Salvaging the Costa Concordia

Eleven months after wrecking at sea, the Italian luxury liner awaits one of the most expensive and daunting salvage operations ever. It’s pretty amazing to see the complexity, cost, and engineering acumen that is being devoted to salvaging this boat.

Basically, they are building a massive support platform beneath the boat to prevent it from rolling into the ocean and destroying a protected aquatic preserve, then grafting containers to the outside of the boat to create buoyancy, and finally, towing the boat away if all that goes successfully.

The 60 Minutes report is lengthy, sure, but it’s worth watching if you haven’t already.

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