Monday, February 1, 2016

Inside Costa Concordia cruise ship

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It all started on the evening of January 13th, 2012. The Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia, carrying 4,252 people on its first leg of a Mediterranean cruise, struck an underwater rock while sailing too close to Isola del Giglio island, off the coast of Italy. The ship started capsizing and an evacuation effort began with the assistance of locals as well as the Italian Air Force. While most people made it to shore safely, 32 passengers and crew died during the disaster.

In the following months, one of the largest and most expensive (its total cost reached $1.2 billion) salvage operations ever commenced, aiming to refloat and remove the half-sunk cruise ship. Using huge sponsons attached to its sides as well as an underwater steel platform, Costa Concordia took an upright position on September 2013 and was finally refloated in July 2014. The ship was finally towed to the port of Genoa where it was moored against a wharf that had been specially prepared to receive the vessel for dismantling. This operation is expected to last several years. 

Since 2014 only a handful of photos from the interior of Consta Concordia have been published, mainly by the Italian Carabinieri. Last year, German photographer Jonathan Danko Kielkowski swam 200 metres to the ship and jumped on board for a photoshoot. In his photos we see that much of the ship's furniture and equipment remain on board. Among them, luggage, wheelchairs, prams and other personal belongings of passengers who abandoned the ship on that January night four years ago.

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  1. I suppose that some photos shows either "adjusted" places or just other ships... after all the time the ship was inclined, they are simply physicalli impossible.

    1. Not the whole cruise ship was underwater. Part of the ship remained above water. I think it's obvious from the photos which areas were underwater and which weren't.

    2. Underwater or not is not the problem. Inclination is (and the ship stayed a long time inclined). And some photos shows things that are going against any physical laws (it means that they have been adjusted just for the photographer or that he photographed another ship).

    3. Objects inside ships are very often pinned on surfuces so they won't move/fall during rough seas. Not you're fault if you're clueless about that.
      Second of all, since it was moved to Genoa the ship is a working space. The dismantling is supposed to last several years. Obviously objects will be moved many times during these operations.
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  2. (omg, my first comment after years of lurking xD) Love the post! I've been looking for these pictures for ages! (very curious to see how the ship looked on the inside xD)

    PS: I think that @Marco refers about the fact that all the items were supposed to be on just one side of the ship, because it lied on one of its side for a long period. Everything must have rolled away XD Like in the picture of what looks like the bar of a pool: the two jars couldn't just stand there considering the position of the ship XDDDD Probably, people who worked on the wreck, moved the stuff for cleaning their path. ;-)

    Anyway, love the picture *__*. Love the blog *___* Thanks for it! ^_^

    1. Thanks for your comment Sara! Objects inside cruise ships are often pinned on surfuces. That way they don't fall over during rough seas. Also don't forget that there are people working inside that ship. They installed electricity and lighting, cleaned some areas and started dismantling the cruise ship. These photos are from different times and photographers, some newer and some older.


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