15 Spectacular Photos Of The Refloated Costa Concordia - 23/07/2014

The Costa Concordia prior to the refloating operation, July 13, 2014. Photo courtesy The Parbuckling Project

The operation to refloat the Costa Concordia shipwreck from the shores of Giglio kicked off on the morning of July 14, 2014, two and a half years after the cruise liner shipwrecked along the small Italian island, killing 32 people. To remove the vessel from the island once and for all, engineers from the salvage consortium Titan-Micoperi slowly pumped air into 30 steel boxes known as sponsons that are secured to either sides of the wreck, providing for the flotation.

The refloating phase was completed when the Costa Concordia reached its required draft of about 18.5 meters sometime on Tuesday, July 22, 2013, nine days after the operation began. The Costa Concordia will now be towed to the port Genoa where it will be demolished and the island will be returned to its original state as though nothing ever happened.

The departure of the Costa Concordia is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 23, 2014, after the arrival of the first ferry from Porto Santo Stefano. The tow itself will be led by the tug MV Blizzard along with the MV Resolve Earl and is expected to take 4 days, with arrival scheduled for Sunday. A convoy of an additional 12 vessels will also accompany the wreck during the tow.

in www.gcaptain.com 23/07/2014

Photos courtesy Italian Civil Defense Department and/or The Parbuckling Project