More than two and a half years have passed since the cruise ship Costa Concordia met its tragic end on the shore of Tuscany, resulting in the deaths of 32 people, but the salvage work continues on. Despite mounting fears of an ecological disaster due to the precarious placement of the wreckage on the edge of a 120-foot ledge, salvage crews managed to relieve the vessel of all its fuel and oil within three months of the initial crash.
Difficult weather, rough seas, and unpredictable movements of the Costa Concordia have been strong forces working against rescue divers and salvage crews from the beginning, with many searches and salvage operations called off for hours to days in order to ensure the safety of the workers. While the original salvage plan was projected to take seven to ten months, conditions beyond anyone’s control have kept the operations ongoing to present day. The ultimate plan is to refloat and remove the ship whole, where it will later be cut up and sold for scrap. Officials announced last week that the new date of completion would be July 14, 2014.
Italy’s national military police recently released footage of exploration undertaken by salvage divers, offering an eerie look into the wreckage of a cruise liner that should have never ended up the way it did.
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