08 September 2012
Concordia – CIMA comes to the wreck’s aid
08 September 2012
The Americans company Titan Salvage chooses the carpentry firm from Piacenza to deal with the complex removal of the hull.

Apart from English, the salvage of Costa Concordia will also speak Italian with the local accent spoken in Piacenza. The task appointed to the American company Titan Salvage also involves Piacenza, where Cima S.p.A. is based. Cima S.p.A. together with the Italian company Micoperi from Ravenna, will be responsible of removing the ship’s huge metal, sunken body. A wreck weighting 114 thousand tons, overlooking the shores of the Giglio Island.
For more than 40 years, Cima S.p.A. has been operating in the areas of medium-heavy carpentry and semi-calendared equipment and produces manufactured goods for the cement, food, chemistry and oil & gas industry.
For the removal of the Costa Concordia, Cima S.p.A. will implement carpentry structures, which will be fixed to the seabed, near the wrecked ship. A project, whose the total cost will amount to more than US$ 300 million.
It involves injecting cement deep into the rocks, under the wreck, in order to build the structures that will allow the removal of the ship. But there is no much time: Costa Concordia will have to be removed by spring. The works, that have to be approved by the Italian authorities, are expected to begin in May and to last 12 months.
The ship, which departed from the harbor in Civitavecchia, with 4.229 people on board (3.216 passengers and 1.013 crew members), was on its first leg of a cruise to the harbors of Savona, Marseille, Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca, Cagliari and Palermo, and then back to Civitavecchia. But in the waters of the Giglio Island, the ship hit a rock causing a 70-meter wide leak on the left of the hull. The impact caused the abrupt interruption of the cruise, and the stranding on the rocks causing the death of 32 people. Its captain, Francesco Schettino, is under investigation at the Public Prosecutor’s Office in Grosseto.

Abstract of the article published in Libertà - September 8, 2012