Domenica, 21 Ottobre 2018
GROSSETO

Hull eroding on half-sunken Costa Concordia

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Grosseto, July 18 - The hull on the partially
submerged cruise ship Costa Concordia is gradually eroding and
that could cause serious problems, sources told ANSA Thursday.
Recent underwater inspections of the ship, which has been
stranded off the coast of Tuscany since striking a rock
formation in January 2012, show the bow is dropping deeper in
the water.
And while the inspections could not easily detect pollution
from the ship, authorities are concerned it is harming the
environment and its wildlife and marine atmosphere.
Plans to remove the ship, where 32 people were killed after
it hit the rocks on the island of Giglio, have been stalled,
possibly until next year.
Italy's civil protection agency is seeking clarifications
on a range of issues from the wreckage outfit responsible for
the massive salvage job.
Authorities are concerned about how much damage the ship
sustained in the crash and what could happen to it as it is
moved.
The cruise ship hit a rock formation after an allegedly
rash manoeuvre by captain Francesco Schettino to sail near
Giglio Island to "salute" local residents.
It tilted onto its side which has made salvage operations
difficult.
Schettino is currently on trial for multiple manslaughter
and other charges.

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