AMSTERDAM Oct 10 Dutch marine salvage company
Royal Boskalis Westminster won a 30 million dollar
contract to remove the wrecked cruise ship Costa Concordia from
the waters around the Italian island of Giglio, the company said
Following the successful righting of the gigantic floating
hotel last month, Boskalis will load the 114,500-tonne liner
onto its vessel, the Dockwise Vanguard, the world's largest lift
ship, which will then take the liner away to be scrapped.
The Vanguard will take on water into its ballast tanks,
allowing it to sink beneath the water line. Then, the Concordia
will be manoeuvred to float above the lift ship, which will be
refloated, now with the Concordia aboard.
"The Concordia can be loaded as a whole onto the Dockwise
Vanguard and safely transported to a location where she can be
scrapped," the company said in a statement.
The company said its client, cruise ship operator Costa
Cruises, had not yet decided on where the scrapping would take
place, but said the removal operation would take place around
"Alternatives under review include scrapping the vessel in
Italy," the company said.
Another Boskalis subsidiary, SMIT Salvage, provided
emergency response services immediately after the accident in
January 2012, which killed 32 of the 4,000 aboard. But Boskalis
lost the main salvage contract to a rival U.S.-Italian
(Reporting By Thomas Escritt; editing by Stephen Nisbet)