Lunedì, 22 Ottobre 2018
GIGLIO ISLAND

Preparation for removal of Costa Concordia wreckage begins

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Giglio Island, April 17 - Technicians worked near
the sunken Costa Concordia cruise-liner Wednesday morning to
begin removal of the wreckage from its spot on the Tuscan coast.
In January 2012, the cruise ship hit a rock formation after
an allegedly rash maneuver by captain Francesco Schettino to
sail near Giglio Island to "salute" local people.
Thirty-two people died in the disaster, and 4,200
passengers and crew had to be evacuated.
On Wednesday, workers mounted the first of 30 projections
for stabilization, alignment and lift - called "sponsons" - on
the submerged part of the ship.
The 395 ton flotation device arrived at Giglio Island on
Tuesday, towed by a barge from the Tuscan port city Livorno.
Fifteen of the hollow projections will be positioned on
each side of the ship. On one side, they will be filled with
water, and the hull made to rotate with the aid of steel tie
rods.
Once the massive wreck is aligned, the filled sponsons will
be emptied to enable the wreck to float and be towed to its
destination port.
The sponsons vary in dimension, with the three largest
weighing 500 tons and measuring 30 metres in length, 11 meters
in height and 11 metres in depth.
Four sponsons are ready and awaiting deployment from
Livorno, while the rest are still in the process of being
prepared.

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