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Salvaging a cruise ship through modeling

Mott MacDonald performs a wide range of navigation and maneuvering analyses, including desktop analysis, desktop maneuvering simulations, and management of full bridge simulations at outside facilities.

Opportunity

After the Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia struck a reef
near the harbor of the island of Giglio, simulations proved a valuable tool for salvaging the ship and bringing it home.

Solution

Mott MacDonald was retained to conduct numerical modeling and analysis to support the salvage operation.

An underwater ledge was created on the downhill side of the wreck, a parbuckling operation was used to right the hull, and the ship was towed 200 miles (322 kilometers) to its home port of Genoa.

Outcome

The hull of the Costa Concordia was successfully righted, the ship’s hull remained in one piece, and its 17 oil tanks remained intact.

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