Boats and ships should be known for their adventures, not their tragedies. Unfortunately, that will never again be true of Costa Concordia, the cruise ship which sank in January 2012 off the coast of Italy with a loss of 32 lives. Now, anyone who wants to catch a final glimpse of the ship before she meets her own maker had better act fast; she is on her way to Genoa, where she will be permanently destroyed.
Towing won out over floating for the final voyage, and two tugs are moving the ship at a stately pace of 2 knots, which means the 150 mile voyage will take about 5 days. She'll have to stick to deep water for this last adventure, since even after being mostly refloated by sponsons, she still draws almost 60 feet—almost twice her normal depth.
Dutch tug captain Hans Bosch is in charge of this phase. According to an article in the Irish Times, he says that the most delicate part of the voyage will be emerging into open sea after leaving the shelter of Corsica. Fortunately, the weather is predicted to be benign the rest of the week. The ship is due to arrive in Genoa Saturday or Sunday.
For more background, read our previous reports on the salvage operation, or visit the Parkbuckling Project.