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#CostaConcordia cruise ship wreck refloated for scrap – an annotated infographic

July 14, 2014

Italian engineers have started an operation to refloat the Costa Concordia in preparations for the wreck to be towed away for scrap.

The once luxurious 290-metre long cruise ship, now covered with rust, has been raised approximately two metres from the platform on which it has been resting since it was first lifted from the seabed about a year ago.

To lift the shipwreck, the engineers pumped air into 30 large metal boxes, or sponsons, attached around the hull of the 114,500 tonne ship. The air forced out the water in the sponsons, lifting the vessel off the underwater platform.

The ship will be further stabilised with chains and cables before tug boats move it about 30 metres into the harbour, where it will be prepared to be towed within days to Genoa in northern Italy, to be scrapped.

E&T news covered the Costa Concordia salvage operation in full earlier today.

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Hooray and up she rises

Hooray and up she rises

#CostaConcordia salvage operation redux – an annotated graphic

October 16, 2013

Having posted a Costa Concordia salvage infographic exactly one month ago today, now here we have another – the companion piece, so to speak.

It has been reported that a Dutch salvage vessel, the Dockwise Vanguard, the world’s largest semi-submersible ship, could be used to lift and ferry away the now-righted Costa Concordia. More typically used to move oil rigs about the place, Dockwise Vanguard has signed on to the project in a £19 million deal. The intention is to ultimately strip and scrap the Costa Concordia, so in light of this deal that must be some pretty lucrative scrap bobbing about in the Tyrrhenian Sea.

We blogged about the Costa Concordia disaster on a number of occasions last year. If you click on the Costa Concordia link in the Tags section below, that’ll take you to a page gathering together all of our related infographics. Pretty neat, huh?

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Giant salvage ship to lift Costa Concordia

Giant salvage ship to lift Costa Concordia

Costa Concordia salvage operation – an annotated graphic

September 16, 2013

A little over 18 months since the Costa Concordia cruise ship veered off course, struck the Italian island of Giglio and sank, plans are afoot to salvage the submerged wreck.

An international team of engineers is working on an operation to haul the wreck upright, using a combination of subsea platforms, buoyant caissons and good old-fashioned cables for pulling things. If the attempt succeeds, the 114,000-tonne ship will be towed away for dismantling. Given the size of the cruise ship, there’s an awful lot of money in recyclable materials just sitting out there on the sand, so it’s easy to understand the motivation here.

We blogged about the Costa Concordia disaster on a number of occasions last year. If you click on the Costa Concordia link in the Tags section below, that’ll take you to a page gathering together all of our related infographics. Pretty neat, huh?

Click on the graphic for an expanded view.

Costa Concordia salvage operation

Costa Concordia salvage operation

Costa Concordia disaster impact on the cruise industry – an annotated graphic

July 12, 2012

Casting a look back at the repercussions (ripples?) of the Costa Concordia disaster earlier this year, when the cruise ship sank off the coast of Tuscany, this infographic considers the impact this may have on the cruise ship industry.

With 16 million people embarking on pleasure cruises last year, it’s clearly big business.

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The rise of the cruise ship industry

The rise of the cruise ship industry

 

Costa Concordia image of ship’s bell found by police divers

February 7, 2012

On the E&T home page, in our Big Picture image carousel (halfway down the page, enjoy the scolling) we have a lovely picture showing police divers searching the submerged Costa Concordia wreck and the ship’s bell that they found. Check it out.

Here’s a small preview:

Costa Concordia image: the ship's bell found by police divers

Costa Concordia image: the ship's bell found by police divers

Costa Concordia lifeboats – an annotated graphic

January 27, 2012

As a final reflection on the Costa Concordia disaster, we thought we’d share this graphic about the kind of maritime escape craft to which pleasure-cruising seafarers may unfortunately find themselves obliged to resort.

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Spotlight on escape craft

Spotlight on escape craft

Costa Concordia cruise ship – an annotated graphic #4

January 24, 2012

As recovery and investigation continues aboard and surrounding the stricken Costa Concordia cruise ship, we look today at the approach taken by the salvage operation.

Dutch salvage experts SMIT plans to use “hot tapping” technology to remove close to 2,500 tonnes of heavy fuel oil from the vessel, along with other oils and lubricants on board. This graphic describes the process.

You may also like to read E&T’s news story on a review of cruise line safety, prompted by the Costa Concordia disaster.

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Salvage hot-tapping process

Salvage hot-tapping process

 

Costa Concordia cruise ship – an annotated graphic #3

January 23, 2012

In the wake (no pun intended) of the Costa Concordia sinking, it has transpired that cruise operator Costa Cruises has had something of a chequered history, its corporate safety record leaving something to be desired. Safety, mostly.

You may also like to read E&T’s news story on a review of cruise line safety, prompted by the Costa Concordia disaster.

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Costa Cruises accident history

Costa Cruises accident history

Costa Concordia cruise ship – an annotated graphic #2

January 19, 2012

In the wake of the Costa Concordia cruise ship disaster, the usual questions, facts and reported hearsay have emerged. Apparently, the captain was navigating by eye, not by the ship’s instruments, and was sailing close to the island as a salute to a former colleague. Most importantly, of course, a number of passengers died as a result of the vessel capsizing.

This graphic details the timeline from the Concordia departing port to it striking the island of Giglio and capsizing. Total elapsed time: three hours.

You may also like to read E&T’s news story on a review of cruise line safety, prompted by the Costa Concordia disaster.

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Costa Concordia timeline

Costa Concordia timeline

Costa Concordia cruise ship – an annotated graphic

January 18, 2012

The Costa Concordia is the largest vessel of its kind to sink, considerably larger than that most famous of sunken ships, the Titanic. This graphic illustrates quite how large it is, with a nifty comparison to the Statue of Liberty. Now, your correspondent has seen the Statue of Liberty up close and I can tell you that she’s no diminutive icon: she a big lady. The Costa Concordia must have been a whopper.

Personally, the concept of cruise ships has never appealed to me much and with this unfortunate business of running aground and capsizing uppermost in our minds at present, it’s become even less attractive a proposition, no matter how many bars, casinos or fitness centres a ship may have on board.

You may also like to read E&T’s news story on a review of cruise line safety, prompted by the Costa Concordia disaster.

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Costa Concordia factfile

Costa Concordia factfile


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