Salvage crews in Italy succeeded in setting the capsized cruise liner Costa Concordia upright, completing one of the most difficult and expensive wreck recovery projects, which took 20 months after it ran aground off the island of Giglio.
Success of operation
The engineers said that the unprecedented salvage project “reached degree zero, which was our target.”
In a 19-hour operation, the ship was pulled upright by a series of huge jacks, cables, and metal water tanks to roll the ship onto a platform.
The success of the operation was announced in a brief statement by the head of Italy’s Civil Protection Authority Franco Gabrielli, and dozens of locals, who have lived with the wreck for over a year, came out to cheer the salvage crews.
A perfect operation
Months of work lies ahead, determining and repairing damage to the ship, before it can be towed away to be destroyed.
“A perfect operation, I must say,” said Franco Porcellacchia, leader of the technical team for Costa Cruise, the owner of the ship and the one coordinating the operation.”I think the whole team is proud of what they achieved because a lot of people didn’t think it could be done,” said salvage master Nick Sloane.