#CostaConcordia captain sentenced to 16 years for sinking disaster – an annotated infographic

Coo, where does the time go? Giving it some idle thought, we’d never have guessed that it’s been over three years since the Costa Concordia ferry foolishly veered to the left and hit the Scole rocks off the Tuscan island of Giglio, Italy, promptly listing on to its side and tragically claiming the lives of 32 people in the process. Finally, the trial of the Costa Concordia’s former captain, Francesco Schettino, has concluded and found him guilty. A court in the town of Grosseto found him guilty of multiple manslaughter, causing a shipwreck and abandoning his passengers and crew. The … Continue reading #CostaConcordia captain sentenced to 16 years for sinking disaster – an annotated infographic

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

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. … Continue reading #CostaConcordia cruise ship wreck refloated for scrap – an annotated infographic

#CostaConcordia salvage operation redux – an annotated graphic

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 … Continue reading #CostaConcordia salvage operation redux – an annotated graphic

Costa Concordia salvage operation – an annotated graphic

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 … Continue reading Costa Concordia salvage operation – an annotated graphic

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

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. Click on the graphic for an expanded view.   Continue reading Costa Concordia disaster impact on the cruise industry – an annotated graphic