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.
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).
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