It’s hard to believe that it’s been more than two months since the cruise ship Costa Concordia ran aground and capsized just off the shore of a small Italian island. While headlines about the ship dominated the news for several weeks, coverage has decreased. However, we’re still seeing new stories crop up once a week or so about the sunken ship. Two weeks ago Greenpeace warned that chemicals from the wreck were leaking into the sea. Last week thieves managed to get by security systems and patrols to steal the bell. This week, five more bodies were recovered from the wreckage.
I cannot imagine what it would feel like to live in the area near where the ship is partially submerged. After two months, I’d imagine it’s become a still somewhat-jarring part of the scenery. But some of the pictures our partners have captured over the last two months almost make the stranded ship look picturesque.
The saga of the Costa Concordia will still make a few headlines, especially when the trial of captain Frances Schettino comes to a head and once all the fuel has been removed from the ship there will still be the question of how to move it. Right now salvage teams are still negotiating who will move the wreckage, but many sources agree that the ship will be refloated and towed away. It is speculated that the salvage efforts will begin in May 2012 and will continue for about a year. Meaning the Costa Concordia will be a part of Giglio’s coastline for some time.
“Costa Concordia” has been the most-searched for term on Newscom this year to-date and we’ve had many images downloaded related to the stricken cruise liner. A blog post showing pictures from inside the ship and rescue efforts there also recently became the most visited post on our blog.
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