Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Raising The Concordia


Raised in 60 seconds: Time lapse video reduces 19-hour, £500million mission to lift the Concordia to just one minute
Salvage experts started rotation of cruise liner in Italy yesterday at 9am
Cruise liner finally laid to rest on an underwater mattress today at 4am
Project now allows for search for two bodies never found from 32 dead
Daily Mail (UK)
PUBLISHED: 06:20 EST, 17 September 2013 | UPDATED: 07:29 EST, 17 September 2013

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Costa Concordia is finally raised in £500m salvage operation: First glimpse of the submerged decks as stricken cruise ship is winched upright
Engineers confirmed that they reached 25 degrees shortly before midnight and the vessel was finally upright by the early hours on Tuesday morning
The 114,000 tonne ship has been marooned outside Giglio harbour off the coast of Tuscany for 20 months
Thirty-two people lost their lives on January 13, 2012 when the vessel hit rocks and sank with 4,200 people aboard
Liner was rotated with pulleys and lifted up in the largest and most expensive maritime salvage operation ever
Engineers expect a 'burp' of noxious gases as ship is lifted and trapped air bubbles are released
They raised the ship by 65 degrees - without it breaking in two - and it is vertical so it can be towed away next spring
Ship's captain Francesco Schettino, aka 'Captain Coward', at home in Naples preparing to face trial over the disaster
PUBLISHED: 02:46 EST, 16 September 2013 | UPDATED: 23:54 EST, 16 September 2013

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