 4, 2012, securing the Concordia scheduled for late October 2012 :
The department of the Italian civil protection indicates that the Concordia's security implementation expected at the end of August was postponed to 31 October 2012, confirming the previous meeting in Florence.

The delay reasons are due to climatic problems, and problems of irregularity in the surface layers of soil seabed composed of granite (plutonic rock magmatic grainy texture) and cracks in the underlying rock.

16 steel cables will be strung between poles sealed in the ground and welded to the hull, and then strained through hydraulic cylinders to prevent during the winter period and the construction of the underwater platform any risk of slippage Concordia.

Regarding the Concordia, the earth sciences department at Florence found no slip fault since he's lying on that part of the island.

This delay will push even the withdrawal of Concordia its current position towards the spring 2013, which was originally scheduled for spring 2012 and reviewed by the Titan / Micoperi consortium for the month of February 2013.

 
Friday, September 21, 2012, the Concordia Will there be leaving the island of Giglio before summer 2013 :
The mayor of the island of Giglio Sergio Ortelli and much of the island's population are afraid of reliving the same in 2013 was the last they have just experienced.

The cause ? The delay of a little over a month has taken the site, due to the installation of ship security piles and platform to receive it before re-floating.

This is due to the seabed which does not lend itself to this kind of exercise, which tends to put doubt in the minds of the inhabitants of the island and its mayor on the feasibility of the final operation.

Even the owner of a hotel on the island Paolo Fanciulli, adds that technicians admit that for them this is the first operation for such a big ship ...
The Concordia removed from the island of Giglio before summer 2013, nothing is less about !

 
Wednesday, September 19, 2012, Micoperi 30 arrives at the island of Giglio :
Yesterday evening the platform-ship Micoperi 30, left the port of Piombino (Italy) towards the island of Giglio, it approaches the island of Giglio with equipment on board (5:18 info).
 
Tuesday, September 18, 2012, meeting of the Florence monitoring Observatory :
The new meeting yesterday evening Monitoring Observatory in Florence has approved the second phase of the withdrawal of Concordia work.

The platform ship Micoperi 30, who left the island of Giglio on September 12 that underlies logistics Titan / Micoperi the port of Piombino (Italy), to retrieve the boxes and the platform that will be used to straighten the Concordia.

Meanwhile in the island of Giglio, the technicians set up the cables that will totally secure Concordia to prevent slippage during installation of caissons and building the submarine platform.

 
Saturday, September 1, 2012, meeting of the Florence monitoring Observatory :
A new meeting of the monitoring observatory for the removal of Concordia took place on Saturday 1 September in Florence (Italy), it was composed of Maria Sargentini acting as President and appointed by the Tuscany Region, the Ministry of Siro Corezzi Protection of the Environment Land and Sea, Admiral Stephen Tortora National department of civil Protection, Marcello Ceccanti head of ARPAT Massimo Luschi of the Province of Grosseto, Mario Pellegrini of the municipality of the island of Giglio, Ennio Aquilino Brigade of the Ministry of Interior, Danilo Giaquinto the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport, Luigi Alcaro ISPRA, the commander Gianluca D'Agostino General commander Harbour, Mauro Denys Department of health Eleanor Soggiu the ISS;

Were discussed the progress of the ship's removal work, securing the latter, and control the risks of pollution and noise.

Regarding the progress of the bailout works, everything goes in accordance with the schedule provided by the consortium Titan / Micoperi.

Concordia's security continues and the risk of its flow is zero according to the monitoring observatory, divers of the captaincy permanently monitor the state of the hull.

Regarding the risk of pollution, control of water and the marine ecosystem are the norm, nothing reported, surveys are carried out regularly, same for air and noise.

The Concordia dismantling port has not been appointed, many details remain under consideration.

 

Tuesday, August 14, 2012, withdrawal of the Concordia is pushed in spring 2013 :
Concordia withdrawal date from the island of Giglio is pushed in spring 2013, not to late January early February as had been previously announced by the consortium Titan / Micoperi.

Drilling and construction of the platform to receive the ship will take longer than expected, normally two months which pushes all the withdrawal of Concordia.

 
Friday, August 10, 2012, the ship reaches Micoperi 30 Giglio :
Photo ANSA
 
Monday, August 6, 2012, the hull of the Concordia you risk it burst? :
Francesco Martinelli civil engineer has raised an issue of great importance on the bailout of Concordia, and the technique used by the consortium Titan / Micoperi. According to the engineer, that the Concordia and in the water for several months, it is filled with more than half of water, as windows, doors, etc. are broken may cause cracks on the hull and that it is torn when the ship will be righted.

Francesco Martinelli, the ship's weight is almost twice today, so we must first weld sheets on all openings, empty the Concordia water in it and only then straighten.

This concern of the engineer was put to the Chamber of Deputies in the last few days, because after the disaster of January 13, we should not add a layer with the bursting of the shell and all risks of damage, environmental and perhaps even humans that such a miscalculation could cause.

 
Friday, August 3, 2012, Micoperi 30, left the Abruzzo region :
The type-platform ship crane ship Italian "Micoperi 30", owned by the company Micoperi, left that night at 3:30 in the port of Ortona (Ital), it must happen Friday, August 10 to 8 am to island of Giglio. This ship measuring 121 meters long, 29 meters wide and weighs 6396 tonnes and 7764 gross tonnage, average speed 5.8 knots.

It can work in rough seas, he will have the mission initially laying the Concordia security posts, then the construction of the submarine platform that will accept the Concordia when it will be straightened and the laying of 30 caissons. The year of construction Micoperi 30 is 1950, but it has all the latest technology in equipment for marine and underwater work.

Photo : Guiseppe Simonetti
 
Saturday, July 28, 2012, no pollution to fear after the first analysis :

Wednesday, July 25, a whitish liquid from the Costa Concordia, samples were immediately made by the Arpat to analyze the origin. Initial results indicate that this is a retardant lights that contain sofas, chairs, bedding, etc.. The results of the new levies which have been made should be known by Wednesday 1st in August, but for now there is no reason to fear pollution.

 
Monday, July 23, 2012, late withdrawal of the rock :

The withdrawal of the rock that was embedded in the Concordia ended today, to exit the ship had to split it into three parts. With a total weight of over 200 tonnes, it was deposited on the dock "Vincenzo Cosentino", waiting to be placed in a safe and secure place, and that, for the purposes of the investigation.

 
Thursday, July 19, 2012, crash of a barge Titan / Micoperi :
A barge with waste Costa Concordia towed by a tugboat Titan / Micoperi consortium had an accident in 1000 on the island of Giglio, the cargo would have fallen into the sea to part time could be recovered. No information on a possible marine pollution.
 
Friday, July 13, 2012, removal of rock :
Starting work for the removal of rock almost 200 tons stuck in the side of the Concordia, for that it will be cut into several pieces. One of these pieces serve as a memorial to the victims of the sinking and will be deposited in the port of the island of Giglio.
Photo : The parbuckling project
 
Wednesday, July 4, 2012, various information :
383 tons is the exact weight of each of the 30 steel caissons that will be manufactured by the Fincantieri group of Genoa (Ital), for a total weight of 11,500 tons.

Concordia manufacturer that is better than group could be chosen by the Italian-American consortium Titan / Micoperi to build these boxes that will serve to right the ship.

According to Titan / Micoperi consortium, the structure of the Concordia was so weakened distort what will be an additional test, but not unknown in its withdrawal.

When the boxes arrive on the island of Giglio, 15 are fixed on the port side of the ship filled with water they serve with the help of a hydraulic cable mechanism installed on a mobile platform to straighten the Concordia on the platform built under the water it.

Then when the Concordia will be adjusted on its platform, they will fix the other 15 boxes on the starboard side of the ship, again filled with water.

In the end, the boxes will be emptied of water (treated beforehand to avoid any pollution), and Concordia find through its buoyancy chambers and will be towed to an Italian port to be dismantled.

Silvio Bartolotti representing Titan / Micoperi consortium, said that the rock will be removed within a fortnight, the weight of the rock has been revised upwards, in fact it is estimated at 200 tons, not 80 tons.

The withdrawal of the rock will have no impact on the stability of Concordia because it weighs more than 44 000 tonnes.

In a few days will arrive from new ships for the installation of the posts to be used for securing the Concordia, the construction of the underwater platform which will recover the Concordia.

But before that, the first core drilling will be performed to analyze the strength of the seabed in the construction of this platform.

The Government Commissioner Franco Gabrielli announced on his side during this meeting in Florence (Ital), the Concordia will be safe in later August 31, 2012, as originally planned.

The recovery of the Concordia will be done by the end of December for a tow to be acquired which appears the port of Livorno early January 2012, where the Concordia will be dismantled.

The president of the environmental observatory Maria Sargentini, is meanwhile said relieved that the ship will secure and that it can withstand the most severe storms.

The emergency committee was composed of, Enrico Rossi President of the Tuscany Region, Sergio Ortelli Mayor of the island of Giglio and various representatives of the competent authorities.

 
Tuesday, July 3, 2012, official statement Costa Cruises :
14:00 (CET)

Fincantieri won the contract for the construction of the caissons
The contract involves the construction at various sites of Fincantieri, 30 watertight compartments steel to be used to straighten and then refloat the ship.

Under the plan for removal of the wreck of the Costa Concordia, which will be executed by the Italian-American consortium Titan-Micoperi retained by Costa Crociere, Fincantieri has won a contract worth several million euros for the construction of cofferdams to be used during operations to refloat the vessel.

A total of 30 steel boxes, a combined weight of about 11 500 tonnes, will be built on several sites Fincantieri.
Costa Concordia removal plan includes the use of these boxes to straighten and turn the wreck afloat, so as to remove in one piece.

Once the ship stabilized, caissons will be fixed on the upper part of the hull and gradually filled with water as part of operations to right the ship. Raising the wreck will be done using a hydraulic drive system of the type "strand jacks" mounted on an underwater platform. Once the ship righted, water-filled caissons will be fixed to the other side of the hull and then the boxes will be emptied to refloat the ship. The wreck will be ready to be towed to an Italian port.

Meanwhile the preliminary work to prepare the wreck for his abduction argue, on the island of Giglio, on schedule. These include the setting up of steel structures for cutting and removing some external parts of the ship (OVI SAT antenna, mast head lights before, waterslide) and to facilitate the next step bailout. The seabed is also inspected regularly in perspective of site cleaning operations to preserve the marine environment, which will be a priority once the wreckage removed. This preliminary work, which should be completed by the end of July, will be followed by the ship stabilization phase.

11:00 (CET)

In reference to the article published today in the Italian daily Corriere della Sera, Costa Crociere wishes to clarify the following: The black box (VDR) which, according to the article, has broken down on 9 January, has is simply broadcast an error code, which did not mean that the device was out, as was demonstrated by the fact that their data were perfectly in line with the expectations of the engineers. There is no regulation or international convention that prohibits a ship to sail in these conditions.

According to our information, the data of the VDR does not support the contention that watertight doors were open because of problems on the Martec electrical control system, as will be specified after the current phase of the procedure ( preliminary hearing for the establishment of evidence).

Finally, regarding the charts: the ship was equipped with all the cards, whether printed or electronic, necessary for the planned route, as will be shown at the end of a preliminary hearing to establish evidence . He is the Commander of duty, based on the itinerary - trip- plan that establishes itself, to ensure that the ship receives all necessary chart. But what must above all be kept in mind is that the ship should never have to navigate so close to the coast.

 

Wednesday, June 27, 2012, a monitoring observatory set up :
An observatory monitoring just settled on the island of Giglio to monitor the operation and securing the removal of the wreck of the Costa Concordia.

This observatory was established by Ordinance No. 4023 of the Council of Italian Ministers established by decree by the Prefect Franco Gabrielli, the government commissioner appointed emergency on the island of Giglio.

The observatory will also chairman of the Region Of Tuscany, it will consist of Maria Sargentini acting as President and appointed by the Tuscany Region, it will carry out the decree of the Prefect Franco Gabrielli.

It will be helped in his task by Siro Corezzi the Ministry of Environmental Protection of the Earth and the Sea, Admiral Stephen Tortora National Department of Civil Protection, Marcello Ceccanti head of ARPAT Massimo Luschi of the Province of Grosseto, Mario Pellegrini of the island of Giglio, Ennio Aquilino Brigade of the Ministry of Interior, Danilo Giaquinto the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport, Luigi Alcaro ISPRA, the commander Gianluca D'Agostino commander General Harbour, Mauro Denys Ministry of Health, Eleanor Soggiu the ISS.

Their role will be monitoring and proper implementation of the project of removing the wreck of the Costa Concordia cruise presented by Costa and possible changes to the withdrawal that could come later, but must remain in the line of conduct of the defined project and approve previously.

They will also be the only interlocutors appointed by the Prefect Franco Gabrielli, Costa Cruises and Titan-Micoperi consortium.

Marcello Ceccanti head of STATE, continue monitoring the waters around the island of Giglio, but also the air quality and noise emitted from the site for proper environmental, population of island and tourists who will arrive in the coming days.

The next meeting will take place on July 3, 2012, will be on the agenda planning of the various interventions by the end of July, and the Costa Concordia security layout to end in August 2012.

It should be noted that all costs incurred in this monitoring process will be borne by Costa Cruises.

 
Saturday, June 16, 2012, a bomb of World War II :

A bomb two meters long and dating from the Second World War was discovered near the Costa Concordia, she was at a depth of 53 meters. Odds guards placed a perimeter of 100 meters around the bomb, just waiting for it to be defused. No decision was apparently taken in view of the judgment of the work for removal of the Costa Concordia.

 
Thursday, June 14, 2012, arrival of the platform :
The first platform of the Titan-Micoperi consortium arrived at the scene, it measures 40.5 meters long and 28.65 meters wide, it is equipped with 4 towers 47 meters high and 1.8 meters in diameter. This platform can work up to 32 meters deep, it will initially be used for the installation of 60 poles for anchoring the Costa Concordia.
 
Monday, June 11, 2012, arrival of the first ship of the Titan-Micoperi consortium :
According to the newspaper "La Nazione di Grosseto", the first ship of the consortium and deTitan-Micoperi technicians should arrive tomorrow or Wednesday in the port of the island of Giglio. Their first task will be that familiar with the island and its inhabitants, in order to create the least possible nuisance especially with the approach of summer vacation.

Its also waited four experts appointed by the investigating judge Grosseto (Ital) "Valeria Montesarchio," to continue the investigation into the sinking of the Costa Concordia. The first priority will be to remove the huge rock embedded in the hull of the ship to analyze the huge gap of almost seventy meters long.

 
Saturday, June 2, 2012, the early work of the bailout :
The start of the Costa Concordia refloating work will begin soon after the installation of some equipment and modular buildings that serve as logistics base in the port of Livorno (Ital).
 
Saturday, May 19, 2012, the terms of withdrawal of Concordia :
The Italian-American consortium Titan Salvage and Micoperi presented yesterday in Rome (Italy), the terms of withdrawal of the Costa Concordia Giglio Island. For the representatives of the consortium, the withdrawal "is a huge challenge, no company to date has performed in the world." They add that for them "the protection of the environment have the highest priority in all phases of work."

The withdrawal of the Costa Concordia and the cleaning of the coast and seabed are planned for May 2013, but the consortium does not rule out a withdrawal in early 2013, "We think we can do it for February 2013" , said the spokesman for the consortium.

The work of refloating will start next week, by making safe the ship, which should be completed in August 2012 in order to prevent it sliding towards the seabed. The security will be based on the establishment of 60 posts planted side coast to tie the Costa Concordia and submerged platforms that will be used for refloating. Upstream work will be done on moving corals and anemones, which will be placed in giant aquariums, pending completion of the work.

Gianni Onorato, CEO of Costa Cruises also declare the amount of the transaction is approximately $ 300 million (€ 236 million).

Representatives of the consortium, Richard Habib executive director of the US company Titan Salvage and Silvio Bartolotti, head of the company Micoperi. Richard Habib said : "The scale of the operation is unprecedented. We are confident that we will be able to carry it out."

The company Costa Cruises launched a tender in early February 2012 to remove the wreck of the Costa Concordia Giglio Island (Italy). The 10 companies in which the tender was for : Smit Salvage, Svitzer Salvage, Mammoet Salvage, Titan Salvage, Resolve Marine Group, T & T Marine Salvage, Donjon Marine, Tito Neri, Fukada Salvage & Marine Works, The Nippon Salvage.

 
Below the Costa Concordia recovery mode.

Salvage of ship :

To bail out a ship, using Archimedes' principle, according to which a ship fleet if the volume of water it takes the place has a weight greater than its own weight. So the technique chosen by Titan Salvage and Micoperi consortium will be to refloat the heavy enough Concordia.

  • * Move corals and anemones, which will be placed in giant aquariums, pending completion of the work.
    * Plantation 60 poles to tie the Concordia with steel hawsers to prevent slips and it flows into the pit 80 meters deep.
    * Concordia keel of the Strengthening using welded steel plate.
    * Pose bags of cement and sand (grout) under the keel to help the recovery of the Concordia.
    * Repair welding of steel plates on the huge tear 70 meters long, caused by the rock during the accident.
    * Installing an underwater platform at a depth of 20 meters, 400 meters long and 40 meters wide.
    * Laying boxes next port of Concordia tuck seawater that help the cranes to swing the Concordia and to keep it afloat.
  • * Recovery of Concordia using giant cranes mounted on pontoons for the Concordia keel rests on the platform.
    * Laying boxes starboard side of the Concordia tuck seawater, which will maintain the Concordia afloat with port caissons.
    * Pumping of seawater which is located in Concordia, with treatment and purification before discharge into the sea ..
    * Draining the seawater that is in the port and starboard chambers again after treatment and purification of water for the environment. The sea water will be replaced by air, which will have the effect of lifting the Concordia its platform and put in the floating position.
  • * When the Concordia returns to its floating position, it will be towed to an Italian port where it should be dismantled. I think the decision of dismantling will be taken only after expertise of the structure of Concordia and the cost (if it has not suffered too much) to repair the ship.
    * Will remain to clean the coast and seabed, corals and anemones reimplanted that have been preserved in giant aquariums.

In February 2013, or at the latest in May 2013, the island of Giglio regain its normal appearance. If recovery of the Concordia takes place without incident, it will be a historic achievement for the recovery of this 114 500 tons of ship and place the Titan Salvage and Micoperi consortium number 1 worldwide in this type of operation.

 

Friday, May 18, 2012, Costa Cruises official statement :
Rome, May 18, 2012 - In the presence of the Commissioner Delegate for Urgency Costa Concordia, Franco Gabrielli, Costa Cruises, the Italian American consortium Titan-Micoperi, awarded the tender of enforcement operations have presented their removal plan of the wreck of the Costa Concordia.

Following the decision on May 15 conference convened by the Commissioner, during which the competent authorities issued the necessary permits, construction will start in the coming days for a period of about 12 months.

Titan Salvage subsidiary of Crowley Group, is an American company, world leader in marine salvage and wreck removal. Micoperi is a well-known Italian company with long experience in construction and underwater engineering.

The priority of the bailout of the hull plan is to minimize the environmental impact, protect the tourist and economic activities of the island of Giglio and ensure safe operations.

Environmental protection is the priority No. 1 for the duration of this exceptional and unprecedented rescue. The bailouts will give way to clean funds and the recovery of the underwater flora.

The plan also includes safeguards for tourism and economic activities of the island of Giglio. The presence of the bailout teams will have no significant impact on the hotel availability during the summer. The operational base will be installed off the island, on the mainland near Piombino, which will be approved devices and materials, to avoid any impact on the activities of the port of the island.

  • The operations will be divided into four phases:
    • After stabilizing the vessel, an underwater platform will be built; caissons, which can be filled with water, will be fixed on the side of the ship emerged.
    • Two cranes fixed to the platform will rise to the ship, aided by the boxes that will be filled with water.
    • Once the survey ship, the boxes will also be attached to the other side of the hull.
    • the boxes on both sides are then drawn, after treatment and purification of water to protect the marine environment, and filled with air.

After the bailout, wreck will be towed to an Italian port and supported as required by the Italian authorities.

This plan was adopted by a composite specialist assessment team from Costa Cruises, Carnival Corporation & plc, London Offshore Consultants and Standard P & I Club, with the collaboration of the Italian Naval Register and Fincantieri; he answers, in fact, the main objectives of the operation: removing the wreck in its entirety, risk minimization, minimal impact on the environment, tourism and protection of the island's economy and security Giglio maximum operations.

"From the first hours after the accident, Costa Cruises has committed all of its resources, professional expertise and organization to minimize the impact of the wreck on the environment and, in particular, on island of Giglio". Said Gianni Onorato, CEO of Costa Cruises SpA. "As the pumping operation of the fuel, we have made every effort to find the most effective solution and safest to protect the island and its marine environment tourist activities. Today we begin an unprecedented rescue operation by its characteristics and its technical complexity. A project of this magnitude is inevitably accompanied by unexpected, but we are confident of having made the right decision; we will continue to make every effort to complete this transaction to completion on time."

"We are very pleased to have been selected to achieve this exceptional operation to remove the wreck of the Costa Concordia. Our expertise and experience in this field has allowed us to present a project meeting all the requirements." Said Richard Habib, president of Titan Salvage. "Our focus on this operation is the preservation of the environment and the natural habitat. "

"We always thought that the professionalism of our society and its experience in underwater rescue and recovery operations were ideally suited to this rescue operation." Said Silvio Bartolotti, CEO of Micoperi. "Our selection is a powerful demonstration of the quality and capacity of Italian companies to handle such delicate and unique projects".

 

Friday, May 18, 2012, preparing the logistics base :
Based on information we received from the port of Piombino, which is in the province of Livorno (Italy) companies Titan Salvage and Micoperi begin to prepare the logistics base for the removal of the wreck of the Costa Concordia, the Italian authorities have given their agreement for the technique selected by Costa Cruises.
 
Saturday, April 21, 2012, Costa Cruises official statement :
Costa Cruises and the Office of the Associate Commissioner for emergency announced that the tender for the removal of the wreck of the Costa Concordia was won by the company Titan Salvage, in partnership with the Italian company Micoperi. The operations, which have yet to be approved by Italian authorities, will begin in May 2012 and should last about 12 months.

Titan Salvage is a US subsidiary of Crowley Group, world leader in the wreck bailout. Micoperi is a specialized Italian company, which has extensive experience in the construction and subsea engineering.

Environmental protection is the priority No. 1 for the duration of interventions. Bailout operations give way to clean funds and replenishment of marine fauna.

The plan also includes measures to protect tourism and the economy of the island of Giglio. The presence of the bailout teams will have no significant impact on the summer activity of the island. The operational base will be installed off the island, not far from Civitavecchia (I), which will be approved devices and equipment necessary interventions to avoid any impact on the activities of the tourist port of Giglio.

Once rehabilitation of floating, the wreck will be towed to an Italian port. Any subsequent decisions concerning the wreck will be taken in accordance with the requests of the Italian authorities.

This plan was selected by a technical evaluation committee, composed of experts commissioned by Costa Cruises, Carnival Corporation & plc, London Offshore Consultants and Standard P & I Club. Despite the quality of the 6 projects submitted before the deadline of 3 March 2012, the Technical Evaluation Committee has selected the one presented by Titan Salvage / Micoperi insofar as it further addresses the key requirements: removal of the wreck in his full; risk and minimal environmental impact; protection of tourism and economic activities on the island of Giglio; maximum security interventions.

 

Saturday, April 21, 2012, Titan Salvage and Micoperi :
Pier Luigi Foschi, Chairman and CEO Costa Cruises has given the name of two companies specializing in recovery of wreckage, which will be charged to replenish the Costa Concordia, were the US company Titan Salvage and the Italian company Micoperi.

Starting work bailout in May 2012, after approval of Italian authorities for completion of the recovery of the vessel, cleaning the seabed and rehabilitation of the coast of the island of Giglio at the latest by May 2013.

According to the Italian news agency ANSA, Carnival Corporation & Costa Cruises have not made a final decision on the future of the Costa Concordia, the only thing we now know is that the ship will be towed to an Italian port.

It is true that the financial estimate of the ship's withdrawal is in the order of 288 million euros, added the cost of the ship itself almost 500 million euros, it must be deducted in the reimbursement of insurance, and the sale of the ship to the weight of scrap iron and various metals.

The balance between repair or build a new one might ask, the answer in a year!

 
Tuesday, April 3, 2012, withdrawal of Concordia :
Gianni Onorato CEO of Costa Cruises announced today at a press conference in Savona (Ital) that Concordia will be removed from its current position of the island of Giglio (Ital) by spring 2013. Currently, management Costa Cruises has had too much to take care of passengers, crew members and victims of the shipwreck, that look after the ship itself.

Gianni Onorato stressed that all the pollutants can be removed have been! First the fuel tanks so the ship are empty since March 23, and the last few days began cleaning the seabed. The company responsible for removing the Concordia will be known April 20, 2012.

For his part Franco Gabrielli the special commissioner for maritime disasters, for its part announce that preparations for towing and unloading of the vessel will commence in May 2012.

 
Friday, March 23, 2012, end of the pumping of fuel :
Summary of Proceedings of pumping fuel 2.380m3 of 16 tanks of the Costa Concordia by the company Smit Salvage BV and the Italian firm Tito Neri srl. The start of pumping took place Sunday, February 12, 2012 at 17h, and ends Friday, March 23. To avoid unbalancing the ship and drag, fuel was replaced progressively by water.

 

Tuesday, March 20, 2012, light pollution and removal of Concordia :
According actu-environnement.com site, the ecological disaster has been avoided for now, but given that there are still between 20 and 30% of fuel in the tanks of the Costa Concordia, it is better not to decide too quickly and wait for the pump which is expected in late March.

But according to Greenpeace, organic materials release by the food and beverages that are aboard the ship causes minor contamination of ammonia nitrogen, but there are also readings from their chemical contamination of the product cleanings stored on board.

Regarding the removal of the wreck, the Dutch company BOSKALIS offers a total bailout of the Costa Concordia, but this is the most expensive method, with a towing to a shipyard for decommissioning cost is estimated at more than 100 million.

The other 5 companies they intend to cut on site the high bridges that are lighter, bailing hull and again the tow to a shipyard for dismantling.

The response of Costa Cruises on choosing the company that will take the market should take place in late March early April for an operation that should last between 10 and 12 months.

 
Thursday, March 15, 2012, flight bell Concordia :
Nothing can stop the robbers, not even respect for victims who are still in the bowels of the Costa Concordia. Just a few days the Italian authorities wanted to silence the time to conduct the investigation according to the ANSA news agency, have constataient the disappearance of the bell from the ship. This bell weighed about ten kilos and not easy to reach without special equipment, and especially without permission from Police who are permanently on site.
 
Saturday, March 10, 2012, the Concordia has been declared a total loss :
At a meeting held Tuesday, March 6, 2012, the President of Costa Cruises, Pier Luigi Foschi, said the Prefect of Grosseto (Ita) Franco Gabrielli, the Civil Protection and the Commissioner for the sinking of the Costa Concordia, the advance of tenders for the removal of the wreck. Of the 10 calls launched international tenders, 6 operational plans therefore were subjected to a union of two expert companies in this field.

The 6 wreck removal projects have different ways of methodologies and techniques to protect high up the natural environment of the island of Giglio (Ita), but higher in term of time to what was planned (7 to 8 months).

Where companies are an estimated 10 to 12 months, which is much higher and that can worry the inhabitants of the island of Giglio (Ita), the risks of impacts of the wreck on the natural environment.

An initial short list of companies that can be awarded the contract will be given in a few days for a final decision on the company to be commissioned at the end of March.

Declared a total loss by insurance, the Costa Concordia will not be repaired, the repair would cost much more expensive than building a new ship.

Greenpeace enters the game and worries about the pollution that creates the wreckage today, even if that pollution is not due to ship fuel to be pumped continuously him.
But to an abnormal amount of ammonia nitrogen has been relieved, and which varies from 2.04 micrograms (mg) at 2.12 mg per liter of sea water while the upper limit is 0.066 mg / l, this was due primarily to organic matter of foods and beverages that are still on the ship.

 

Monday, February 13, 2012, start of pumping fuel :
The start of pumping 2400 tonnes of fuel oil present in the reservoir 6 Costa Concordia started last Sunday, February 12. This morning at 9:30 draining the first reservoir containing 103 m3 is complete.

Pier Luigi Foschi Chairman and CEO Costa Crociere, present on the island of Giglio assured that the arrangements for the withdrawal of the wreck of the Costa Concordia should be known in mid-March. He also reassured the population compared to the impact on the tourist season.

 
Thursday, February 2, 2012, tender for the removal of Concordia :
The company Costa has launched a tender to remove the wreck of the Costa Concordia Giglio Island (Italy), knowing that we must protect the maximum the natural environment from pollution.
The 10 companies in which the tender is intended is: Smit Salvage, Svitzer Salvage, Mammoet Salvage, Titan Salvage, Resolve Marine Group, T & T Marine Salvage, Donjon Marine, Tito Neri, Fukada Salvage & Marine Works, The Nippon Salvage.

Is still pending on what will happen to the wreck of the Costa Concordia, according to experts in the field, the structure of the ship is lying at 80 and undergoes seafood assaults suffered tremendously. So there is very little chance that the Costa Concordia resumed service one day.

As for its dismantling on site, nothing is less sure either, because it is necessary at all costs protect marine life from pollution entailed dismantling on site.

It will take between 7 and 10 months for the wreckage was removed from the island of Giglio (Italy).

 
Thursday, January 26, 2012, the state of emergency gazetted :
This day is published in the Official Gazette No. 21 Decree No. 3998, confirming the appointment of Franco Gabrielli Head of the Department of Civil Protection, Deputy Commissioner of the state of emergency for the withdrawal of the Costa Concordia and that following the sinking this last Friday, January 13, 2012, on the coast of the island of Giglio (Tuscany).

His role will be the coordination of interventions to deal with the wreck, to monitor the proper implementation of the withdrawal from the wreckage by the ship owner Costa Cruises and this in compliance with safety standards and with respect for the natural area surrounding. Franco Gabrielli will have the power to replace the person in charge of the removal of the wreck if it does not meet the specifications defined by the Council of Ministers.

Franco Gabrielli Assistant Commissioner immediately set up a committee with advisory functions, composed of the mayor of the island of Giglio, the prefect of Grosseto, representatives of the Tuscany region, representative of the Ministries of Environment and Infrastructure Italians transport. It also will have the power to create a technical committee which will be composed of scientific experts in the fields of environmental protection and recovery of ships.

As provided in Article 11, paragraph 4, of Law No. 979 of 31 December 1982. Is activated the national emergency plan for the protection against pollution from hydrocarbons or any harmful substances caused by marine accidents.

 
Tuesday, January 24, 2012, fuel pumping from the beginning by the company SMIT Salvage :
The Dutch company SMIT Salvage started today the preparations for pumping 2400 tonnes of fuel in the 23 tanks of the Costa Concordia, pumping should last thirty days.
 
Friday, January 20, 2012, Mario Monti declared a state of emergency :
The President Italian Council of Ministers Mario Monti said in Decree No. 3998, the emergency state following the sinking of the Costa Concordia off the coast of the island of Giglio in Tuscany. A ministerial meeting called Franco Gabrielli Head in the Department of Civil Protection, Deputy Commissioner of the state of emergency;
 
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