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Concordia operation halfway through first phase

by - Europe Correspondent
People look on as the capsized cruise liner Costa Concordia lies on its side next to Giglio Island Credit: Reuters

The operation to salvage the Costa Concordia is halfway through the first phase and is continuing smoothly.

The shipwrecked ship has now completed 10 degrees of rotation and is totally off the rocks.

The second phase will prove far trickier as this is when the tanks are filled with water to sit on the false seabed.

How the parbuckling process to right the Costa works

The process to right the Costa Concordia is known as parbuckling, a technical term for rotating a sunken vessel back into an upright position.

The operation involves engineers using jacks and steel pulleys to rotate the ship by 65 degrees.

Engineers use jacks and steels pulleys to rotate the ship by 65 degrees.

Hollow metal boxes, which have been welded to the side of the ship, will be filled with water to help bring the Costa Concordia upright.

Once it is upright, engineers hope to attach an equal number of tanks filled with water on the other side to balance the ship.

Hollow metal boxes, which have been welded to the side of the ship, will be filled with water to help bring the Costa Concordia upright.

The ship will eventually rest on a false seabed around 30 metres underwater, made out of a platform and cement-filled sandbags

The ship will eventually rest on a false seabed around 30 metres underwater.

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Giglio islanders watch Costa Concordia salvage attempt

Giglio islanders have turned out to watch the removal of the shipwrecked Costa Concordia from their shoreline, almost two years after it capsized there.

Giglio islanders watch as a team attempt to right the capsized Costa Concordia. Credit: Reuters
The Costa Concordia capsized off the coast of Italy nearly two years ago. Credit: Reuters

Costa Concordia worked free of the rocks

by - Europe Correspondent

Everything going exactly as the engineers expected on the Costa Concordia. No signs of spillage or pollution in the water nearby.

The Costa Concordia has been worked free of the rocks. It is no longer stuck.

There is no sign of either of the bodies still missing on the ship. They are not between the seabed and the hull. It is too early to say that they are not outside the ship.

Robotic cameras will be sending images back in the next few hours and the team hopes they will learn more then on the location of the missing bodies.

Raw beef, fish and cheese trapped onboard the Costa

Experts fear the operation to salvage the stricken Costa Concordia could pollute the water as rotting food and chemicals seep out.

According to the Daily Telegraph, onboard the capsized ship there is:

  • More than 24,000lbs of fish
  • Nearly 5,500lbs of cheese
  • 1,500 gallons of ice cream in tubs
  • 24,000lbs of pasta
  • 2,000lbs of onions
  • More than 2,000 pots of jam
  • Nearly 17,000 tea bags
  • 17,000lbs of raw beef
  • Nearly 11,000 eggs
  • 2,346 hot dog buns
  • 815lbs of rabbit meat
  • More than 1,000 gallons of milk
  • 18,000 bottles of wine
  • 22,000 cans of Coca-Cola
  • 1,000 bottles of extra virgin olive oil
  • 46,000 miniature bottles of spirits

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'It will take time' to see change in Costa position

The Costa Concordia capsized off the coast of Italy nearly two years ago. Credit: RTV

Engineering teams have begun lifting the shipwrecked Costa Concordia but "visually it will take some time" to see any difference.

Sergio Girotto, project manager for the Italian salvage firm Micoperi, said: "The inclination is progressive and of course after each step we'll carry out controls both underwater and via our cameras and we'll monitor the behaviour and the angle of the ship, which should start moving.

"Visually it will take some time before you'll see a difference but nonetheless the operation has started and everything is going well."

Remote control cameras feed images to Costa team

by - Europe Correspondent

All the time remote control cameras are feeding back underwater images to eight TV screens so the 11-strong team in the barge control room can be sure the ship is responding as they expect.

Five TV cameras with five microphones have been placed on the highest deck of the Concordia; the images and sounds will be monitored during the parbuckling so engineers can make adjustments if they think the ship is twisting or straining beneath the weight of the pull on it.

So crucial is the monitoring process that as well as the floating control room a 'salvage room' has been built onshore incase of any breakdown between the Costa and those overseeing the process to right her.

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