The Italian cruise ship, the Costa Concordia, is being broken up for scrap, on the fifth anniversary of its sinking, which resulted in the deaths of 32 people.
The ship had 4,252 people on board when it hit a rock close to Tuscany. Now, the vessel is being taken apart in the port of Genoa. The huge 144,500 boat is no longer recognisable as the tragic vessel, which was part of Italy’s worst maritime disaster since World War Two.
The boat’s captain, Francesco Schettin has now been jailed for 16 years for manslaughter, after being called Captain Coward because he ran off the vessel before his passengers were safe.
It is understood that 70 per cent of the vessel will be able to be recycled and used for parts. At the time of the accident, startling images showed the craft lit up and sinking, like a scene from the Titanic movie. Life boats could be seen making their way away from the boat, and more than 4,000 people were evacuated safely to the shore.
Salvaging the boat, and now scrapping it, will have cost an estimated £1.2bn, meaning not only was it one of Italy’s worst disasters in terms of loss of life, it has also been the most expensive.
The crash tore open a huge 50 metre hole on the port side of the Concordia’s hull, which mean that the engine room was flooded, power was lost and the ship grounded around 500 metres from the shore, coming to rest on her side in shallow waters. However, an order to leave the boat was not issued until more than an hour following the collision. And, even then, it took more than six hours to try to get everyone off. Of 3229 passengers and 1023 crew who were onboard, 32 people lost their life. However, parts of the ship are now set to be sold off for use on other vessels.