Removal of the Costa Concordia: What's The Parbuckling Project?

The cover photograph on my facebook page is a Reuters photo of the capsized Costa Concordia.  A number of people have said that they were tired of the photo and asked me when I plan to change the photo?    

I'll admit that I'm tired of seeing the Concordia lying on its side at the port of Giglio. But probably not as tired as the people in Giglio who have to see this stricken cruise ship every morning when they wake up and look out their windows.

I said that I'll change the photo when Costa finally tows the sunken monster out of Giglio port and takes it to a scrap yard.  

Some people didn't realize that the cruise ship has not moved since the fateful night of January 13th. Others asked how Costa planned to remove the ship.

Which brings us to the "Parbuckling Project," a/k/a the Concordia wreck removal project. 

Costa plans to float the cruise ship into a vertical position and then float the ship and tow it away. "Parbuckling" is the technical term for the process of rotation of the wreck to a vertical position.  Not as simple as it sounds, but that's the plan. 

In partnership with Titan / Micoperi, Costa has created a website which explains and illustrates the removal plans. You can see some interesting diagrams and photos which will be updated as the project progresses. 

 

Credit: Noticias de Cruceros