In shipshape

For more than a year, the Costa Concordia cruise ship sat half-submerged off the coast of Italy--a striking reminder of the disaster that befell it on 13 January 2012. That night, 32 people died when the ship capsized, and the captain who fled the scene faces manslaughter charges. This article examines how the project team tasked with recovering the partially sunken ship undertook the world's largest naval salvage project. It overviews the project's planning phase and identifies its three priorities: protecting the environmentally sensitive waters near Giglio, Italy, maintaining safety in the working environment, and completing the removal as quickly as possible without compromising the other two goals. It explains how the salvage team was determined to keep the ship in one piece to respect the three key priorities and details the team's flexible budget. The article describes the parbuckling, noting the risks involved and how the team conducted computer simulations that allowed it to test various responses in
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