Costa Concordia

Shipping a ship might sound unusal, but there's nothing common when it comes to the grounding of the Costa Concordia, its salvage and final voyage.

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25 July 2014

Two years after the Costa Concordia ran aground off the island of Giglio, Italy, authorities have implemented an audacious plan to move the vessel 200 nautical miles north to Genoa, where it will be dismantled and used for scrap metal. At a salvage cost now exceeding 1 billion euros, the voyage is expected to take 4 days and consists of an ‘armada’ of support boats, including a 14 tug escort travelling at just 2 knots (3.7 km/h).

Costa Concordia partly submerged

Statistics

  • Gross Tonnage: 114,147
  • Length: 290.20 metres
  • Beam (width): 35.5 metres
  • Decks: 13
  • Capacity: 3,780 passengers, 1,100 crew
  • Speed: 19.6 knots (36 km/h)
  • Interesting Fact: The Costa Concordia is the largest Italian passenger ship ever built.
Costa Concordia side
Costa Concordia salvage

Salvage

In what is likely to be remembered as the most ambitious (and expensive) salvage plan in maritime history, there are fears the ship could breakup if ocean swells develop. Amongst the 500 engineers and divers involved in the operation, crew have been stationed aboard to access the structural integrity of the vessel throughout the journey.

On 13 January 2012, the Costa Concordia ran aground killing 32 of the 3,229 passengers and 1,023 crew aboard.