When Costa Concordia sank last year off the Tuscan Coast, one of the biggest questions that loomed was – what will happen to the ship?
It started last spring when maritime salvage company Titan Salvage, in partnership with the Italian firm Micoperi, was awarded the job of refloating and removing the stricken liner.
Titan Salvage, part of the Crowley Group, is an American-owned specialist marine salvage and wreck removal company, known as a world leader in the field. Micoperi is a well-known Italian marine contractor with a long history as a specialist in underwater construction and engineering. This is the biggest maritime salvage operation the world has ever seen.
Currently, divers are working around the clock to re-float the ship; reports are that it could take up to until late summer 2013 for completion the whole project.
To chronicle this process, a website – The Parbuckling Project – launched last year. It has a step-by-step map of how the 114,000-ton vessel will be raised off the sea floor and floated away.
What’s parbuckling, you ask? It refers to the reversal of the wreck by the action of cables and tie rods. It’s quite a delicate operation because you need to deploy forces in an optimal way to rotate the wreck without deforming or damaging the hull.
The Parbuckling Project website highlights:
- A progress report of the project
- Project phases
- News Updates from the island
- Animations of floating
- Environmental care and issues
- Glossary of terms
If you are intrigued by the salvage operation of Costa Concordia be sure to book mark this interactive site.
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