Costa Concordia Salvage Operation

  1. RonL

    RonL 907
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    An operation, that in my opinion, is a once in a lifetime event. A few links that might be of interest to anyone not aware of the methods of seeing such a monumental task as it progresses.

    http://www.giglionews.it/2010022440919/webcam/isola-del-giglio/webcam-giglio-porto-panoramica.html

    http://www.theparbucklingproject.com/page.php?page=progetto

    http://gcaptain.com/costa-concordia-salvage-crews-install-largest-subsea-platform/

    I'm sure there are many more and maybe more informative, these have been satisfactory to my level of interest .
    The web cam is time lapsed and less enjoyable, but has provided some interesting viewing.

    The rotation (parbuckling) should take place in the first part of September 2013, I'm hoping there will be some more cams in operation with different view angles, but have not found anything that might suggest that possibility.

    Anyone having more information, feel free to post it.

    Thanks
     
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  3. Borg

    Borg 1,286
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    Parbuckling date is getting closer. It should be interesting to see what happens. Hopefully the ship stays in one piece and is righted successfully.

    Here's a link to various Concordia salvage cams. http://costaconcordiawebcams.com/
     
  4. Borg

    Borg 1,286
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  5. Borek

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    Reuters was the only one I was able to connect to.
     
  6. Borg

    Borg 1,286
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    I can't to connect to the other one anymore either. The Reuters link is the best one anyway with so many views and sound. I feel like I'm watching history being made. Very fascinating.
     
  7. Borek

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    They started a press conference, but it is held in Italian.
     
  8. Borg

    Borg 1,286
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    Now hearing an English translation but hard to understand with the Italian at the same volumn.
     
  9. Borg

    Borg 1,286
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    The live Reuters link has ended but it shows a time lapse of the parbuckling operation.

    More Costa Concordia Parbuckling Hi-Res Pictures

    Next up is the preparation for attaching the starboard sponsons. From the looks of it, the starboard side looks pretty good except for one area. Looks like they'll have their work cut out for them on that section.

    Correction: Other pictures in the Hi-Res link above show a similar, smaller dent near the rear. All of the angles are bad so it's hard to say how bad that area is.

    [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Sep 17, 2013
  10. berkeman

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    Holy Smokes!
     
  11. russ_watters

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    Very cool operation. Quick question for someone paying more attention than me:
    I thought they were scrapping it?
     
  12. russ_watters

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    Speaking of smokes; no stacks!
     
  13. berkeman

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    Yep, that's what I read down in the body of the 3rd linked article in the OP...
     
  14. SteamKing

    SteamKing 9,894
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    The vessel will ultimately be scrapped, just not at this location. The parbuckling is only one phase of the total salvage effort. The vessel now must be refloated so it can be towed to the site where scrapping will occur.
     
  15. rollingstein

    rollingstein 621
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    What's all those vertical silo-like tanks on the barge in the photo up in this thread?

    Bottom right of the photo.
     
  16. rollingstein

    rollingstein 621
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    It's an impressive engineering operation, no doubt.

    But from an economic perspective, is 500 million Euro worth putting into this? What were the ecological downside estimates. After all, most of the fuel tanks were pumped near-dry. And this wasn't a toxic cargo or oil tanker.

    Couldn't they have just let it have a watery grave and monitored for leaks and decontaminated whatever they could on-site?
     
  17. Borg

    Borg 1,286
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    The next phase is to attach floatation devices (sponsons) to the starboard side that was resting in the water for the last 20 months. They do not want to scrap it in place because of the debris that would end up in the water - the ship is currently sitting above an important marine sanctuary. The port side sponsons are already installed and currently filled with water as part of the parbuckling operation and preparation for refloating. Once the starboard sponsons are installed, both sides will be pumped out and the ship will be refloated and towed to a drydock for scrapping as SteamKing stated.
    The funnel was removed in December.
     
    Last edited: Sep 18, 2013
  18. Borg

    Borg 1,286
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    That ship is the ASV Pioneer. It is a support ship that is housing salvage personnel and equipment. The tanks are for various purposes such as fresh water, diesel, sewage, etc.
     
  19. Borg

    Borg 1,286
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    Even though the fuel was removed, there is still a lot of hazardous material remaining onboard throughout the ship.
     
  20. Borg

    Borg 1,286
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    A final goodbye.

    [​IMG]
     
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