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CRUISE SHIPPING COnCORDIa to be refloated and towed away by June Two years have passed since the Costa Concordia tragedy occurred off the coast of Italy’s Giglio island, killing 32 passengers and thrusting cruise shipping safety into the media spotlight. While ceremonies marked the solemn anniversary, details regarding the progress of the ship’s salvage emerged. The operation, considered to be the most daunting salvage ever attempted on a ship of its size, will see the vessel removed in one piece from the environmentally sensitive waters off Giglio. Months of preparation by Titan-Micoperi Srl, a joint venture bet ween Crowley Maritime’s T itan Salvage, and Italy ’s Micoperi, culminated in the righting of the ship last September. Since being raised, the ship has been resting on the false seabed created beneath it as part of the parbuckling procedure at a depth of 30 meters. Thir ty sponsons will be installed on the ship and filled with water. A pneumatic system will be used to empty the water gradually, providing sufficient buoyancy for floatation. After refloating the ship will be transported to its final port of destination for dismantling and recycling. The matter of what port the ship will be towed to, however, has not been settled. The decision is expected to come by March. According to reports, 12 ports and companies in six different countries are bidding for the contract. Italy’s environment minister Andrea Orlando has reportedly said that the government would prefer “a domestic destination” for the ship’s dismantling. CRUISE SHIP ORDERBOOK THROUgH 2017 (As of January 1, 2014) Cruise Line/Vessel Shipyard GT Lower Berths Est. Delvy Mitsubishi H.I. Mitsubishi H.I. Est. Price* ($ Mil) 125,000 125,000 3,250 3,250 Mar 2015 Mar 2016 $648 $648 Fincantieri 135,000 4,000 Dec 2016 $780 Fincantieri 11,000 260 May 2015 $150 Fincantieri 132,500 3,708 Oct 2014 $792 Fincantieri 99,000 2660 Feb 2016 $520 144,000 163,000 163,000 4,000 4,200 4,200 Jan 2014 Oct 2015 2017 $850 $917 $917 141,000 3,611 Mar 2015 $805 8,700 210 Jun 2014 $90 Fincantieri 139,000 3,560 Apr 2014 $758 Fincantieri 54,000 738 Jun 2016 $450 Meyer Werft Meyer Werft STX France Meyer Werft 167,800 167,800 225,000 167,800 4,100 4,100 5,400 4,100 Oct 2014 May 2015 Jun 2016 Jun 2016 Meyer Werft 150,000 3,364 Oct 2016 $960 STX Finland STX Finland 99,300 99,300 2,500 2,500 May 2014 Apr 2015 $607 $607 Fincantieri Fincantieri Fincantieri Fincantieri 47,000 47,000 48,000 48,000 998 998 944 944 Mar 2015 Jan 2016 late 2016 2017 $365 $365 $365 $365 AIDA Cruises AIDAprima Unnamed Carnival Cruise Lines Carnival Vista Compagnie du Ponant Unnamed Costa Cruises Costa Diedema Holland America Line Unnamed Norwegian Cruise Line Norwegian Getaway Norwegian Escape Norwegian Bliss Meyer Werft Meyer Werft Meyer Werft P&O Cruises Britannia Fincantieri Pearl Seas Cruises Pearl Mist Chesapeake SB Princess Cruises Regal Princess Regent Seven Seas Cruises Seven Seas Explorer Royal Caribbean International Quantum of the Seas Anthem of the Seas Unnamed Unnamed $943 $943 $1,320 $935 Genting Hong Kong (Star Cruises) Unnamed TUI Cruises Mein Schiff 3 Mein Schiff 4 Viking Ocean Cruises Viking Star Unnamed Unnamed Unnamed “ Excludes one ship whose future delivery is uncertain due to a shipyard bankruptcy, “ one from Seabourn Cruise for a 604-passenger vessel from Fincantieri, and one at Xiamen SB for Chinese interests with delivery late in 2018. * Euro-denominated contracts converted to USD at the rate of 1 euro=$1.36 Source: Clarkson Research Services 18 MARINE LOG February 2014

February 2014 Marine Log Magazine

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