Allianz and Afloat - Supporting Irish Boating

Ireland's sailing, boating & maritime magazine

Costa Concordia Salvage Plan Has '90% Chance' Of Success

15th September 2013
Costa Concordia Salvage Plan Has '90% Chance' Of Success

#CostaConcordia - The salvage master charged with righting the ill-fated cruise liner Costa Concordia has spoken of the risks involved in the task.

Still lying in her side on the Italian coast off Tuscany after grounding in the shallows on the night of 13 January 2012, the Costa Concordia is set to be lifted from the water by a specialised team headed by Captain Nick Sloan.

According to The Irish Times, their job goes by the name of the Parbuckling Project, and involves tying a sort of sling around the vessel using cables in order to raise her from the sea bed - a delicate operation due to the size of the vessel, and its resting place among jagged rocks.

Speaking candidly with The Guardian after a press conference in Rome on Thursday to discuss the operation scheduled for this coming week, South African salvage expert Capt Sloan said there is a "90% plus" chance the plan will work.

"The more we found out about the ship the more scared we got," he added, referring to the major clean-up operation in and around the shipwreck in the 18 months following the tragedy that claimed 32 lives and saw thousands of passengers - including an Irish couple - brought to safety in a major rescue operation.

Francesco Schettino, the Italian captain of the Costa Concordia, will face trial on charges of manslaughter and causing the loss of his ship after failing to reach a plea deal with prosecutors.

Published in Cruise Liners
MacDara Conroy

About The Author

MacDara Conroy

Email The Author

MacDara Conroy is a contributor covering all things on the water, from boating and wildlife to science and business

We've got a favour to ask

More people are reading than ever thanks to the power of the internet but we're in stormy seas because advertising revenues across the media are falling fast. Unlike many news sites, we haven’t put up a paywall because we want to keep our marine journalism open. is Ireland's only full–time marine journalism team and it takes time, money and hard work to produce our content.

So you can see why we need to ask for your help.

If everyone chipped in, we can enhance our coverage and our future would be more secure. You can help us through a small donation. Thank you.

Direct Donation to Afloat button

Featured Sailing School

INSS sidebutton

Featured Clubs

dbsc mainbutton
Howth Yacht Club
Kinsale Yacht Club
National Yacht Club
Royal Cork Yacht Club
Royal Irish Yacht club
Royal Saint George Yacht Club

Featured Brokers

leinster sidebutton

Featured Associations

isora sidebutton

Featured Webcams

Featured Events 2021

vdlr21 sidebutton

Featured Sailmakers

northsails sidebutton
uksails sidebutton
quantum sidebutton
watson sidebutton

Featured Chandleries

CHMarine Afloat logo
osm sidebutton

Featured Marinas

dlmarina sidebutton

Featured Blogs

W M Nixon - Sailing on Saturday
podcast sidebutton
mansfield sidebutton
BSB sidebutton
wavelengths sidebutton

Please show your support for Afloat by donating