On January, 13 2012, the Italian cruise ship the Costa Concordia hit rocks off of the island of Giglio and partially capsized after captain Francisco Schettino allegedly steered too close to shore after turning off alarms and navigation systems. She was carrying 3,229 passengers and 1,023 crew members. 32 of them were not able to be rescued.
The ship was without power and rolled onto her starboard side, coming to rest lying in an unsteady position on a rocky underwater ledge. Almost half of the ship remained above water.
The Costa Concordia remained half submerged for more than two years before the salvage attempt was started. Once it was brought upright, it was towed to Genoa for scrapping. These pictures were captured before that process began, and show the amazing destruction that was caused by the wreck and the following time in the sea.
Based on the high levels of damage, it’s difficult to believe that it was only a few years ago that people were enjoying themselves on board.
In May 2015, the initial dismantling was complete and the the hull was towed 10 miles to the Superbacino dock for removal of the upper decks. Once that process is complete, the remains of the ship will be moved to a drydock so that the hull can be scrapped.
While Captain Schettino denied any charges against him and instead said said he was being made a scapegoat, he was found guilty of manslaughter and sentenced to 16 years in prison. He is currently appealing the verdict.