It’s going to cost somewhere in the neighborhood of $1 billion, but the Costa Concordia is finally going to get righted, starting today. The luxury cruise liner capsized off the coast of Tuscany in January 2012 after its captain ran the boat too close to the shore, killing 32 people. Here’s how this massive undertaking will be completed:
1. An underwater platform has already been constructed underneath the ship, which is lying on its side on a coral reef. This platform will hold the ship once it’s righted.
2. Divers have placed bags filled with cement throughout the reef upon which the ship rests in order to stabilize it, making the operation easier.
3. The ship will be righted using a method called parbuckling, which essentially means that the ship will be rolled from its current position to an upright position.
4. The crews have placed heavy steel chains all along the underside of the ship. These chains are attached to pulleys that will slowly but surely crank the ship upright.
5. Huge tanks of water have also been placed on the side of the ship that is above the water, which will help the ship to rotate properly.
6. A buoyancy device at the ship’s bow will hold that part of the ship together during the operation, while fishing nets will help to catch the debris that inevitably escapes from the wreck.
7. Crews will also be looking for the bodies of two people that were aboard the ship but are still missing.
8. A second operation will see the ship refloated off the platform and hauled away to be scrapped.
Here’s a video describing the plan in even further detail: