The sunken Costa Concordia cruise ship will take approximately 10 – 12 months to salvage according to authorities. This means that the ship will continue to sit in the pristine marine habitat off the Italian island of Giglio for the remainder of the year.
Though a salvage contract has not yet been awarded, 6 companies have submitted bids for the salvage job, including Dutch firm Boskalis, which suggested that attempting to salvage the ship in one piece would cost “well over” $130 million.
The ship sank on January 13, 2012 after the captain, Francesco Schettino, piloted the ship too close to shore while attempting to perform a “salute.” The ship struck underwater rocks, tearing a large hole into the ship, which eventually partially sank.
Costa Cruise Lines, which is owned by Carnival Cruise Lines of Miami, Florida, is facing several wrongful death and personal injury lawsuits, in both the United States and Italy, as a result of the cruise ship accident.
30 bodies have been recovered in the wreckage of the ship, while 2 people remain missing.
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