Rome - Reports say underwater explorations have revealed that the
shipwrecked Costa Concordia cruise liner is slowly sinking into the sea,
complicating efforts to remove it from the coastline of the Italian island of
The Concordia hit a reef and ran aground off Giglio on 13 January last year
after it was steered dangerously close to the coast, killing 32 of its 4 229
Eighteen months on, the vessel is still lying sideways near the island.
It is sinking further because its hull - damaged by the accident and
weakened by rust - is collapsing under the weight of the ship.
Owners Costa Crociere recently admitted that removing the Concordia was
proving more costly and complicated than anticipated, much to the chagrin of
Giglio residents, who regard the wreck as an eyesore and a threat to tourism.
Experts are planning to right the ship in September, inspect the damage to
the hidden starboard side and then start work on refloating the hull, before
towing it to the mainland for dismantling.
The project might take several months.
Separately, a court in Grosseto, central Italy, admitted new onboard video
evidence from the night of the accident.
It happened on the second day of the trial against captain Francesco
Schettino, who face multiple charges, including manslaughter, shipwreck and
abandoning his vessel.