This Monday, July 14, operations will begin to refloat Costa Concordia – the most complex and expensive maritime recovery operation in history – and Cruise Critic will be there, reporting live.
Cruise Critic’s U.K. Editor, Adam Coulter, will be on the island of Giglio throughout the refloat – posting news stories, tweeting live, taking pictures and answering your questions throughout the week.
And all of this will be accessible in one place: Cruise Critic Live from today.
It’s been more than two and a half years since the ship hit rocks off the tiny island of Giglio, with the loss of 32 lives.
In September it was raised from the rocks to an upright position in an operation known as “parbuckling.” Since then, a total of 30 sponsons – or giant floats – have been installed to both sides of the ship.
Then last week, after much discussion, the Italian government finally gave the all-clear to start the refloat, and tow the ship to Genoa.
The estimated weeklong operation will see the ship gradually raised by pumping seawater out of the 30 sponsons. Once these are fully emptied of seawater the ship will have a draft of about 18.5 meters, it will then be attached to tugs and towed to Genoa for dismantling.
Follow us live from Giglio from Monday and post your questions now here.
*Read all of Cruise Critic’s coverage of Costa Concordia.