Cruise Ship Costa Concordia Lifted from Seabed at a cost of $300 million. The cruise ship, Costa Concordia, that infamously went aground and rolled over back in January, will be righted and towed away for disposal in a year long project that will cost $300 million. The seafloor will be cleaned and new fauna will be planted to bring the area back to pre-wreck status.
Here you can watch the whole lifting in amazing time-laps video:
And I am probably not the only one with one and only question about this ship: Why not clean it up, tow it out somewhere and make it into an artificial reef? So I went around the internet and found the answer:
A ship that size, to clean properly would take about 5-10 years, Heck ships 1 tenth that size take 18 months to clean properly to sink for an artificial reef. However the size of it makes it impossible to turn into a reef as their would be stability issues as well other dangers that make it prohibitive to do it. Great idea but with this size ship, would be a nightmare to attempt.