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