Costa Cruises has hired the worlds largest transport ships for $30 Million. The contract is with a Dutch salvage company called Royal Boskalis Westminster and they will use a large semi submersible ship to transport the Costa Concordia. The operation is expected to begin in mid 2014.
The Dockwise Vanguard will lift the 114,500 ton Concordia and then submerge under water so the Concordia can float on top and then be transported to a scrapyard which Costa Cruises has not yet chosen.
To transport the ship to a place like India for scrapping may be difficult due to the size of the ship so a possibility is to scrap it in Italy.
The Royal Boskalis company was in fact one of the choices to re-right the ship last month but lost out to a joint operation with Italian and American companies.
The Costa Concordia hit a rock near the Italian Island of Giglio in January 2012 and ended up half underwater on the rocks of the island. Just last month the ship was righted in a Parbuckling operation which was the biggest of it’s kind ever. A search for the two remaining people still missing then started and remains have been found but DNA testing is now underway to confirm.
Let us know what you think of the featured video above which shows the Dockwise Vanguard and the Costa Concordia.