Parbuckling the Costa Concordia

December , 2013

Global Diving & Salvage, Inc. was contracted by Titan / Micoperi, JV to assist with the largest salvage project (by weight) in history, the salvaging of the Costa Concordia cruise ship which ran aground off Isola del Giglio, Italy. The initial phase of the project required ‘righting’ the vessel which lay on its starboard side. Divers from 26 countries were brought in to prepare the vessel for parbuckling, moving the ship from its side to an upright position on its keel.

Global provided a 12-man dive team that worked around the clock to place grout bags between the naturally sloping shore and the platform upon which the ship was rolled. Over 30,000 cubic yards of concrete was pumped into hundreds of the grout bags. Global divers logged just under 1,900 dives over the course of the project. The scale and historic aspect of this salvage did not go unappreciated by Global personnel. David DeVilbiss, Global V.P. of Casualty Response, states, “I think everyone was pleased and honored to be part of this project.”

Learn more about the Costa Concordia parbuckling:
12/14: Salvors achieve Costa Concordia parbuckling, the biggest ever (Professional Mariner Magazine)
8/12: Costa Concordia Salvage: Rotate and Refloat Ship (Professional Mariner Magazine)