Costa Concordia has completed its final journey to the port where it will be dismantled and recycled, two-and-a-half years after it hit rocks and sank.
The 115,000-tonne wreckage travelled over 300-kilometres at a speed of two knots per hour from the Tuscan island Giglio to northern Italy’s Genoa. The trip took over four days to complete, as a convoy of 10 ships monitored the hull for any oil leakage.
Italy’s Prime Minister Matteo Renzi flew to the scrapyard to watch as the ship was fixed into place just outside Genoa’s main harbour.
“This isn’t a day for showing off or creating a spectacle, but it’s a mark of gratitude from the prime minister for getting something done which everyone said would be impossible,” the Buenos Aires Herald reported him as saying to journalists.
Italy’s environmental minister Gian Luca Galletti praised the ship’s owners, Costa Cruises, for completing the salvage operations with technical success.
“Costa Cruises has done their work and they’ve done it very seriously as it was their responsibility to do because they were responsible for the disaster,” he explained.
Responding to previous concerns expressed by France about potential oil spillage during the ship’s final journey, he added: “There hasn’t been any problem at all. They should have a bit more confidence in Italians.”
See the ship arrive in Genoa in the video below.
What’s next for the Concordia?
Now that the wreckage is in Genoa, it will begin the two-year scrapping process.
Passenger luggage and personal items still on board will be removed before labourers dismantle the ship.
According to news site 13Fox, 80 percent of the Concordia will be recycled or reused. These include repairable items such as plumbing pipes, kitchens, plastic room fittings and copper wiring.
The 50,000-tonnes of steel will be melted down and sold to companies that will use it to make cars, beams and maybe other ships.
The total salvage operation is said to have cost up to $1.5 billion euros. Dismantling and repairing damage to Giglio Island will cost the line $100,000 euros alone.