Genoa chosen for Concordia’s dismantling

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Captain Francesco Schettino arrives for a briefing prior to boarding the wreck of the Costa Concordia cruise ship, just off the coast of Giglio Island, on February 27, 2014. Picture: Andrew Medichini

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The Costa Concordia cruise ship - which ran aground near the island of Giglio more than two years ago - will be taken to the north-western Italian port of Genoa for dismantling in July, according to a media report on Friday.

Italian business newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore said the decision was taken on Wednesday in a meeting at the Genoa headquarters of the ship's owners, Costa Crociere, a subsidiary of US-based Carnival Group.

The company was not available for comment.

The daily said a date had also been set for the artificial refloating of the Concordia, which would allow it to be towed away from Giglio.

That date was reported as July 20, though there were warnings that weather conditions or technical problems may cause slight delays.

Genoa is about 280km away from Giglio.

The choice was expected to please the Italian government, which did not want the lucrative dismantling contract to go to a foreign port. A location in Turkey - as well as other ports in Italy - had been shortlisted, and was a cheaper, but riskier, option.

The Concordia was shipwrecked on January 13, 2012. It hit a reef and partially capsized after being steered dangerously close to Giglio, in an accident that killed 32 of the 4 229 people who were on board. - Sapa-dpa


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