The Costa Concordia refloating was completed Tuesday, July 22nd. This morning at around 11 am, Titan Micoperi began the departure operations for the Concordia to leave from Isola del Giglio and begin its navigation towards Genoa with an average speed of 2 knots. The arrival in Genoa is planned at the moment between Saturday July 26th and Sunday July 27th. With the arrival of the last ferry, operations to disconnect the mooring cables that connect the Concordia to the towers on the shore side are in progress.
A convoy of 14 vessels, led by the tugboat Blizzard, will conduct the tow, and since the refloating, the vessel has been, and will continue to be, under the constant power of a team of tugs keeping a series of lines tight to ensure control in its upright position. Continue reading
Dockwise, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) has been awarded the contract to load and transport the Concordia wreck from Isola del Giglio onboard the Dockwise Vanguard. The contract was awarded by Costa Crociere S.p.A. (the client). Continue reading
The operation to right the ship Costa Concordia (known as “parbuckling”) has been given the go-ahead for this month: this was the outcome of a meeting convened in Rome recently at the headquarters of the Civil Protection Department, by the Emergency Commissioner Franco Gabrielli, and attended by representatives from the Advisory Committee, the Observatory, the Micoperi-Titan Consortium and the cruise line Costa Crociere.
Scottish-based FoundOcean has been working at the Costa Concordia wreck removal site since October 2012, having been awarded the scope of work to design, manufacture, and grout 2,500 fabric formworks, which will support the ship’s hull during the up-righting phase of the salvage operation. FoundOcean will also carry out the foundation grouting of six subsea support platforms, which are critical in the parbuckling (or rolling) of the Costa Concordia from its current beached position.
FoundOcean is a globally recognised subsea grouting specialist, with nearly 50 years’ experience in the oil and gas and offshore wind sectors. It is one-third owned by Ambienta SGR, the environmental sector-focused Italian private equity house. Continue reading