I’m not sure what I expected to see when the Costa Concordia was set upright, but a large mangled section came as a bit of a surprise, and the fact that it looked like a bombed and burned-out building. After 20 months of sitting on a reef, the cruise ship is finally sitting upright on the underwater platform looking worse for the wear.
After a day of slowing rotating the ship upright (was it ever slow, check out this time lapse of raising the ship), operators declared the operation a “perfect” success with everything going according to plan and only a few hiccups throughout the day. In the early hours of Tuesday morning, after 19 hours of righting the cruise liner, the ship’s horn blared and people on the shore cheered.
There is obvious structural damage to the submerged side of the structure. The next phase of the plan involves stabilizing the ship, adding sponsons (the large metal containers to be filled with air to help the ship float) to the starboard side, then floating the ship away to be scrapped.
I guarantee that you’ve never seen pictures like this – an upright ship looking almost like Two-Face with a light side and dark side. The sunrise is a nice touch too. Check out the pictures we have in this post of the now upright Costa Concordia. Head back to Newscom to see more pictures of the wrecked cruise ship.
Thousands more pictures will continue to come in today, see the latest pictures as they come in to Newscom here.