BY | September 17, 2013

Costa Concordia operation live stream is being seen across the world. Salvage progress fruitful (video) as the ship is almost upright by now.

Though it was not Titanic. But if we can think of Titanic what comes in front of us is nothing more grand than this. Yes Costa Concordia was almost a Titanic for us and when it was brought to the shore people were so much enthused by its size, grandeur and beauty that it was almost immediately sold off.

Till the incident happened, Costa Concordia never actually faced issue like unsold inventories and lack of interest among the travelers. Even at a time when the economy was down and ht world was suffering from downturn, then too Costa Concordia was running in full capacity and people were ready to pay higher prices for travelling on this huge cruse liner that was quarter a kilometer big. It was simply awesome.

The Costa Concordia cruise liner, that sank off the coast of the Italian island of Giglio more than 20 months ago, was being raised from its watery bed. The operation was conducted on Monday and attracted quite a large coverage.

This is the biggest operation of its kind ever attempted. The ship carrying more than 4,000 passengers and crew capsized on January 13, 2012. About 32 people died and the body of two among them was not found.

Among the 4,000 aboard the doomed ship was Luciano Castro, a 49-year-old journalist. He said, “Naturally, I think of those people who didn’t make it and especially for those two families who are still waiting to find the remains of their loved ones. They must still be under the keel of the Concordia and I hope after this finally they will have a grave they can cry over.”

The work was delayed for three hours due to a storm. The salvage crews started the “parbuckling” operation at 9.00 a.m. by mid afternoon the ship had been lifted completely off the rocky sea-bed it had been lying on.

Looking at the dirty brown water-marked side of the ship, Franco Porcellacchia, leader of Costa Cruise’s technical team, told the media, “At this point we’re around half way through the first phase. It’s all happening very slowly but very carefully and safely.” The operation took about 12 hours

The salvage operation is one of its kind and is a tightly coordinated engineering feat. It is estimated to cost more than 600 million euros ($795 million) – the most expensive maritime wreck recovery ever. The insurance loss is calculated to be of more than $1.1 billion. Since over a year the  multinational team of 500 salvage engineers had been working on Giglio coast preparing for the lifting operation.

Owing to the high profile media coverage and a lone incident on the Giglio coast, locals had been taking close interest in the operation. Giancarlo Farni, who said he was one of the first rescuers on the scene, said: “I saw it sink and now I want to see it brought upright and taken away.”

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