What happens to the Costa Concordia?
January 16, 2012 8:17 AM   Subscribe

The Costa Concordia; what happens next? How will the ship be removed? Rescue efforts were suspended indefinitely on Monday after the stricken cruise liner slipped on its rocky resting place and settled farther into the water, according to the firefighters heading the operation... Mr. Foschi also said the vessel was carrying 2,300 tons of fuel but there were no signs of leakage so far.
posted by R. Mutt to Travel & Transportation (9 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Best answer: Wired article on ship salvage
posted by :-) at 8:30 AM on January 16, 2012

This situation reminds me of the SS Normandie which was eventually salvaged (at great expense) but then scraped. Given no fire on the Costa Concordia, the scenario as described by Burhanistan will probably occur.
posted by Rash at 9:36 AM on January 16, 2012

The Italian news articles I've been reading suggest that a) search and rescue efforts resumed this morning and will continue until further notice (but will be suspended at night, I assume now the chance of finding survivors alive is less than the chance of rescuers getting hurt in the dark) and b) that there are already plans being developed to lift up the vessel via balloons and float it to port (?) for dismantling and also c) there is great concern over potential fuel leakage.
posted by lydhre at 9:51 AM on January 16, 2012

Best answer: A similar question was asked two days ago: can the Costa Concordia be refloated? Might have some useful ideas for you.
posted by LobsterMitten at 10:04 AM on January 16, 2012

Pump out the fuel and other toxics; seal the hole; start pumping out and try to right the ship (the trickiest part); tow it to salvage.
posted by introp at 10:05 AM on January 16, 2012

Well, one thing that probably can't happen is a salvage barge, the way that the USS Cole was brought home. The largest such semi-submersible ship is the Gavea Lifter and its deck is too short for the Concordia. On the other hand, the Concordia was built in Genoa, so it's a short 120 nm or so from the drydock where it will likely be rebuilt. The interior will need to be gutted, and I expect it will be given a new name, as well, since passengers won't be keen to reboard a jinxed ship.

Of course, legal proceedings may determine the outcome one way or another. If the Captain was indeed negligent, for instance, the insurance might have some payout limitations.
posted by dhartung at 2:59 PM on January 16, 2012

plans being developed to lift up the vessel via balloons and float it to port (?)

[citation needed]
posted by exphysicist345 at 3:36 PM on January 16, 2012

Full-page graphic on the various salvage strategies (available, not necessarily officially discussed).
posted by dhartung at 11:52 PM on January 17, 2012

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