Domenica, 23 Settembre 2018
GIGLIO ISLAND

Concordia risks not over after ship pulled upright

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Giglio Island, September 17 - The successful
righting of the Corso Concordia does not mark the end of the
danger posed by the wrecked ship, Italian Civil Protection Chief
Franco Gabrielli said on Tuesday.
''We will call the operation closed when the ship leaves
Giglio (Island). Its presence is still a risk, even if there are
preventative measures and effective safety precautions (that are
being taken),'' Gabrielli explained.
Gabrielli hit back critics who said the rotation of the
ship to an upright position would cause disastrous spillage of
the boat's contents.
''I have heard everything and more,'' Gabrielli said of the
various warnings.
''Some said the best hypothesis was sewage spillage
(equivalent to that of) a city of I don't know how many
inhabitants, with a complacency that always discouraged me.
''Now I would like these people to show up with the same
complacency and repeat the things they've said in recent days''.
Gabrielli also noted that the DNA of sea urchins would be
tested for mutations as one of a number of measures being taken
to look after the environmental impact of the shipwreck and
salvaging operation.
One of the phases of the salvaging project includes ''an
activity undertaken by Costa and Carnival to restore the places
of construction and to monitor the ecosystem,'' Gabrielli said.
The Costa Concordia belonged to Costa Cruises, which is
part of Carnival Cruises.

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