Parbucking the Costa Concordia
December , 2013
Global Diving & Salvage, Inc. was contracted by Titan / Maricopa, JV to assist with the largest salvage project (by weight) in history, the salvaging of the Costa Concordia which ran aground off Isola del Giglio, Italy. The initial phase of the project required ‘righting’ the vessel which lay on its starboard side. Divers from 26 countries were brought in to prepare the vessel for parbuckling, moving from its side to sitting onto its keel.
Global provided a 12 man dive team working round the clock to place grout bags used to fill the area between the naturally sloping shore and the platform upon which the ship was rolled. Over 30,000 cubic yards of concrete was pumped into hundreds of bags. Global divers logged just under 1,900 dives over the course of the project. Global personnel appreciated the historic aspect of this salvage. David DeVilbiss, Global V.P. of Casualty Response, states, “I think everyone was pleased and honored to be part of this project.”
More information on the process can be found at The Parbuckling Project.
12/16/13: (Professional Mariner Magazine)