Concordia’s final voyage

The wreck of the Costa Concordia has begun its last voyage, as salvors tow the cruiseship to Genoa for shipbreaking.

Crowley Maritime, parent of Titan Salvage, says the vessel is moving at a speed of two knots as part of a convoy of 10 other vessels. Titan is working with Italy’s Micoperi on the effort.

“The project is the largest and one of the most technically complex maritime salvage jobs ever completed,” Jacksonville, Florida-based Crowley said.

The stricken 3,780-berth Costa Concordia (built 2006) has been visible off Giglio Island since it grounded and capsized in January 2012, killing 32 people. The vessel operated in the fleet of Carnival Corp's Costa Crociere.

The vessel was refloated last week.

For its 322-kilometre journey to the port of Genoa Voltri, two 24,000-bhp tugs are at the vessel’s bow while another two auxiliary tugs are positioned aft.

Crane, marine biologists in convoy

Also in the convoy are a pontoon with a 200-tonne crane and other vessels carrying personnel and equipment. One of the vessels includes a team of marine biologists watching out for mammals, Crowley said.

Titan senior salvage master Nick Sloane and salvage director Rich Habib are onboard the cruiseship around the clock to monitor the vessel’s list, ballast and speed.

Once in Genoa, the vessel will be berthed and transferred to the custody of a consortium set up to scrap the ship.

The vessel is predicted to arrive on Saturday or Sunday.

vcsPRAsset_1153620_121720_764874e1-18d5-4331-b00f-e637a2a3b92f_0.jpg The Costa Concordia begins its journey to Genoa.