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article imageCompany sought to remove massive Costa Concordia from Giglio

By Marcus Hondro     Feb 4, 2012 in World
An update of the Costa Concordia disaster has the company that operated the ship, Costa Cruises, announcing it has asked 10 specialist companies to submit tenders on removing the massive cruise liner.
“Costa Cruises is also working with the utmost commitment and speed on the plan to remove the ship itself, fully aware this is a priority to protect the environment on Giglio and the island’s tourism,” a Feb. 2 company statement said. “Costa Cruises has called for tenders from 10 companies throughout the world to present a working plan to entirely remove the hull of the Costa Concordia.”
Costa Concordia on rocks of Giglio
The ship continues to lie on the rocks off the island of Giglio in the Tuscan Bay. Smit Salvage, a Dutch company contracted to remove 2,300 tonnes of heavy fuel and 200 tonnes of diesel oil was to begin doing so Jan. 28 but a week of bad weather has prevented them. There have been 17 bodies recovered and 15 people missing and presumed drowned.
A statement on the Costa Cruises website reads: "As articulated in a letter to Costa Concordia Emergency Commissioner Franco Gabrielli, Costa Cruises has invited 10 companies to present proposals for the removal of Costa Concordia’s hull. The invitation to bid was sent to the world’s leading salvage companies that are capable of performing the work in the shortest time, while ensuring maximum safety and minimum environmental impact."
Companies being asked to submit a tender include Fukada Salvage and Marine Works Co. Ltd., Nippon Salvage Co. Ltd., Resolve Marine Group Inc. and Smit Salvage. They expect to to be able to award a contract by the end of March.
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