Engineers begin attempts to raise sunken ship from reef
Published: Monday, September 16, 2013
Updated: Monday, September 16, 2013 22:09
After lying on its side for 20 months on a Tuscan reef at Giglio Island, engineers were able to detach the Costa Concordia from its watery entanglement in the reef where the sunken cruise ship was once stuck.
Using a system of pulleys and counterweights, engineers applied approximately 6,000 tons of force to move the ship. Three hours into the attempt, engineers on the scene witnessed the ship separate from the granite reef on underwater cameras.
The Costa Concordia capsized on the reef in 2012, killing 32 passengers. The granite pierced a gash into the ship’s hull, which caused a rush of water to enter the ship causing it to tilt. The ship’s captain is currently on trial for alleged manslaughter after he steered the ship too close to Giglio Island.
The ultimate goal is to shift the ship into a vertical position, so it can be towed to shore. The next phase of the shift involves moving the ship onto an artificial seabed made of bags of cement. However, the size of the ship and amount of rusting that has taken place is proving to be a problem during the recovery process. Salvage experts have said the Costa Concordia could prove to be one of the most costly and difficult marine salvages in history.