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Tuesday, September 17, 2013. :   Stricken Italian cruise ship, the Costa Concordia, is set upright in the largest salvage operation of its kind to date.

     The Costa Concordia was a massive cruise ship which ran aground off the coast of Italy in January 2012. The vessel was 290.20 metres long, had a beam of 35.50 metres, and 1500 cabins across thirteen decks. It departed Civitavecchia, Italy at 21:18 local time on 13 January 2012, with over 4000 passengers and crew on board. Shortly afterwards, at 21:45, it hit a rock off Isola del Giglio, after Captain Francesco Schettino ordered an unauthorised deviation from its planned route, steering the vessel close to the island in a salute to the locals. The impact created a 53 metre long gouge in the port side hull along 3 compartments of the engine room, causing the ship to take in water and list to one side. It finally rolling over onto its starboard side, where it lay atop an underwater rocky ledge at a depth of about 20 metres of water, from where it was feared it could sink into deeper water.

Captain Schettino gave the order to evacuate over an hour after the initial incident. Many passengers were able to escape in lifeboats, although this was rendered difficult by the angle of the listing ship. Rescue crews were quickly dispatched, but 300 passengers remained aboard after both the captain and the second master abandoned the vessel. 32 passengers perished, with two not being found until some time after the rescue operations ended. Rescue operations were hampered by the shifting of the vessel several times in the shallow water.

Costa Concordia was officially declared a "constructive total loss" by the insurance company, while Captain Schettino was later charged with failing to describe to maritime authorities the scope of the disaster, and for abandoning incapacitated passengers. In May 2012, the decision was made to salvage the ship, rather than break it up. Around 2200 tonnes of fuel were removed. The parbuckle salvage of the ship was commenced on 16 September 2013. In what was the largest salvage operation of its kind to date, the Costa Concordia was set upright shortly after midnight on 17 September 2013. In July the following year, the vessel was refloated and towed to Genoa, where the dismantling process began.


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Thought For Today
If you are good, you are guided by honesty. People who can't be trusted are destroyed by their own dishonesty.
Proverbs 11:3 (c) GNB
People are tripped up by their own deceit and suffering the consequences. Let honesty be your policy.

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