Well they're finally getting their act together and getting the Concordia off the reef and intot the breakers yard. Part of me wonders at the expense of it and if they shouldn't just use the money saved by leaving it there to become an artificial reef and clean up the environment and surrounding area.
The Costa Concordia will finally be righted next week in the largest and most expensive maritime salvage operation in history. The
cost of lifting the giant cruise liner, which sank off the coast of
Tuscany in January 2012, off the sea bed, has ballooned to £500million -
a figure that could rise if there are problems, organisers admitted.
The greatest fear for environmentalists is that the ship will break up under the massive force needed to haul it upright. The
Italian Department for the Environment have also highlighted the danger
of pollution as thousands of tonnes of water inside the ship pours out.
ship’s fuel has been removed over months by divers and construction
workers toiling 24 hours a day, but chemicals and toxins from rotting
food and drink remain.
the Regional Environmental Agency of Tuscany, said it ‘will provide a
sampling of the water in the affected area both during the rotation and
in the days to follow, in order to identify the extent, the extension
and duration of pollution.’