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  • CONQUEST MB1 barge arrived at Giglio


    A new sophisticated crane barge has arrived yesterday evening at Giglio Island in order to carry out operations related to the installation of the 19 sponsons to be completed before refloating. It's the “CONQUEST MB1”, an offshore crane barge fitted with a sophisticated rotating/luffing crane and associated automated heel/trim compensation system. The barge is designed on a modular concept, fitted with operational 6 point mooring system  and accommodation module

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  • Meeting with population at Giglio Island


    Work in progress in Giglio Island to reach the objective of the removal of the Concordia wreck as soon as possible, safeguarding the marine ecosystem and the socio-economical life of the Island. Currently there are over 290 technicians at work, and in the next few weeks will reach up to 400. This afternoon, the Commissioner for the Concordia Emergency Franco Gabrielli, the President of the Observatory Maria Sargentini, with the Mayor of Giglio Sergio Ortelli and Costa Crociere

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  • Civil protection department note


    Continue operations to remove the Concordia as soon as possible from Giglio, safeguarding - as always done - the socio-economic life of the island. This is the objective that has been confirmed again today during the meeting of the Consultive Committee with the Observatory, that took place this afternoon in Rome at civil protection headquarters and called by the Commissioner for the Emergency, Franco Gabrielli, with the participation of Costa Crociere representatives. In addit

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  • Ballast Control System components assembling in progress on the wreck


    Ballast Control System components assembling in progress on the wreck

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  • Vertical rotation of S9, forth of the starboard sponsons, completed in Livorno


    Vertical rotation of S9, forth of the starboard sponsons, completed today in Livorno

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  • Removal operations have resumed this morning


    Activities exclude the area involved in last Saturday's fatal accident - 3 meters wide for a depth of 8 meters in correspondence of deck 4 on the starboard side - currently under seizure. Today diving operations have focused on water sampling, removal of debries on portside sponsons, preparation of the supports needed for the installation of two of the 15 starboard sponsons (S3 and S13). In addition, the installation of the electrical-pneumatic systems for the functioning of the sponso

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  • Costa Crociere organizes psychological support for the Titan Micoperi team at Giglio


    Costa Crociere has organized psychological support to the Titan Micoperi dive team members who are deeply shocked by the fatal accident occurred to their Spanish colleague. Two psychologists specialized in post traumatic events from the Spanish association of psychologists have reached Giglio Island today in the first hours of the afternoon. A psychologist from Costa's care team is also supporting the family members of the diver fatally injured yesterday.

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  • Accident occurred during underwater operations in the yard area


    Titan Micoperi is sad to announce that a diver from the Consortium passed away this afternoon after an accident occurred during underwater operations in progress under the wreck. The diver, of spanish nationality, 41 years old, was involved in the operations aimed at preparing the wreck for the installation of the sponsons on the starboard side. Immediately assisted by his 'stand-by diver", he was transferred to the operative headquarter where he was assisted by the medical and paramedic

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  • Vertical rotation of sponson S1, S11 and S10 completed


    The vertical rotation of sponson S12, S11, and S10 - three of the 15 sponsons that will be installed on the starboard side - has been successfully completed in Livorno. In the meantime, at Isola del Giglio 170 technicians are at work to complete preparatory operations to the positioning of the sponsons, currently scheduled to start in April, caretaking and environmental monitoring activities.

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  • Latest s from the Removal project


    The press conference held in Rome oj January 10th,  at the presence of the Commissioner for the Concordia Emergency Franco Gabrielli, the Italian Minister of Environment Andrea Orlando, the CEO of Costa Crociere Michael Thamm and the coordinator of the removal project Franco Porcellacchia, has been the occasion to media on the next important steps of the project.

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  • Press conference January 10


    INVITATION The Concordia Emergency Commissioner and Costa Crociere announce a press conference to present the next phases of the Concordia Removal Project. The conference will take place onFriday January10 at 11.00 am,at Civil Protection Headquarters in Via Vitorchiano 4, Rome. Speakers:Andrea Orlando, Minister of EnvironmentFranco Gabrielli, Government Deputy Commissioner for Concordia EmergencyMichael Tham

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  • Giglio Island - Meeting with population


    A new meeting to the Giglio population took place today at the presence of Maria Sargentini, Chairman of the Observatory, Sergio Ortelli, Mayor of Giglio, and Franco Porcellacchia, coordinator of the Concordia wreck removal project for Costa Crociere. The Concordia is stable: after the minor movements registered in the 15 days following the parbuckling the wreck has settled on the platform and seabed. Since then, the monitoring systems active 24/7 have not indicated any significant m

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  • The parbuckling project - Press note


    Costa Crociere and the Titan Micoperi Consortium inform that the Concordia is stable on the platforms, as confirmed by the results of the constant monitoring activity. Wreck stability is also improved by the additional measures that have been studied in order to prepare the Concordia to face the winter season and that are that are currently close to completion. 28 tubular steel braces have been positioned and connect the wreck through the sponsons to the underwater platforms o

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  • The parbuckling project - Press note


    Titan Micoperi Consortium communicates that early this morning four unauthorized people have been noticed on board the Concordia. They were identified through the surveillance video system as operators of Titan Salvage and notified to local police.   The company has taken immediate action to remove workers from the project. Titan Micoperi underlines how the surveillance system in place has worked effectively, with a rapid individuation of unauthorized personnel a

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  • Winterization operations are progressing at Giglio to prepare the wreck for the winter season.


    Winterization operations are progressing at Giglio to prepare the wreck for the winter season. Percentage of completion of the bracing to connect wreck to platforms has reached 100%. Currently, the total of 8 steel braces have been installed on platform no.1 and no.3 and all 12 on platform no.2. Grouting operations to connect the two sections of the braces are also in progress: works have been completed for platform 2 and will be completed in the next days for the othe

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  • Costa Crociere secures the availability of the Dockwise Vanguard as an option for the Concordia wreck transportation


    Costa Crociere and Dockwise, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) have signed the contract that secures the availability of the Dockwise Vanguard -  the world’s largest semi-submersible ship – as part of the options considered for the removal of the Concordia wreck from Isola del Giglio. Costa Crociere announces that it has reached an agreement with Dutch company Dock

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  • Winterization operations on the wreck have begun


    As the winter season gets closer, works to increase stability of the wreck are in progress at Giglio island. The adverse meteo-marine conditions registered during the past week end, that caused minor movements of the wreck considered by engineers as a physiological settlement of the wreck on the fake seabed, have confirmed the need to move forward with the so-called winterization measures to further stabilize the wreck for the winter making it ready to face the worse possible weather

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  • Civil protection announcement


    Italian Civil Protection announced that human remains have been found by divers from the public order services as part of the search process following the parbuckling operation. DNA testing will be made for confirmation that the remains belong to the two missing victims of the Concordia shipwreck. Search&rescue operations had started on Tuesday after the Titan Micoperi Consortium declared that the water around the wreck were safe.

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  • Parbuckling phase - update on the operations


    4.00 A.M.: The parbuckling operation has been successfully completed. The wreck is now upright and resting safely on the specially built artificial sea bed, at a depth of approximately 30 meters.   2.00 A.M: The vessel has rotated 35 degrees. Everything is going on according to plans. Next update at 4 a.m. 0.00 A.M.: The ship has rotated ap

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    Parbuckling operations of the Costa Concordia will begin tomorrow, Monday 16 September. Based on the weather-marine forecast for the Giglio Island issued by the Central Station of the Department of Civil Protection, in coordination with the Weather Forecast Station for the Tuscany Region at the LAMMA Consortium, Titan/Micoperi Consortium technicians confirm the possibility to go ahead with the operations tomorrow. In fact, the expected values for wind direction and force (inseri

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  • Nota sulla fase di Parbuckling


    The first date useful for the rotation of the Concordia is fixed at six o'clock in the morning of Monday, September 16th. However, weather conditions have to be favorable. The final decision about the beginning of operations will be therefore communicated by 2 pm of the previous day.

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  • Press release by italian civil protection


    The operation to right the ship Costa Concordia (known as “parbuckling”) has been given the go-ahead for this month: this was the outcome of a meeting convened in Rometoday at the headquarters of the Civil Protection Department, by the Emergency Commissioner Franco Gabrielli, and attended by representatives from the Advisory Committee, the Observatory, the Micoperi-Titan Consortium and the cruise line Costa Crociere. Final authorization to proceed with the opera

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  • Blister tanks positioning and installment completed


    Another important step towards the parbuckling operation has been successfully completed: the process of positioning and installment of the two blister tanks on the wreck's bow. The two blister tanks are special sponsons that provide a net buoyancy of about 4,000 tons and will support the bow during the next three phases of the process: the rotation of the wreck into a vertical position (the so called "Parbuckling"); the resting of the wreck on the artificial seabed and the refl

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  • Costa Crociere and Titan Micoperi present progress of operations to Civil Protection and Observatory


    Costa Crociere and Titan-Micoperi representatives presented the progress of removal operations to the Commissioner for the Concordia Emergency Franco Gabrielli, the Observatory for Concordia Removal and the Mayor of Giglio at Civil Protection headquarters in Rome. Costa Crociere is now in the process of completing the technical documentation that will be delivered in the next days to the Observatory to allow the authorities to evaluate the parbuckling project – the vertical rota

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    The engineers of the Titan-Micoperi consortium confirm that the "parbuckling” of the Concordia can be completed by the end of summer 2013, at the beginning of September. Today, the Chief Commissioner for the Costa Concordia shipwreck emergency, Prefect Franco Gabrielli, at the presence of Giglio Mayor Sergio Ortelli, has met the population of the island of Giglio together with the President of the Observatory, Maria Sargentini, Costa Crociere and Titan-Micoperi to provide an upd

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  • Observatory communicates positive data on sea water quality at Giglio


    The water condition in the island of Giglio is good. The people of Giglio received these positive news from the Observatory on the recovery of the Costa Concordia during the last, periodic information meeting on the progress of operations for the removal of the wreck. Such findings are the result of research studies conducted by authoritative study groups composed of Arpat, Ispra and by the Universities of Florence, Pisa, Rome, Cagliari and the Politecnico of Marche. Scientifi

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    In the last few days on Giglio island platform n° 2 has been installed. It is the fifth of 6 subsea platforms that will provide a safe supporting structure for the wreck after it is rotated into a vertical position (“parbuckling”, as this is known). 
The platform, which was built at the Rosetti shipyard in Marina di Ravenna, weighs about 1,000 tons, measures 40m and is 22m in height and is supported by 5 big pillars (almost 2m in diameter) secured to the granite

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  • The parbuckling project - update on recently completed operations


    Below, a list of the main operations recently completed. 438 people currently working at the Giglio's yard Platform 1, 4, 5, 6 positioned Template for platform 3 positioned Grout bags filling activity is continuing, with more than 49% completed Installation of sponson P10 and P11 completed; welding activities in progress The following platforms and vessels are currently involved in operations:

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  • First two portside sponsons installed


    Yesterday, April 17th, the positioning of the first portside sponson (p10) has been succesfully completed. Operations have continued today with installation of the second sponson (p11). Eventually, the sponsons will be welded on the hull of the wreck . At the same time,  drillings for next 10 underwater holes will be undergoing in order to position remaining platforms 2 & 3  Shortly a video featuring the install

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  • (update) Platform no. 1, the biggest, has been positioned


    Work started early this morning on Giglio Island to install platform no. 1, the biggest subsea base which, with the other 5 subsea platforms, will provide a safe supporting structure for the wreck after it is rotated into a vertical position (“parbuckling”, as this is known). At 6 o’clock this morning, the ship Svenja began the approach of barge Micourier with the tug Bucaneer. After cutting the sea fastenings, at about 8.30am work began to position the Svenja’

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  • Meeting of the Observatory with citizens of Giglio. First sea bottom platform installed


    At the periodic meeting of the Observatory with the Giglio community, president Maria Sargentini, accompanied by Costa Crociere managers, Rome La Sapienza University researchers and Titan/Micoperi Consortium experts, updated the local population on recovery operations and described the progress being made on the characterisation of water inside the wreck. During the meeting, it was announced that the first sub-sea platform has already been installed and that the positioning of the sec

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  • Digital kit available for download


    Following the media brief held on Saturday 12 at Giglio Island, Digital press kit are available.  All photographic and video content in this kit is courtesy of project partners Costa Crociere, Titan Micoperi & Università La Sapienza, Rome.

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  • Meeting with Giglio Island population


    The periodic meeting held with the citizens of Giglio Island took place today to communicate and share the state of progress on work to remove the wreck of the Concordia. This regular meeting ensures that the local community receives prompt and transparent information. During the meeting, which was chaired by Observatory President Maria Sargentini, attendees were given an update on the various activities underway, on futur

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  • Concordia wreck: the ship’s funnel will be removed to speed up working for the holdback system


    At Giglio island work continues without respite, day and night, seven days a week, in order to remove the Concordia wreck. Following the completion of the wreck stabilisation phase (at the beginning of November), Titan/Micoperi Consortium is currently working on the starboard area of the wreck to complete the holdback system, installing additional 8 anchor blocks, which will be operating during the parbuckling rotation phase. In order to speed up supporting vessels’ oper

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  • Concordia emergency: Note of The Commissioner


    The Commissioner for the Concordia Emergency, agreed with the Observatory and Costa Crociere, informs that Titan/Micoperi team has properly managed the oil spillage recently appeared close to the wreck, likely due to recent bad sea. The situation is totally under control and, at present, there is no visible leakage from the wreck and no sign of pollution in the surrounding area.On Friday, 2nd, as soon as individuated the leakage, Titan/Micoperi all emergency procedures were put in place

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  • Proseguono i lavori al Giglio: iniziate le attività per preparare il falso fondale, lato mare


    (Only available in italian)Al Giglio, i lavori continuano senza sosta: attualmente sono circa 400 gli addetti, i tecnici e i sommozzatori che operano nel cantiere giorno e notte, 7 giorni su 7, con circa 20 mezzi navali a supporto. Come annunciato, a fine mese di ottobre sarà completato il sistema di stabilizzazione del relitto, con i primi 4 sistemi di ancoraggio collegati e operativi. Proprio in questi giorni, parallelamente, è iniziata una fase molto delicata

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    The Asv Pioneer has arrived at Giglio Island and is now positioned near the wreck of the Costa Concordia. Owned by Scottish group Ferguson Zoom and chartered for six months by the Titan Micoperi Consortium tasked with removing the Concordia, the platform will provide support for work to create a false sea bottom using special grout bags. The 60 double cabins in the platform will provide accommodation for the team of divers who will work day and night to complete work on schedule. The

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  • Hyperbaric assistance provided to a scuba diver


    The Titan-Micoperi divers team provided hyperbaric medical assistance to a scuba diver that had decompression disease after a recreational dive. At 14:13, a rubber tender with 3 men on board approached to the red pier close to the hyperbaric chamber installed by the Titan-Micoperi for hyperbaric emergency response in the work site. Two person on board the tender were screaming for help while the other one was lying down on the deck unconscious. In th

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  • Micoperi 30 sets off for Giglio to begin the next phases of the wreck removal


    Late this afternoon Micoperi 30, one of the largest vessels in the Micoperi fleet, will set sail from the Titan/Micoperi operations base in Ortona for Isola del Giglio, where it will arrive in about 10 days’ time to begin the main stages of the removal operation. Isola del Giglio, 1 August 2012 -Micoperi 30, one of the largest and most important vessels operated by Micoperi (the Italian company awarded the cont

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  • Last rock part removed from the wreck


    Last weekend, the Italo-American Titan/Micoperi Consortium completed the removal of the final section of rock wedged in the gash on the left side of the wreck of the Concordia. The operations, which began about a week ago, have now successfully extracted the entire rock, which weighs a total of almost 100 tons and has been temporarily placed on the pontoon “Vincenzo Cosentino”, for subsequent positioning in a safe and protected area, selected jointly with the competent Authorities

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  • First rock section removed from the wreck


    The Italo-American Titan/Micoperi Consortium has removed the first section of rock, weighing over 20 tonnes, wedged in the hull of the Concordia wreck. Over the coming days the entire rock, weighing a total of about 140 tons, will be removed. Work to secure the ship is proceeding on schedule and this phase should be completed by the end of August.

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  • Costa Concordia: FINCANTIERI awarded to build the sponsons


    The contract provides for the construction in different Fincantieri shipyards of 30 steel watertight boxes, which will be used to right and refloat the vessel. Genoa, July 3, 2012 – As part of the salvage plan to remove the wreck of the Costa Concordia, to be carried out by the Italo-American Titan-Micoperi consortium appointed by Costa Crociere, Fincantieri has been awarded a contract worth tens of millions of euros for the building of the watertight boxes, known as ca

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  • Costa Concordia wreck removal plan presented today in Rome


    With the Costa Concordia Emergency Commissioner in attendance, Costa Crociere and Titan-Micoperi presented their plan to the international press to remove the wreck in one piece by re-floating and towing it away from the site.   Rome, 18 May 2012 – With the Costa Concordia Emergency Commissioner Franco Gabrielli in attendance, Costa Crociere and Italo-American consortium Titan-Micoperi, the winner of the tender tasked with performing the work, today presented their

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  • Costa Concordia wreck removal awarded to Titan Salvage/ Micoperi


    Wreck to be removed in one piece, refloated and towed away Costa Crociere and the Costa Concordia Emergency Commissioner’s Office have announced that the tender for the removal of the ship from Giglio Island has been awarded to Titan Salvage in partnership with the Italian firm Micoperi. The work will begin in early May subject to final approval from the Italian authorities and is expected to take about 12 months.

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