Where Is the Cruise Ship Concordia Now?

By Alice Nichols

On the night of 13 January 2012, the Costa Concordia cruise ship ran aground off the island of Giglio, Italy. The accident resulted in the deaths of 32 passengers and crew members, and left the ship lying partially submerged on its side.

Since then, there have been many attempts to salvage and remove the wreck from its location. But due to its size (it is nearly twice as long as the Titanic) and its precarious position on a rocky seabed, it has been a difficult process.

In April 2013 it was announced that an international consortium had been chosen to lead the salvage operation. This consortium was made up of Titan Salvage and Micoperi, two of the world’s leading maritime salvage companies. They were tasked with refloating and removing the wreck from Giglio, a task that would take over two years and cost $800 million.

The first step in this process was to stabilize the wreck by attaching sponsons (airtight steel containers) to each side of the vessel. These were filled with airbags to provide buoyancy, allowing it to be lifted off the seabed by giant floating cranes in an operation known as parbuckling. This took place in September 2013 after months of preparation work had been completed.

Once it had been refloated, work began on dismantling and removing sections of the vessel. This involved cutting away large portions of steel with torches before they could be transported away by sea or air for recycling or disposal. The whole process took over two years before it was finally completed in July 2014 at a total cost of over $1 billion.

Following this, Costa Concordia was towed away from Giglio for final disposal at Genoa port in Italy where it arrived on 27 July 2014. Here it was broken down further until only its hull remained, which was then towed away again for scrapping at an overseas facility on 27 August 2014 where it remains today.

Where Is The Cruise Ship Concordia Now? The Costa Concordia is now located at an overseas facility where it is being scrapped for parts by a specialist team hired by Titan Salvage and Micoperi who are responsible for overseeing its final disposal. While this may not be a particularly pleasant sight for those who remember what happened back in 2012, it does bring some closure to those affected by this tragic event who have waited patiently for more than two years while engineers worked tirelessly to make sure that this could never happen again.


The Costa Concordia is now located at an overseas facility where it is being scrapped for parts as part of its final disposal after running aground off Giglio Island in 2012 resulting in 32 deaths, bringing some closure to those affected by this tragic event.