Costa Concordia

Costa Concordia
Costa Concordia in Palma, Majorca, Spain.JPG
Costa Concordia in Majorca, Spain on 28 September 2011
Name:Costa Concordia
Owner:Costa Crociere
Operator:Costa Crociere
Port of registry:Genoa, Italy
Route:Western Mediterranean
Ordered:19 January 2004
Builder:Fincantieri Sestri Ponente, Italy
Cost:450 million (£372 million, US$570 million)
Yard number:6122
Launched:2 September 2005 (2005-09-02)
Christened:7 July 2006[1]
Acquired:29 June 2006
Maiden voyage:14 July 2006
In service:July 2006
Out of service:13 January 2012
Fate:Capsized and sank in 2012 off Isola del Giglio, Tuscany. Salvaged in 2015 and subsequently scrapped.
Status:Scrapped in Genoa, Italy
General characteristics [2]
Class and type:Concordia-class cruise ship
Tonnage:114,147 GT
Beam:35.50 m (116 ft 6 in)
Draught:8.20 m (26 ft 11 in)
Depth:14.18 m (46 ft 6 in)
Installed power:
  • 6 × Wärtsilä 12V46C
  • 76,640 kW (102,780 hp) (combined)
  • 19.6 knots (36 km/h; 23 mph) (service)
  • 23 knots (43 km/h; 26 mph) (maximum)
Capacity:3780 passengers

Costa Concordia (Italian pronunciation: [ˈkɔsta konˈkɔrdja]) was a Concordia-class cruise ship built in 2004 by the 's Sestri Ponente yards in Italy and operated from 2005 until 2012 by Costa Crociere (a subsidiary of Carnival Corporation). It was wrecked off the coast of Isola del Giglio in Italy on 13 January 2012 due to a collision with a submerged rock; the ship capsized hours later and was subsequently declared a total loss. The ship's captain Francesco Schettino was found guilty of manslaughter; causing a maritime accident and abandoning ship.[3] The wreck was salvaged and then towed to the port of Genoa where scrapping operations began.[4] The name Concordia was intended to express the wish for "continuing harmony, unity, and peace between European nations."[5]

Costa Concordia was the first of the Concordia-class cruise ships, followed by similar ships Costa Serena, Costa Pacifica, Costa Favolosa and Costa Fascinosa, and Carnival Splendor built for Carnival Cruise Lines. When the 114,137 gross tonnage (GT) Costa Concordia and its sister ships entered service, they were among the largest ships built in Italy until the construction of the 130,000 GT Dream-class cruise ships.

On 13 January 2012 at 21:45, Costa Concordia struck a rock in the Tyrrhenian Sea just off the eastern shore of Isola del Giglio. This tore open a 50 m (160 ft) gash on the port side of her hull, which soon flooded parts of the engine room, cutting power from the engines and ship services. With water flooding in and the ship listing, she drifted back towards the island and grounded near shore, then rolled onto her starboard side, lying in an unsteady position on a rocky underwater ledge. The evacuation of Costa Concordia took over six hours and of the 3,229 passengers and 1,023 crew known to have been aboard, 32 died.

Concept and construction

Costa Concordia in Piraeus, Greece on 30 November 2006

Costa Concordia was ordered in 2004 by Carnival Corporation from Fincantieri and built in the Sestri Ponente yard in Genoa,[6] as yard number 6122.[7] At the vessel's launch at Sestri Ponente on 2 September 2005,[8] the champagne bottle, released by model Eva Herzigová, failed to break when swung against the hull the first time, an inauspicious omen in maritime superstition.[9] The ship was delivered to Costa on 30 June 2006.[10] It cost 450 million (£372 million, US$570 million) to build.[11]

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