Lunedì, 22 Ottobre 2018

Few other countries could have righted Costa Concordia


Giglio Island, September 17 - Senior salvage master
Nick Sloane, in charge of righting the Corsa Concordia cruise
ship, said on Tuesday that ''few countries in the world'' other
than Italy would have been able to put together resources needed
for an operation as large as the rotation of the massive wreck.
The ship that once transported 4000 people had lurched
semi-submerged on its side off the Tuscan island of Giglio since
January 2012 when 32 people died in one of the worse maritime
disasters in Italian history.
''The whole team is very proud of what we have done,''
commented Sloane, who works for the Italian-US consortium
Micoperi-Titan, which is in charge of the unprecedented salvage
operation - and the world's largest.
Sloane, a South African, said there was much damage to the
114,500 tonne cruiser, which needs to be catalogued.
Sloane was greeted like a star, welcomed with hugs and
applause by Giglio residents and swarmed by journalists and
cameras, after commanding the operation from a floating
control-room a few metres from the ship's carcass.
''I didn't expect people to react this way,'' Sloane said.
''I am relieved and proud, like my team.
''And I am a little tired. I'm going to have a beer and
then go to sleep. I'm sending a kiss to my wife,'' he added.
The operation to set the wrecked Costa Concordia cruise
ship upright was successfully completed at around 4:00 local
time on Tuesday.

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