Concordia hull slowly sinking into sea

2013-07-18 18:47
(Photo: file, AFP)

(Photo: file, AFP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Rome - Reports say underwater explorations have revealed that the shipwrecked Costa Concordia cruise liner is slowly sinking into the sea, complicating efforts to remove it from the coastline of the Italian island of Giglio.

The Concordia hit a reef and ran aground off Giglio on 13 January last year after it was steered dangerously close to the coast, killing 32 of its 4 229 passengers.

Eighteen months on, the vessel is still lying sideways near the island.

It is sinking further because its hull - damaged by the accident and weakened by rust - is collapsing under the weight of the ship.

Owners Costa Crociere recently admitted that removing the Concordia was proving more costly and complicated than anticipated, much to the chagrin of Giglio residents, who regard the wreck as an eyesore and a threat to tourism.

Experts are planning to right the ship in September, inspect the damage to the hidden starboard side and then start work on refloating the hull, before towing it to the mainland for dismantling.

The project might take several months.

Separately, a court in Grosseto, central Italy, admitted new onboard video evidence from the night of the accident.

It happened on the second day of the trial against captain Francesco Schettino, who face multiple charges, including manslaughter, shipwreck and abandoning his vessel.

 


Read more on:    concordia  |  italy  |  travel

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
Traffic
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.