The tasks to recover the cruise that had an accident in January will begin in May and will last up to one year. A U.S. company and one of Italy will refloat the ship and then take it to an Italian port.
The projects were proposed to the Italian authorities to recover the ship were six, but two were discarded because they anticipated cutting the boat.
It was chosen in the end proposed by the consortium Titan Salvage "because it meets all the requirements of orders: full removal of remains, minimum risk: minimal environmental impact, safeguarding tourism and economic activities on the island of Giglio; maximum security interventions.”
The contract to rescue the ship was won by the U.S. Company Titan Salvage, based in Pompano Beach Florida city, who claims to have conducted more than 350 rescues and removal of stranded ships since 1980, according to its website. The company will work with the Italian firm Micoperi, specializing in construction and marine engineering.
The Costa Concordia, which was traveling with 4,200 people, crashed Jan. 13 struck a reef off the Tuscan island of Giglio. Water recovered from the bodies of 32 people, including those of two Peruvians and Spanish, while another two passengers still missing.
The island of Giglio is in a rich fishing area and is a natural refuge for dolphins. Rescue teams completed the removal of diesel fuel tanks Concordia on March 24. Now they begin the task of refloating and towing the boat, rescue teams and their equipment will have a place in the port of Civitavecchia basis to try to minimize the impact on port activities of Giglio.
Captain Francesco Schettino, who was driving the boat at the time of the wreck remains under investigation, accused of abandoning the ship before all the passengers had left the ship.
The former captain of the Costa Concordia denies any wrongdoing. According Schettino, the rocky area against which clashed not on their charts and, as reported, as close as possible to the coast to "greet" was a common practice in Costa Concordia Company, owner of the cruise, and a request insistent owners.
Other senior officers of the ship and company officials could face prosecution.