Costa Concordia Operation Completed Successfully

At 4 a.m. local time Tuesday, the salvage companies announced the ship is upright and resting on platforms installed for that purpose.

Twenty months after the cruise ship Costa Concordia struck rocks off the coast of the Italian island Giglio and heeled over onto its starboard side, terrifying her passengers and causing a panicked evacuation in darkness, the ship is now upright after salvage firms Titan Salvage and Micoperi successfully pulled it from the rocks where it was stranded. They began turning the ship on Sept. 16.

The ship ran aground Jan. 13, 2012, with a 160-foot gash in the hull. The salvage companies received a large number of requests for media credentials from journalists who are reporting on the "parbuckling" operation, and they have posted fact sheets and information about the entire salvage process to date.

Their fact sheet said as it was uprighted, the ship "will have to be rotated very slowly and vigilantly, with constant monitoring of the process. The strand jacks will be used to pull the steel cables attached at one end to the nine central caissons and at the other to the underwater platforms on which the wreck will come to rest once it is vertical. This is a very delicate phase, during which the forces involved have to be offset carefully to rotate the wreck without deforming the hull. Upon conclusion of this phase, the wreck will be resting on the false bottom at a depth of about 30 meters."

Now that the movement has been accomplished, the overall condition of the ship will be surveyed, and afterward repairs will begin. Fifteen more caissons will then be attached to the starboard side of the wreck, symmetrically with those on the port side. When the 30 containers are emptied of water, they'll provide the buoyancy needed to allow the ship to be floated away from the island at last.

Download Center

  • Lone Worker Safety Guide

    As organizations digitalize and remote operations become more commonplace, the number of lone workers is on the rise. These employees are at increased risk for unaddressed workplace accidents or emergencies. This guide was created to help employers better understand common lone worker risks and solutions for lone worker risk mitigation and incident prevention.

  • Online Safety Training Buyer's Guide

    Use this handy buyer's guide to learn the basics of selecting online safety training and how to use it at your workplace.

  • COVID Return-to-Work Checklist, Fall 2021

    Use this checklist as an aid to help your organization return to work during the COVID-19 pandemic in a safe and healthy manner.

  • SDS Buyer's Guide

    Learn to make informed decisions while searching for SDS Management Software.

  • Risk Matrix Guide

    Risk matrices come in many different shapes and sizes. Understanding the components of a risk matrix will allow you and your organization to manage risk effectively.

  • Industry Safe

Featured Whitepapers

OH&S Digital Edition

  • OHS Magazine Digital Edition - November December 2021

    November December 2021

    Featuring:

    • GAS DETECTION
      How to Streamline Gas Detector Maintenance
    • OSHA TOP 10
      OSHA's Top 10 Most Frequently Cited Standards for FY 2021
    • PROTECTIVE APPAREL
      How PPE Can Help You Deal with the Harsh Condition of Winter
    • HEARING PROTECTION
      Tackling Hearing Protection in the Workplace
    View This Issue