The unprecedented project to remove the half-submerged, side-sleeping, 100 million-pound Costa Concordia will be documented on a just-launched micro-site. TheParbucklingProject.com provides the most complete and compelling picture yet — via photo, video, 3D animations, words — of the process of floating the ship and tugging it away to be dismantled.
The site was created by Costa Cruises in partnership with the Italian-American consortium overseeing the work, Florida-based salvage specialist Titan Salvage and Italian marine contractor Micoperi.
Phase 1 of 5, which has been completed, involved stabilizing the ship to prevent further slippage down the sloped seabed on which it rests. This was achieved by an anchoring system made up of four anchor blocks fixed to the sea bottom between ship and shore. Two cables are attached to each block — a total of eight cables, each consisting of 18 smaller cables. They are anchored to the strand jacks that are welded to the left side of the wreck.
Strand jack? Those uninitiated with maritime construction terms will find a handy glossary.
Info on associated companies, environmental regulators and feasibility surveys is also housed on the site, which is translated in English and Italian (though there are some Italian-only elements).
As to the funky moniker, the “Parbuckling Project” is not a great name for a 1960’s psychedelic band, as Costa PR man Buck Banks quipped. The term refers to the process of rotating the wreck into an upright position — one of the most complex and crucial phases of the removal plan.
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