Salvage operations on the cruise ship Costa Concordia
which in January crashed off the Italian island of Giglio, off
Tuscany, will begin soon and are expected to yield around
45,000 tonnes of scrap steel.
Owner Costa Cruises recently announced that the tender for the
removal of the ship has been awarded to US firm Titan Salvage
in partnership with Italy's Micoperi.
Salvage and removal of the vessel, which weighs 54,000 tonnes,
will take as long as a year and will cost an estimated
€300 million ($397 million).
Operations are expected to begin in May or early June.
Titan Salvage is a marine salvage and wreck removal company,
part of the Crowley Group, and is a world leader in its field.
Micoperi is a well-known Italian marine contractor with a long
history as a specialist in underwater construction and
The fuel from the Costa Concordia
removed in March.
The next stage of the salvage operation will be particularly
delicate as experts must first secure the 50-metre gash in the
vessel's hull that was created when it struck the rocks.
The salvage team is expected to install four underwater
platforms beneath the ship to support it while it is refloated,
stabilised and towed to an Italian port.