Costa Concordia now fully afloat

The Costa Concordia shipwreck has reached its final towing draft, thus completing the refloating phase of the largest maritime salvage in history.

An update from the project’s website yesterday said that technicians had lowered the last starboard sponson (S14) into place, bring the vessel vessel its towing draft of about 18 meters, and work was in progress to complete the last operations before the towing operation.

The departure of the Costa Concordia is scheduled to kick off at 8:30 a.m. today. Arrival at Genoa is tentatively scheduled for Sunday, four days later.

Currently, welding is in progress to position the bollards needed for the arrival of the ship once it reaches port in Genoa.

The refloating operation began last Monday and was carried out in several, slow moving stages.