Martedì, 25 Settembre 2018
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Costa Concordia wreckage removal held up

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Grosseto, July 12 - Removal of the half-sunk Costa
Concordia that has been stranded off the coast of Tuscany since
striking a rock formation in January 2012 may be frozen until
next year unless the wreckage outfit responsible for the massive
salvage job provides a slew of new clarifications to Italy's
civil protection agency, the shipwreck's commissioner said in an
interview broadcast on Friday.
''If they do not provide us with a whole range of
assurances, the ship will remain in its current condition until
next year when the weather conditions will permit rotating it
back on its axis in absolute safety,'' Franco Gabrielli, the
commissioner for the Costa Concordia emergency, told the RAI
programme 'Uno Mattina Estate' (One Summer Morning).
''Despite the number of times the engineers have made
simulations and hypotheses, we do not know the degree to which
rocks have penetrated the side, what types of gashes they made
and what the real conditions of the structure are, and thus the
type of intervention they should undertake to allocate the
caissons necessary to make the whole ship floatable,'' said
Gabrielli, regarding progress made by the Titan Micoperi
Consortium, tasked by Costa Cruises to remove the ship's
carcass.
Gabrielli last month said that, depending on checks, the
ship could be righted from its current position this September
and leave the Island of Giglio waters by November or March.
The cruise ship hit a rock formation nearly a year and a
half ago, claiming 32 lives, after an allegedly rash manoeuvre
by captain Francesco Schettino to sail near Giglio Island to
''salute'' local people.
It tilted onto its side and made salvage operations
difficult.
''The ship's removal is a priority. First its removal,
then its destination. My mandate is to remove this ship from
Giglio,'' Gabrielli said in June.

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