The Costa Concordia Shipwreck 2012-2014
On January 13, 2012, the Costa Concordia cruise ship, carrying more than 4,000 people including passengers and crew, starts to embark water due to a collision with the Scole rock and tilts near the Giglio island: it is the worst shipwreck of the modern era, causing 32 deaths. Soon after the evacuation order, the Port Authority-Coast Guard of Livorno coordinated the search and rescue operations conducted by the specialized departments of the Port Authority, Fire Department and Police Forces. Meanwhile, the Civil Protection System starts to plan the assistance to passengers evacuated to the Giglio Island and then transferred to Porto S. Stefano.
On January 20, 2012, with a decree of the President of the Council of Ministers the state of emergency for the shipwreck is declared and the Council of Ministers appoints the Head of the Civil Protection Department as Deputy Commissioner. The emergency scenario - rare, wide and complex - calls for the activation of very different expertises and a deep interaction between public and private subjects. A Committee with advisory functions and a technical-scientific Committee support the Commissioner. Right from the start
Also, from the first stages, the potential environmental risks due to fuel spillage from the ship is a major concern.
The wreck removal project is a unique technical-engineering operation, involving 500 technicians and 30 vessels for over two years, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The project ends on July 27, 2014 with the arrival of the ship in the port of Genoa Prà-Voltri for the dismantling operations.