Around 4 am last night, engineers on Giglio Island announced the completion of the first phase of removing the Costa Concordia from the shoreline of Giglio. The ship is now safely resting on a manmade platform just off the coast of the island.
The Parbuckling Project leaders expressed relief now that the crucial process of raising the ship is over. They explained, “The operation completely met our expectations and wishes.”
While the raising of the of the Costa Concordia was one of the most difficult stages, salvage crews have a lot of repair work to take care of before the Costa Concordia can be refloated to the surface of the water. Her raising last night revealed significant damage to her starboard side, which will require extensive repair before the starboard water tanks can be installed. Crews will also have to repair the original damage from the rock that pierced the ship’s hull on January 13, 2012 before she can be refloated.
While still a few months away from being completely removed from the island’s coast, the salvage crews have made a huge step in removing the ship from the coast of Giglio.