The company that owns the Costa Concordia, Costa Cruises, has put up a website detailing the progress of the salvage operation. The ship sank off the shore of the Italian island of Giglio on Jan. 13 and is being refloated.
Costa Cruises has put up the website along with Titan Salvage, the American company who, with the Italian company Micoperi, are refloating the ship. It's viewable at theparbucklingproject.com.
The word parbuckling is being used to describe what the companies are doing to the ship, raising it up so that it can be refloated and towed away to a port for scrapping. The website uses illustrations to show the world exactly how, in steps, Titan Salvage and Micoperi intend to anchor the ship and place caissons underneath it and, ultimately, raise it up. The process is well underway and they hope to have the ship refloated by the Spring.
The Costa Concordia listed over after hitting a reef when the captain, Francesco Schettino, took it to close to shore (he denies being at the controls, though audio tapes suggest he was). The 114,000 gross tonnes ship listed over and most of it has been lying submerged since the tragedy. Thirty-two passengers and crew members died with two bodies yet to be recovered. Schettino has been charged with manslaughter, causing a shipwreck and abandoning his ship.
Prorama Films: The Last Salute
There is another website devoted to the ship called The Last Salute. It features information and images on the ship from Dutch filmmaker, Bo de Visser, the head Prorama Films. Prorama is making a time-lapse movie on the Costa Concordia's removal and has a camera set up on the shores of the island. Their website initially broadcast the scene from the ship around the clock with a live feed but closed it down when they were forced to move that camera's location to a less desirable spot.
The Costa Cruises parbuckling website says that it is a "Concordia wreck removal project information website" and that it will update information as the project moves along.