The tragedy that is the capsized liner the Costa Concordia remains on the shores of the Italian island of Giglio and is not being ignored. Crews work to refloat the ship and tow it to a port for salvaging and tourists visit daily.
The Mail Online in the U.K. reported on Aug. 28 that "thousands are queuing up each day to catch a ferry that passes within metres of its submerged shell." They not only take trips to Giglio and from there go out to get closer to the Costa Concordia, but the curious can also go over on boats from the nearby port of Santo Stefano.
For as little as 10 British pounds, about 15 U.S. dollars, you can take a tourist boat from Santo Stefano on a 15 kilometer trip to the ship, capsized about 300 metres off shore.
Refloating the Costa Concordia
Two companies, Titan Salvage of the U.S. and Micoperi of Italy, are working to refloat the boat. Once back floating the Costa Concordia will be towed to a port and scrapped. For a time the two companies said they would have the ship out of there by the end of January but have recently revised that to the Spring. The operation is expected to cost about $300 million.
On Jan. 13 the ship went too close to shore and hit a reef, partially sinking. Of more than 4200 passengers and crew onboard, 32 died; 30 of the bodies have been recovered. Francesco Schettino, the captain of the ship, faces multiple charges and awaits his trial confined to his home and the small town he lives in near Naples. No trial date has yet been set.