Year in Review: Costa Concordia Update

Costa Concordia

The wreckage of capsized cruise liner Costa Concordia is seen at night at Giglio Island, Italy on June 20, 2012. Salvage crews began preliminary work on preparations to refloat the half-submerged Costa Concordia cruise liner in what is set to be the biggest ever operation of its kind. A barge has moved next to the liner and the ship’s radar has been removed from the upper deck. The swimming pool slide and the large yellow funnel will be taken off in coming weeks.The 290-metre-long (951 feet) cruise liner, operated by Carnival Corp’s Costa Cruises unit, capsized off the Tuscan island of Giglio after hitting rocks on January 13, 2012. At least 30 people died and two are still unaccounted for. The preliminary work has begun before the ship is stabilized, which will happen in the next few months. The refloat and removal of the ship is set to cost at least 300 million and could last about a year. Vandeville Eric/ABACA/Newscom. License it from Newscom.com: abaphotos889185

The tragedy of the Costa Concordia, the cruise ship that ran aground on January 13, 2012, has been one of the biggest stories of 2012. The pictures of the capsized cruise ship, especially from inside Costa Concordia, were dramatic and told terrifying story of the haunting errors made that led to a night of terror for the passengers of the ship.

Currently the latest updates to the Costa Concordia salvage efforts revolve around saving the endangered mussels located in the waters off the Island of Giglio, a new website documenting the removal efforts, and Captain Francesco Shettino – who is still facing manslaughter charges – is promoting his book about the tragedy. Currently, those in charge of the salvage effort plan to refloat the ship and tow it away. As of December, the ship is being stabilized.

According to an engineer working on refloating the ship (called parbuckling), “This is the first time a cruise ship will be salvaged and removed in one piece. It is extremely difficult, a challenge on an engineering level.” This is partially because of the 115,000 tons the Concordia weighs. Some reports estimate that the ship will be removed by May of 2013.

See More: Surreal Pictures from Inside the Costa Concordia

While we’re waiting for another update on the Costa Concordia salvage and removal efforts, check out this collection of images from the past 11 months highlighting the tragedy. From images of the Costa Concordia dominating the coastline, to surreal shots from inside the Costa Concordia, to the famous Costa Concordia satellite images, Newscom has all the pictures to share this story with your readers.

After you’ve check out the images in this post, head back to Newscom to see more images coming in of the Costa Concordia (Editor’s Note: You can see video from our partners also at this link).

Carabinieri police

Divers of the Italian paramilitary Carabinieri police are in the water close to the wrecked ‘Costa Concordia’ cruise ship off the coaft of Giglio Island, Italy, 18 January 2012. A magistrate in Italy has said she ordered the house arrest of the cruise ship’s captain because there exists the risk that he may repeat his ‘criminal conduct,’ media reported on 18 January. MASSIMO PERCOSSI/EPA/Newscom. License it from Newscom.com: epaphotos642156

Costa Concordia is seen surrounded by cranes

The capsized cruise liner Costa Concordia is seen surrounded by cranes during a rescue operation in front of Giglio harbour November 6, 2012. STEFANO RELLANDINI/REUTERS/Newscom. License it from Newscom.com: rtrlfive583235

Laser survey equipment

Laser survey equipment is installed to measure the movements of the wreck of the ‘Costa Concordia’ cruise ship (background) off the coast of Giglio Island, Italy, 29 January 2012. The search for the 16 people who remain missing after the January 13 shipwreck of the Costa Concordia cruise liner off the Italian coast was broken off 29 January due to shifting by the half-sunken ship, reported the Italian news agency Ansa. Instruments showed a shift of three and a half centimetres within six hours, reported the agency. LUCA ZENNARO/EPA/Newscom. License it from Newscom.com: epaphotos271605

Costa Concordia

A helicopter is seen at work above the superstructure of the Costa Concordia, off the Isola del Giglio (Grosseto), Italy, 23 February 2012, lifting a body. According to Italian media the ship’s Captain Francesco Schettino is being prosecuted for failing to describe to maritime authorities the scope of the disaster in addition to being investigated on charges of manslaughter, causing a shipwreck and abandoning ship before all passengers were evacuated. Cruise ship owner Costa Crociere stated on 22 February that seven other employees including three executives, were also under investigation for their role in the 13 January tragedy, in which 32 people are thought to have died. The Costa Concordia ran aground and capsized on 13 January. ENZO RUSSO/EPA/Newscom. License it from Newscom.com: epaphotos303077

Rescue workers climb on the Costa Concordia

Rescue workers climb on the Costa Concordia cruise ship that ran aground off the west coast of Italy, at Giglio island January 16, 2012. Rescue workers searched the half submerged hulk of the capsized Italian cruise ship for 14 people still missing on Monday, more than 48 hours after the huge vessel capsized, killing at least six and injuring more than 60. MAX ROSSI/REUTERS/Newscom. License it from Newscom.com: rtrlfive005292

recovery of bodies inside the Costa Concordia

View of the worksheet for the recovery of bodies inside the Costa Concordia, Isola del Giglio (Grosseto), Italy, 22 February 2012. The Costa Concordia ran aground and capsized on 13 January. Italian officials stated that divers searching the vessel have found four more bodies. ENZO RUSSO/EPA/Newscom. License it from Newscom.com: epaphotos301478

Gruppo Operativo Subacquei

The division Gruppo Operativo Subacquei of the Italian Military Marine inspects for the first time the inside of the stranded cruise ship Costa Concordia in Isola del Giglio on January 15, 2012. Sestini/Newspictures/ABACAUSA.COM/Newscom. License it from Newscom.com: abausaphotos654504

Rescue workers on the Costa Concordia

The division Gruppo Operativo Subacquei of the Italian Military Marine inspects for the first time the inside of the stranded cruise ship Costa Concordia in Isola del Giglio on January 15, 2012. Sestini/Newspictures/ABACAUSA.COM/Newscom. License it from Newscom.com: abausaphotos654486

inside the costa concordia

The division Gruppo Operativo Subacquei of the Italian Military Marine inspects for the first time the inside of the stranded cruise ship Costa Concordia in Isola del Giglio on January 15, 2012. Sestini/Newspictures/ABACAUSA.COM/Newscom. License it from Newscom.com: abausaphotos654509

Vacationists

Vacationists are seen in front of the wreckage of capsized cruise liner Costa Concordia at Giglio Island, Italy on June 20, 2012.Life in the Island of Giglio is becoming normal and busy having a number of tourist from all over the world after the disaster of the cruise ship Costa Concordia. The 290-metre-long (951 feet) cruise liner partly sank on January 12, 2012 with 3,206 passengers and 1,023 crew members on board after hitting a reef off the Italian coast. The nightmare killed thirty two tourists. Interestingly, the tiny vacation island off the Tuscany coast that was little known outside the country is now being considered as one of the most visited tourist destinations in Italy because of the Concordia disaster. Giglio , 1000 permanent residents and 10,000 summer visitors, has to live with the boat this summer . Here people call it ‘the sleeping elephant’. Fortunately all the oil has been safely removed from the Concordia, and there is no trace of pollution in the crystal-clear sea. The refloat and removal of the ship is set to cost at least 0 million and last about a year. The ship’s owner has said guarantees for the local tourist industry and protection of the environment during the salvage operation will be key priorities. Vandeville Eric/ABACA/Newscom. License it from Newscom.com: abausaphotos751122

 satellite image of the Costa Concordia

A Costa Concordia satellite image captured by Digital Globe of the luxury cruise ship that ran aground in the Tuscan waters off of Giglio, Italy on Friday, January 13, 2012. ABACA/Newscom. License it from Newscom.com: abaphotos841887

Costa Concordia cruise ship

The Costa Concordia cruise ship that ran aground off the west coast of Italy is seen at Giglio island January 18, 2012. Divers searching the capsized Italian cruise liner Costa Concordia suspended work on Wednesday after the vast wreck shifted by more than a metre, delaying plans to remove the oil from the liner to prevent a possible environmental disaster. GIAMPIERO SPOSITO/REUTERS/Newscom. License it from Newscom.com: rtrlfive009923

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