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Shipwrecked Concordia to be removed in June

Costa Concordia Shipwreck To Be Towed Away By June

ROME (AP) - Italian officials say the shipwrecked Costa Concordia will be removed from its watery graveyard off Tuscany in June and taken to a port to be dismantled, the final phase of an unprecedented 600 million-euro ($817 million) salvage effort.

Officials gave the timetable and the rundown of what was needed for the ship to be refloated at a press conference Friday that came just days before the second anniversary of the Jan. 13, 2012, grounding that killed 32 people.

A handful of Italian ports - including Piombino, Genoa, Palermo and Civitavecchia - are bidding to take in the wreck, but there are also international bidders in France, Turkey, Britain and even China.

Italy's environment minister and the head of Costa Crociere say the preference was to keep the project in Italy.

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Don Schnickelfelter January 10 2014 at 12:48 PM

Why not take it to the nearest port?

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Kenneth Don Schnickelfelter January 10 2014 at 1:15 PM

it usually goes to the port of who bought the salvage.they will be the one taking it apart and selling the pieces.

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billsailor January 10 2014 at 9:16 AM

Funny isn't it I contacted the insurance company to give them a better way to save money on this salvage of 817 million. Was I contacted NO-----they spent this money and had to build a structure to upright the ship. Now they have to remove all this extra scrap from the sea. If they had contacted me I could have told them how to remove the ship enviromentaly free and at a faster rate. OH well you can see ---their must have been a lot of hands held out.

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Robert billsailor January 10 2014 at 9:27 AM

They obviously didn't recognize your genius.

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shar Robert January 10 2014 at 9:29 AM

thank you...gave me a chuckle

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carmen1gaga January 10 2014 at 9:04 AM

MMDollarBill can't copy and paste and photocountry can't do a search for what they want to know. i think Scar said it best in Lion King "I'm surrounded by idiots"

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jibvii January 10 2014 at 8:59 AM

He just got back from a 8 Night 9 day Cruises

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GateMasterSavage January 11 2014 at 12:13 AM

A phenominal engineering feat to right that pile of junk.

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frank1946 January 11 2014 at 12:14 AM

Insurance Syndicate on Costa Concordia still hurting.

Amazing work and task to accomplish !

Salvage of this scale and size a great engineering Feat.

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poolies January 10 2014 at 4:30 PM

The ship now has a new name...."Costa Plenty"

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rickpv8945 January 10 2014 at 5:29 PM

The term "capsize" was used in the video presentations.
In no way did the ship capsize.
Sink, yes, founder yes, but in no way capsize.
If you want a description of capsize, think Poseiden Adventure.

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debbie8327 January 10 2014 at 8:39 AM

I have been on 9 cruises including several on Carnival. I can honestly say I have never had a bad time. I have enjoyed wonderful service and great food. don't judge all cruises by one you may not have had it go as you thought it would.

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epenjones January 10 2014 at 11:07 AM

An amazing engineering effort by Titan Salvage. I personally thought the ship would come apart before they got it righted and floated. maybe it still will, during the tow to the selected port.??

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