If you have read this blog before you know that I have been keenly interested and following the Costa Concordia disaster since the beginning, January 2012 – an insanely crazy disaster of a lifetime. A Dutch salvage firm, Royal Boskalis NV was just awarded a $30 million contract to remove the Costa Concordia. Royal Boskalis NV plans to remove the Costa Concordia next summer by use of their giant ship, the Dockwise Vanguard, normally used for transporting oil platforms.
The largest semi-submersible ship in the world, the Dockwise Vanguard has a flat deck that is 275 metres by 70 metres and is designed to carry extremely heavy and large loads. It is an amazing thing to observe! It fills ballast tanks with water and operates while sitting below water level. When the ballast tanks are flooded, the ship deck submerges below the surface, allowing her to handle deep draught cargoes. Once the Dockwise Vanguard is semi-submersed, the floating Concordia will be brought in position above the deck and as the ballast tanks are emptied, the entire ship, including the Costa Concordia, is brought above the water line, allowing her to transport the cargo in a safe and swift manner. Amazing!
Once the Concordia is loaded as a whole onto the Dockwise Vanguard and safely transported to a location, she will be scrapped. Costa Cruises has not yet decided whether the liner will be demolished in a port in Italy or taken to a foreign port. The removal operation is expected to take place around mid-2014.
To truly understand the magnitude of this operation, please watch the video that details how this amazing ship works. For me it was so mind-boggling! http://www.dockwise.com/vanguard/