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Costa Concordia begins its final journey to the scrap yards


Costa Concordia begins its final journey to the scrap yards

The once magnificent Costa Concordia cruise ship embarked on its final journey away from Giglio Island, off the coast of Tuscany where it has lain since it crashed on the night of January 13, 2012 in a disaster that claimed the lives of 32 passengers.

The Costa Concordia overturned after striking an undersea rock while passing very close to the Giglio shore, carrying more than 4,000 passengers and crew. The ship’s captain Francesco Schettino was accused of sailing the massive oceangoing liner too close to the island in what was accused as being a showoff maneuver.

As a result of Schettino’s accused of negligence, the Costa Concordia cruise ship will now set off on its final tragic last journey that is expected to take around four days, eventually arriving at the Italian port town of Genoa where it will be disassembled for scrap.

The ship’s final journey marks the conclusion of an unprecedented maritime salvage operation which cost in excess of €1.5 billion, which includes damages caused to the Giglio Island, floating the capsized vessel, part of the Carnival Corporation fleet of luxury ocean liners, as well as towing the liner to Genoa and finally considerable scrapping costs.

Until the cruise liner makes it to Genoa it will be kept afloat by 30 specially constructed hollow metal boxes, and will be accompanied by a mini flotilla comprising 14 smaller tugboats.

Intricate maneuvers that were required to set the Costa Concordia in exactly the right position so that it could be successfully removed from its current position got underway on Wednesday the 23rd of July, coming after seven days of refloating operations, which slowly corrected the position of the massive 114,500-tonne ship before it could be towed.

The Costa Concordia is among a number of specially constructed ships, and had been resting on underwater platforms after being pulled up right in September 2013, and fully emerged from the water for the first time just a few days ago.

Francesco Schettino the erstwhile captain of the Costa Concordia is on trial on charges of manslaughter, causing a shipwreck as well as abandoning ship. Captain Schettino denies the charges.

Photo credit: Roberto Vongher

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