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Six Plans Submitted for Removal of Costa Concordia

March 9, 2012 By: Susan Young


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Costa Cruises ( said six plans have been submitted by suppliers to remove the hull of Costa Concordia from its rocky perch near Giglio, Italy.

Of the 10 salvage companies asked to bid on the contract, three opted not to bid due to previous commitments. In addition, two have joined forces to present a joint project, Costa said in a statement.

Details about the process were discussed at a meeting in Rome on March 6 attended by Pier Luigi Foschi, chairman and CEO of Costa Crociere S.p.A., and Prefetto Franco Gabrielli, head of the Civil Protection Department and managing commissioner for the Costa Concordia shipwreck.

Costa said the six plans involve different approaches and techniques. It also said in the statement that "they all share a focus on ensuring the least possible environmental impact and protecting tourism and business activities on the Island of Giglio with maximum safety."

Given the complexity and extraordinary nature of the operation, Costa projects the project will take at least 10 to 12 months to complete, although the timing for each project varies in duration.

Technical assessments of the six plans are already under way and a short list will be drawn up by mid-March. Costa said the final decision will be made public in late March or early April.

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Susan Young
A veteran of 100-plus cruises, Susan J. Young, is senior contributing editor for cruises – covering ocean, river and niche cruises for Travel Agent and

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By Susan Young | March 9, 2012
The selected salvage plan will be announced by mid-March or early April and final removal of the ship could take 10-12 months, the line said.
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