In July 2015, the Company SHIP RECYCLING engaged OMINI S.p.A. to carry out the "demolition of the metal parts of the wreck of the Concordia", the largest cruise ship ever sunk in nautical history: 114,500 tons, 35.5 meters high and 290 meters long (the Titanic measured 269 meters).

Our staff realized straight away that this would be a unique project. Both in terms of the unforgettable emotional impact of the disaster, and in terms of the huge scale of the job. In fact, the entire task was characterized by exceptional technical issues relating to the structural delicacy of the wreck and by the logistical challenge of managing large quantities of metal in confined spaces next to active production environments.

The main phases of the project carried out directly by Omini are as follows:

  • Preparatory study
  • Lightening of ship to facilitate independent floating of wreck
  • Transfer of remains to dry dock
  • Demolition of decks 14 to 2
  • Gradual dismantling and demolition of sponsons
  • Demolition operations on board wreck
  • Demolition operations in dock
  • Loading of material onto trucks

 

Technical decisions were dictated by the experience Omini has gained over the years in decommissioning delicate Italian industrial sites, developing skills that allow the company to move and operate with clinical precision, demolishing and/or dismantling facilities in highly critical areas such as the chemical, petrochemical, nuclear and other industries.

In April 2016, Omini completed the first phase of operations on the Concordia wreck in compliance with the deadlines and procedures requested by the client.
The company is now awaiting the go-ahead to proceed with the demolition of the hull and complete the project.