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jeremya
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posted 07-03-2014 10:21 PM      Profile for jeremya   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
ROME (Reuters) - The wreck of the Costa Concordia cruise liner is set to be refloated within 10 days, to be towed away from the Italian island where it ran aground and capsized two and a half years ago, the group organising the removal said on Thursday.

The hulk of the 290-metre ship was righted and secured in a complex operation off the Tuscan holiday island of Giglio last September and, with the arrival of calm summer weather, is now due to be towed to Genoa to be broken up for scrap.

The last of 30 stabilising devices or "sponsons" was attached to the wreck on Thursday and technicians will now start to test all the systems for the final refloating, the Concordia Wreck Removal Project said in a statement.

"Following installation of the last sponson, we can start the countdown to refloating and final departure of the wreck," Michael Thamm, chief executive of Costa Cruises, a unit of the liner's owner Carnival Corp, said in the statement.

The organisers said the last phases of the project to remove the 114,500-tonne vessel, the largest maritime salvage in history, would be explained in detail in the next few days.

A consortium including oil services group Saipem and the Genoa-based companies Mariotti and San Giorgio will carry out the dismantling.

The ship's captain, Francesco Schettino, is on trial accused of manslaughter, causing a shipwreck and abandoning ship. Thirty-two people died in the catastrophe.

(Reporting by Isla Binnie; Editing by Kevin Liffey)


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I see Greenpeace are out for some publicity now wanting to stop it. Not sure what else they have in mind, if anything.

Pam


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desirod7
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posted 07-04-2014 10:19 AM      Profile for desirod7     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
video footage of the wreck

http://www.channel4.com/news/underwater-footage-from-inside-the-costa-concordia-video


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posted 07-10-2014 03:51 PM      Profile for DAMBROSI2   Email DAMBROSI2   Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Why would Green Peace get involved? I think they would have been glad to see it removed in order to preserve the reef as it's designated part or is a national park.
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posted 07-11-2014 07:03 AM      Profile for PamM   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Refloating to start Monday 14 July, weather and permissions permitting.

Pam


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posted 07-14-2014 01:06 AM      Profile for DAMBROSI2   Email DAMBROSI2   Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Green light given, according to the latest news report, procedure is going according to plan. Live cam:
http://www.giglionews.it/2014/07/14/live-streaming-costa-concordia-refloating/

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Ernst
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posted 07-14-2014 05:03 PM      Profile for Ernst   Author's Homepage   Email Ernst   Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
TIME-LAPSE VIDEO OF REFLOATING COSTA CONCORDIA
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posted 07-15-2014 12:53 AM      Profile for FuzzyFish   Email FuzzyFish   Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Am I the only one that thought she would float much higher than what it ended up being?
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posted 07-15-2014 09:42 AM      Profile for PamM   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I think that's just actually getting her afloat - the news says it's going to take 6 - 7 days for the whole floating operation.

Great time lapse

Pam


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posted 07-15-2014 10:30 AM      Profile for rem-dk     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Hi all!

Here is another time lapse:
http://nyhederne.tv2.dk/2014-07-15-timelapse-video-s%C3%A5-meget-har-costa-concordia-rykket-sig?nidk

Best regards
René.


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posted 07-15-2014 11:55 AM      Profile for DEIx15x8   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by FuzzyFish:
Am I the only one that thought she would float much higher than what it ended up being?

They've only floated her 1 meter to get her off of the platform and moved her 30m out to sea at this point. They have more prep work today and tomorrow. On Thursday and Friday they will then be floating her the rest of the way (I believe to deck 3). On Saturday they then will start the journey to the ship yard to be scrapped.


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posted 07-15-2014 12:52 PM      Profile for joe at travelpage   Author's Homepage   Email joe at travelpage   Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Updates from the The Parbuckling Project website
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JULY 15
1.00 pm : The underwater preliminary activities related to the beginning of the last phase of the refloating operation of the Concordia are in progress today. Technicians are indeed working to connect and tension the last 4 chains and 6 cables. The wreck is stable position and securely moored.


JULY 14
8.00 pm : The first day of the refloating operation of the Concordia has concluded successfully. Confirming technician’s estimations, the wreck is now afloat thanks to the buoyancy given by sponsons, 2 2 meters off the false sea bed, and it has been towed for about 30 meters eastwards. The wreck is securely moored and therefore the first phase of the refloating operations has now ended.
Around and under the Concordia operations are still on going to connect some chains and cables to the sponsons.

12.00 : The Concordia’s stern and bow are now detached from the false sea bed by about 1 meter. The wreck is floating thanks to the sponsons. Before being towed 30 meters East, the Concordia will need to be refloated of another meter. Technicians have now begun to tighten the chains on starboard sponson S14, as planned.

8.30 am: With the arrival of the ferry at 8.30 am the final phase of the lightening of the wreck has begun. Only less then 1,000 tonnes of weight remain, out of the initial 30,000 tonnes; as soon as this step is completed, the wreck can be lifted off the platforms. In a first stage, this will happen in the stern area.

6.00 am: The Concordia refloating operations have started regularly. At 6 am the Senior Salvage Master, Nick Sloane, reached the Remote Operations Center located on the Concordia with the rest of the team.


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posted 07-19-2014 04:53 PM      Profile for joe at travelpage   Author's Homepage   Email joe at travelpage   Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
As of this afternoon:

Deck 5 has completely emerged and there are still about 2 meters for deck 4 to refloat. The wreck is stable in its position while operations to control ballast are performed. So far an average floating of about 6 meters has been reached through these operations.


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Thanks for the update - I just checked the webcam and the difference to the other day is quite obvious even at night.

Pam


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posted 07-21-2014 12:39 PM      Profile for joe at travelpage   Author's Homepage   Email joe at travelpage   Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
The schedule has slipped a bit with the tow scheduled to begin on Wednesday morning.

Here are photos showing the difference between last Wednesday and today:


larger version

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Scientific American reports:-
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Massive Convoy to Assist Wrecked Costa Concordia out to Sea

When the Costa Concordia finally leaves Giglio Island sometime early next week, it will be traveling with one of the most impressive oil spill cleanup and environmental disaster response convoys ever assembled.

...


I think the estimate of "30 million metric tons" of steel cable must be wrong. More likely to be 30 million kg, surely (= 30,000 tonnes).

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quote:
Originally posted by Globaliser:
Scientific American reports:- I think the estimate of "30 million metric tons" of steel cable must be wrong. More likely to be 30 million kg, surely (= 30,000 tonnes).

The milliion seems to be an error carried across from one website to the next

thanks for the link, I find
"Islanders have signed a petition asking the Italian environmental ministry to leave underwater platforms in place to create an artificial reef and underwater memorial for the 32 passengers and crew who lost their lives in the shipwreck. " rather interesting. It will attract tourists they will lose once she's gone.

Pam


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Today's update:

July 22nd

Work is in progress to complete the last operations before the departure of the Concordia from Giglio Island, planned for tomorrow, Wednesday July 23rd. At present, the Concordia has a draft of approximately 18 meters, and technicians have to lower the last starboard sponson (S14). Welding is also in progress to position the bollards needed for the arrival of the ship in the port of Genoa.

12:00 pm: Lowering of the last starboard sponson (S14) completed.


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posted 07-23-2014 04:09 AM      Profile for rem-dk     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
So she is off, next stop Genoa.

http://nyhederne.tv2.dk/udland/2014-07-23-live-tv-costa-concordias-sidste-rejse?nidk

When the live tv is out, there is more to see here:
http://www.theparbucklingproject.com./tragitto.php

Best regards
René.

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It's slightly eerie to see the familiar scene without the ship.

[Clicky.]


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The other webcam is showing her off in the distance.

[Clicky.]


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You can watch a live stream here. A ro-ro going by right now - bet everyone is watching

Yes, eerie to see no ship there now after all this time. The live stream was more interesting when you could see all the tugs.

Pam


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quote:
Originally posted by PamM:
You can watch a live stream here.
Thanks!

It's quite a flotilla:-


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I'm looking forward to seeing the ship in a dry dock....I'm not sure it will be put into a dry dock or not, but it will be interesting to see the ship dismantled.
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I was very highly impressed of the whole operation, Titan and Micoperi did an excellent job.
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