(GENOA, ITALY; July 27, 2014) – Crowley Maritime Corp. subsidiary TITAN Salvage and project partner Micoperi confirmed that the Costa Concordia – the Concordia-class cruise ship that wrecked off Giglio Island, Italy in January 2012 – is safely moored at the Port of Genoa Voltri, Italy, marking the completion of the largest maritime salvage jobs in history.
Towing the disabled ship from the Tuscan Archipelago to the Mediterranean seaport of Genoa was a remarkably delicate task that required a convoy of more than a dozen support vessels, including two tugboats with a combined 24,000 horsepower and 275 tons of bollard pull at the bow for the hull, and two additional auxiliary tugs positioned aft. TITAN Salvage’s Nick Sloane, senior salvage master, and Rich Habib, salvage director, were onboard the Costa to provide around-the-clock, hands-on monitoring of the vessel’s list, ballasting, and speed, among other vitals.
“Our team’s goal was to accomplish the project with safety, ingenuity and detail,” said Chris Peterson, TITAN Salvage vice president. “We truly believe that we have done just that. Over the past two years, every aspect of this project was handled with the utmost professionalism and an inordinate amount of calculation and planning.”
TITAN Salvage will continue working in Italy over the next few months demobilizing equipment and personnel. As for the Costa, a Genoa consortium will soon begin dismantling the 114,000-ton vessel, stripping the ship for scrap metal and recyclable materials.
To learn more about this extraordinary engineering project, please visit www.theparbucklingproject.com website, the official source of all project-related news.
About TITAN Salvage
TITAN, a wholly owned subsidiary of Jacksonville, Fla.-based Crowley Maritime Corporation, is a worldwide marine salvage, emergency response and wreck removal company based in Houston, Texas, that has performed more than 450 salvage and wreck removal projects since 1980, including some of the most technically demanding projects ever undertaken. The company also has offices and equipment depots in the UK, Singapore & Australia. TITAN responds to vessel emergencies around the world and is able to mobilize a worldwide network of expert salvage professionals and specialized, portable equipment within hours of activation. TITAN is accessible 24 hours a day through the company’s main dispatch telephone number, +1-832-850-4150. Additional information about TITAN may be found at www.titansalvage.com.
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