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Costa Concordia Raises the Costa Funnel

The construction of the Costa Concordia, Costa Crociere’s new flagship, that will become the largest Italian passenger vessel when it enters service in July 2006, marks yet another important milestone at the Fincantieri shipyards in Sestri Ponente (Genoa). Yesterday, the shipyard raised the vessel’s distinctive yellow funnel with the blue “C”, the symbol that identifies all ships operated by Costa Crociere, the Italian cruise company leader in Europe. The launch for the new flagship is scheduled for 2 September 2005, when the dry-dock where the vessel is currently under construction will be flooded and the hull of the Costa Concordia will touch the sea for the first time. This will be followed by the fitting-out activities, which are expected to be completed in about 10 months.

Bridge Installed on Costa Concordia

Work is proceeding apace at Fincantieri's Genoa Sestri Ponente shipyard on the construction of Costa Crociere's new flagship Costa Concordia, which will be Italy's largest cruise ship when she enters into service in July 2006. The latest news was announced with the assemblage on board of a block of the ship - 17 metres long by 43 metres wide by 8.5 metres high and weighing in at 190 tonnes – that included the whole bridge. Given the substantial size of the relevant building block the operation took about 2 hours. The bridge was lifted off the ground to a height of around 30 metres by a powerful crane, which then positioned it in the forebody of the vessel.

'Costa Concordia' Salvage Caisson Contract for Fincantieri

As part of the salvage plan to remove the wreck of the Costa Concordia, to be carried out by the Italo-American Titan-Micoperi consortium appointed by Costa Crociere, Fincantieri has been awarded a contract worth tens of millions of euros for the building of the watertight boxes, known as caissons, to be used in the operation to refloat the ship. A total of 30 steel caissons, with combined weight of approximately 11,500 tonnes, will be built in different Fincantieri shipyards. The Costa Concordia salvage plan entails the use of these caissons in order to right and refloat the wreck so that it can be removed in one piece. A system of hydraulic 'strand-jacks' fixed to an underwater platform will be used in conjunction with the caissons to right the vessel.

Costa Concordia Salvage – Structural Integrity Key Says Expert

Photo credit Wiki CCL 'Rhongher'

For more than 30 years, Resolve Marine Group has conducted hundreds of seafaring salvage and ship wreck removal operations. His company has responded to ship collisions, vessel fires and disabled, capsized and sunken vessels. Among Resolve's historic headline missions is the oil spill cleanup operation following BP Deep Water Horizon catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 and its recovery of the aircraft and human remains at the Value Jet Flight 592 crash site in the Florida Everglades.

IMO Sec-Gen Urges Concordia Enquiry to Reach Conclusion

In his opening address to the IMO's Maritime Safety Committee's 91st Session Mr. Koji Sekimizu pushes for publication of Costa Concordia accident report. "As the loss of the Costa Concordia amply demonstrated, those affected are quick to call for action. The international nature of the passengers and crew – with some 70 nationalities involved in the Costa Concordia incident – highlighted the need for an international response, through IMO, to take the appropriate and necessary action in evaluating, developing, and implementing any provisions that might be recommended and needed, following consideration of the outcome of the casualty investigation and any other relevant information.

Godmother Chosen for Costa Concordia

Supermodel Eva Herzigova will be the godmother of the Costa Concordia, the new flagship of the Costa fleet, which will be christened on July 7 in the Port of Rome (Civitavecchia) under the patronage of the Latium Regional Administration, the Provincial Administration of Rome, the Municipality of Rome and AltaRoma. Costa Concordia, the largest cruise ship flying the Italian flag (112,000 gt and total guest capacity of 3,780), is set to become another Italian Made symbol: it was built in the historic Italian Fincantieri shipyards in Sestri Ponente (Genoa), while its interiors have been decorated by some of Italy’s leading designers and feature works by top Italian artists.

Costa Concordia – USCG Assists Investigation

Photo credit: Wikipedia CCL Rvongher

U.S. Coast Guard is helping Italian authorities investigate the Costa Concordia disaster.   Vice Admiral Brian Salerno told a House Committee the USCG is also on guard against safety violations on foreign flagged vessels that use U.S. ports. Salerno said after the Costa Concordia incident, the Coast Guard immediately offered technical expertise and support to the Government of Italy's marine casualty investigation.  He added that the Coast Guard's expertise in marine casualty investigations will prove helpful as the investigation into the disaster moves forward.

Costa Serena Takes Shape in Italy

Costa Crociere announced the name of its new ship, which will join the fleet in May 2007. The ship was named Costa Serena during a ceremony of the laying of the first building block for the ship in the dock at Fincantieri’s Sestri Ponente shipyards in Genoa. This first block, an aft section, measures 55.7 ft. (17 m) long and 72 ft. (22 m) wide, weighing around 500 tons. Like sister ship Costa Concordia, which is currently under construction at Sestri Ponente and is due for delivery in July 2006, Costa Serena will be Italy’s largest cruise ship: 112,000 gt, 951 ft. (290 m) long with 1500 cabins for 3780 passengers. Costa Crociere has invested more than $1 billion on the building of the Costa Serena and Costa Concordia.

Costa Concordia Salvage: Day 1 Timeline

Salvor aboard Costa Concordia Day 1: Photo Parbuckling Project

The first day of the refloating operation of the Costa Concordia has concluded successfully. Confirming technician’s estimations, the wreck is now afloat thanks to the buoyancy given by sponsons, 2.2 meters off the false sea bed, and  has been towed for about 30 meters eastwards. Timeline comes from the salvors' 'The Parbuckling Project'. 6.00 am: (Monday) The Costa Concordia refloating operations started as the Senior Salvage Master, Nick Sloane, reached the Remote Operations Center located on the Concordia with the rest of the team.

Dutch Crane Barge Assists Concordia Refloat

Dutch crane barge Conquest MB1 assists salvage operations for the refloat of Costa Concordia (Photo courtesy of Conquest Offshore)

Costa Concordia floats again; Dutch Crane barge Conquest MB1 stays around for assistance. The disaster cruise ship Costa Concordia floats again, and Dutch company Conquest Offshore reported that the work of its Conquest MB1 crane ship and her crew is almost done. In cooperation with a large group of international companies, Conquest Offshore has in the recent months helped to install the sponsons used to refloat the Costa Concordia. The salvage of the Costa Concordia had a number of alternatives.

U.S. Congress to Hold Meeting on Cruise Ship Safety

Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee Chairman Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ)

Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman John L. Mica (R-FL) announced the Committee will conduct a hearing to review cruise ship safety in light of the recent Costa Concordia incident in the Mediterranean Sea. “The Costa Concordia tragedy is a wakeup call for the United States and international maritime organizations to carefully review and make certain we have in place all appropriate standards to ensure passengers’ safety on cruise ships,” Mica said. “In general, cruise travel is a safe form of transportation and an important jobs provider for the nation’s economy.

Maritime Industry, Marine Insurance, Difficult Year Ahead Says Willis

After an inauspicious start, 2012 will be another difficult and uncertain year for the maritime industry faced with the aftermath of the Costa Concordia, further problems in the Euro zone, pirate attacks and increased sanctions, according to the latist Willis Marine Market Review  (part of Willis Group Holdings, the global insurance broker). The latest report reveals the Hull market is in a state of flux following the Costa Concordia disaster in January. Some underwriters in the London insurance market, which will bear the majority of the estimated USD 500m hull claim, are adamantly refusing premium reductions or even flat renewals. However, unaffected underwriters in the Far East and Scandinavia are more open to negotiations.

Costa Execs, Captain, Blamed in 'Concordia' Report

Experts state in a leaked pre-trial report that the cruise giant failed to act in 'Costa Concordia' accident. Europe’s biggest cruise operator Costa Crociere may have failed to act promptly in the Costa Concordia disaster, according to a pre-trial report that still heaped much of the blame on the ship’s captain. The report, which was leaked in the Italian press on Thursday, was commissioned by the judge investigating the tragedy which claimed 32 lives when the giant ship with 4,229 people on board hit rocks on January 13, 2012, reports the 'South China Morning Post' via Agence France-Presse in Rome. Nine people are under investigation for the shipwreck off the island of Giglio, including captain Francesco Schettino and three Costa executives.  

Carnival Reiterates Commitment to Victims

Costa Cruises and Carnival Corporation & plc Reiterate Commitment to Support Costa Concordia Passengers and Crew. Costa Cruise Lines and its parent company, Carnival Corporation & plc, today confirmed their commitment to provide full support to those passengers, crew and families of the victims of the Costa Concordia grounding. "I give my personal assurance that we will take care of each and every one of our guests, crew and their families affected by this tragic event. Our company was founded on this principle and it will remain our focus," said Micky Arison, chairman and CEO of Carnival Corporation & plc. In this spirit, Costa has been arranging lodging and transportation for affected passengers and crew members to return home.

Carnival Cruise Ship Briefly Arrested in Lawsuit Case

U.S. marshals briefly seized 'Carnival Triumph' in Galveston in $10 million legal dispute over Consta Concordia disaster victim's claim. The Carnival Triumph was seized for several hours at its port in Galveston, where it was scheduled to leave with 2,700 passengers. Both sides said they reached a confidential deal that released the ship in time to leave for its five-day cruise to Mexico, according to 'The Washington Post'. An arrest warrant was issued  for the MS Carnival Triumph, the 2,758-passenger cruise liner based in Galveston, owned by the same company that owns the Costa Concordia, the  cruise ship that ran aground off the coast of central Italy in January killing some 30 people. U.S.

Costa Salvage Update: Removal Plans on Hold

Costa Concordia: Image Titan Micoperi

Work to remove the wreck of the 'Costa Concordia' cruise liner from Italy's Giglio Island was suspended on Wednesday as a decision has not been made on where the vessel will be taken to be demolished, reports Xinhua, citing local reports. In addition, according to Costa Crociere & Titan Micoperi, the Observatory has yet to give permission for the installation of 18 sponsons still to be positioned. Italian officials had previously said the Costa Concordia, which has been lying on its side since Jan.

Carnival Corporation & plc Statement Regarding Costa Concordia

This January 14th statement is from Carnival Corporation & plc in Miami, FL. Carnival Corporation & plc is the parent company of Costa Cruises. On January 13, 2012, Costa Cruises' vessel, the Costa Concordia, departed from Civitavecchia, Italy with approximately 3,200 passengers and 1,000 crew members on a seven-day voyage. At approximately 10:00pm CET, the vessel struck rock off the coast of Isola del Giglio, Italy and sustained significant damage causing the ship to list severely. The order was given to abandon ship and deploy the lifeboats. Tragically, there are reports of some deaths and injuries. This is a terrible tragedy and we are deeply saddened.

Costa Concordia to be Piggy-backed Away

Costa Concordia transportation: Artist's impression courtesy of Boskalis

Dockwise, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) has been awarded the contract to load and transport the lifted 'Costa Concordia' wreck from Isola del Giglio onboard the 'Dockwise Vanguard'. The contract was awarded by Costa Crociere S.p.A. In a unique operation the Costa Concordia can be loaded as a whole onto the Dockwise Vanguard and safely transported to a location where she can be scrapped. The client has yet to make a decision in agreement with the local authorities on the final destination. Alternatives under review include scrapping the vessel in Italy.

Concordia Disaster to Cost Owners More than $2b

Photo courtesy of the Parbuckling Project

The Costa Concordia disaster, when the cruise liner capsized off Italy more than two years ago, will likely end up costing the ship's owners just over $2 billion (1.5 billion euros), a company executive told a German newspaper. "So far, our costs are at 1 billion euros. But that does not include 100 million for the ship to be broken up for scrap and the cost of repairing damage to Giglio island," Michael Thamm, chief executive of Costa Crociere - a unit of Carnival Corp and operator of the ship - told weekly Bild am Sonntag.

U.S. Coast Guard Participates in Costa Concordia Investigation

The U.S. Coast Guard, joined by the National Transportation Safety Board, will be part of an Italian-led marine casualty investigation into the January 2012 grounding and partial sinking of the cruise ship Costa Concordia off the coast of Italy. The incident left 32 people dead, including two Americans. Evidence, timeline, analysis, conclusion(s), recommendations and a draft report are to be formalized over the next few months of the investigation. The Coast Guard places the highest priority on the safety of passenger vessels, including those domestic and foreign vessels that embark passengers in the United States and embark U.S. passengers world-wide, ensuring they are in compliance with applicable international and domestic safety standards.

Costa Concordia – All fuel oil removed

Costa Concoria: Photo credit Boskalis

SMIT Salvage successfully completed its assignment on the removal of fuel from the Costa Concordia. Over the last couple of days, the SMIT Salvage diving team was transferring HFO from the last settling tank in the engine room. Early this morning, the last tanks were completed, closed and sealed off. The entire oil removal process which lasted just over one month went smoothly and was executed in line with expectations. Most of the diving and pumping equipment will be demobilized and brought back to Livorno onboard of the crane/work barge Meloria.

Entertainers Sue Cruise Ship Owners for US$ 200-million

Attorneys file a lawsuit on behalf of four on-board musician victims of the Costa Concordia shipwreck A $US200 million ($A199.45 million) lawsuit has been filed in New York federal court on behalf of four Hungarian musicians and dancers aboard the Costa Concordia cruise ship that capsized off the coast of Italy in January, reports Sky News Australia. The lawsuit filed says the ensemble lost one of their members during the accident. Violinist Sandor Feher drowned while trying to help children put on life jackets. The lawsuit says the performers are unable to work after suffering physical and emotional injuries. Another lawsuit filed in Miami is seeking more than $US500 million in damages on behalf of dozens of plaintiffs.    

Costa Concordia Used For Mafia Drug Smuggling

Image:  Costa Concordia cruise ship

The doomed Costa Concordia was carrying a huge shipment of Mafia-owned cocaine when it set off on its final voyage, AP reports quoting investigators who have collected evidence. Authorities have collected phone and tape recordings that show the ‘Ndrangheta Calabrian criminal organization was behind the smuggling. 'Ndrangheta had its drugs hidden aboard the huge cruise ship that partially capsized in January 2012 with the loss of 32 lives, evidences have revealed. "The same ship that made us a laughing stock around the world…

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