Costa Concordia, the ship which tragically capsized on the Italian island of Giglio in January 2012 now looks completely different. What was the 114,100 gross tons is now being dismantled step by step in Genoa, Italy. Ship Recycling is reporting 200 technicians are now working on the wreckage and are currently cutting decks 5 to 3. Interior fittings are also being removed on decks 2 and 1, the removal of fittings are almost complete. Soon the Costa Concordia will be stripped down to deck 0.
Workers are gradually removing the sponsons as the wreck gets lighter. The third sponson (S3) is to be removed over the coming weeks with more over the months. The project site at Ship Recycling has some of the latest photos of the dismantling which you can view below:
Once all the sponsons are removed from the port and starboard side of Concordia the remaining hull will be transferred to dry dock for further dismantling. Sealing of deck 0 will also commence to guarantee buoyancy to the hull and keep it watertight. The Concordia doesn’t even look like a cruise ship anymore and a big difference before the tragic event occurred.
The project for dismantling Concordia is expected to last 22 months with different phases being operated. After the parbuckling process to upright the ship In September 2013 the Concordia was then salvaged, refloated and finally towed to Genoa where it arrived in July, 2014.