News

Concordia wreck removal to begin

An unprecedented operation to refloat the doomed Costa Concordia cruise ship is planned to begin next week – two and a half years after it foundered off the Tuscan island of Giglio, salvage coordinators say.

Ship owner Costa Crociere and Italy's civil protection agency said in a statement on Wednesday that the July 14 start date would be based on the weather conditions and a final go-ahead from state environmental authorities.

"The salvage team have confirmed that the Concordia refloating operation is set to go ahead starting on Monday, July 14," the statement said.

It added however that "final confirmation of the start of the refloating operation will not be announced until the day before it actually begins".

The salvage operators also said there would be a no-fly zone and restrictions on shipping in place during the operation, which is expected to last several days.

The prestigious luxury liner struck a group of rocks just off Giglio on the night of January 13, 2012 in a disaster that claimed 32 lives and raised doubts about cruise safety.

The ship's captain, Francesco Schettino, is on trial for manslaughter, causing a shipwreck and abandoning the vessel before the evacuation of all passengers had been completed.

The salvage, which will cost hundreds of millions of euros, is the largest ever attempted for a passenger ship.

Engineers have finished attaching the huge tanks to its sides which will be used to float the wreck, which will be towed to the port of Genoa for scrapping.

The ship was hoisted upright in September.



SEE WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

Comments are closed.

Cruise

Tourists stranded as Europe’s rivers continue to drop

Water levels across Europe’s rivers continue to plague cruise operators with reports of marooned boats on the Doubs River.

Share

CommentComments

Hotels

Midweek Interview

Midweek catch-up with Italian hotelier Gai Quartucci

This week, we sat down with Gai Quartucci, global sales and marketing director for part of the Small Luxury Hotels of the world group.

Share

CommentComments

Travel Agents

Malaysia Airlines launches free trip incentive for agents

This incentive is like a buy one, get one free, except instead of buying something, you’ve got to sell airfares… which is likely your job anyway so win-win.

Share

CommentComments

Hotels

Ennismore to bring four new lifestyle hotels to NZ

Accor’s quirky stepchild is spreading its wings across the Pacific with four new signings in New Zealand.

Share

CommentComments

Events

Missed the Visit USA Expos? Fear not, we’ve got your biggest questions covered.

by sponsored by Visit USA Australia

No more FOMO! These hot tips will get you in top-tip shape to visit the USA.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Jetstar launches Sunny Coast sale with fares cheaper than a tank of petrol

With prices this low, Jetstar will have to steal Bunnings’ famous tagline. Hopefully they’ll start hosting sausage sizzles as well.

Share

CommentComments

Hotels

Hotel Review: La Sultana is an oasis among the chaos of Marrakech

by Nancy Hromin

A peaceful hideaway right in the centre of the Medina’s hustle and bustle, La Sultana is an oasis among the chaos of Marrakech – a chaos we absolutely loved.

Share

CommentComments

News

Aussie travel start-up Ok Away partners with Air Doctor

While it is a cool name, Ok Away also sounds like a good way to end a sentence with someone you wish would leave you alone.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

“It’s a shocking insult”: Qantas slammed for asking execs to work as baggage handlers

The bags on your next flight may be handled by Alan Joyce, which may or may not be a good thing depending on your confidence in his ability to fling around 30 kg bags.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

Travellers warned over bomb threats against Moldova’s international airport

The government’s travel alert website is advising Aussies to reconsider their need to travel to Moldova, which, given the bomb threats, is probably sound advice.

Share

CommentComments

Cruise

Intrepid launches citizen science programs in Antarctica

Believe it or not, there is more than one program about understanding phytoplankton (which are a lot more important than you would think)!

Share

CommentComments

Hotels

IHG celebrates 60 years with big surprises + Tim Tam cake

The brand is celebrating its Diamond anniversary with a series of events and surprises for guests, but honestly, they had us at “Tim Tam”.

Share

CommentComments