The Costa Concordia Is Towed to Its Final Resting Place

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  • The Costa Concordia cruise ship capsized off the coast of Italy in early 2012, killing 32 people.
  • The ship has finally been towed to Genoa, where it is set to be scrapped.
  • The ship’s captain at the time of the incident, Francesco Schettino, is serving a 16-year prison sentence.

It has been nearly five years since the Costa Concordia cruise ship capsized off the coast of Italy. Over 30 people lost their lives in the tragedy, including two Americans. As with any event of this magnitude, its reverberations continue long after the incident itself is over.

At the beginning of September the ship, badly rusting after nearly five years neglect, was towed to its final resting place in Genoa, Italy. The ship will reportedly be used for scrap, and experts expect that up to 70% of its materials will be able to be recycled.

When the ship capsized it went down in a pristine aquatic wildlife preserve and the lasting damage from the incident may take years to fully repair. The salvage and scrap operation for the Concordia will reportedly cost upwards of $1.2 billion when it is all said and done.

The captain of the Concordia, Francesco Schettino, was convicted of multiple counts of manslaughter last year, and sentenced to 16 years in prison. He gained notoriety after the sinking of the ship, when it was revealed that he had used the captain’s bridge as a point of social gathering, reportedly entertaining women in this sensitive area.

He was also widely accused of having abandoned ship after an audio recording of his interaction with a coast guard official, recorded in the wake of the ship’s capsizing, was made public. On the recording the official ordered Schettino to return to the ship as all passengers had not yet been accounted for.