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BIG DEMOLITIONS: THE CONCORDIA WRECK
The largest cruise ship ever shipwrecked. A deeply compromised artefact. A structure of considerable dimensions. These are the critical points of one of the most significant demolition projects in recent years in Italy. The history of the Concordia Wreck will remain indelible in the memory of many Italians.
Fratelli Omini was chosen for this highly critical demolition project. An operation that required maximum precision. The company, which specializes in big demolitions, has managed every detail with discretion and punctuality.
ACCURATE LOGISTICS AND TECHNICAL MANAGEMENT
The Concordia is the largest cruise ship ever sunk: 114,500 tons, 290 meters long (the Titanic measured 269) and 35.5 meters high.
Right from the first moment, the company’s team felt they had to measure themselves against a unique project. A ship demolition project with a colossal impact also from an emotional point of view. This is one of the most important demolitions in Italy in recent years, also due to all the companies involved in the recovery and dismantling of the Wreck, which are undisputed professionists.
A difficult operation even for the strictly technical aspects. The structural delicacy of the Wreck had a great influence. The logistical management of important quantities of material in confined spaces had to be careful, both on board of the ship and on the quay, in presence of neighboring active production facilities.
The technical choices made by Fratelli Omini, which specializes in big demolitions, have benefited from the experience gained in decommissioning projects for the most delicate Italian industrial sites. The work was carried out within the port area of Genoa.
PROJECT TECHNICAL DATA
The contract was divided into two steps: the first included the off-shore demolition and scrapping of the Wreck’s bridges, from the 14th to the 2nd, in addition to the disassembly and demolition of some buoyancy caissons (sponsons).
The second step, on-shore, consisted of the demolition and scrapping of the remaining structures, including the hull inside a dry dock.
Some numbers of the project:
- 22 months of processing;
- 45,000 tons of iron demolished and sent for recovery;
- 280 barge and pontoon transport with an average capacity of 700 tons;
- 450 internal training meetings;
- 400 security and coordination meetings with the many companies involved, each for its activities.
For big demolitions, considerable skills and an excellent ability to adapt to the context are required. The demolition of the Concordia Wreck was a decidedly stimulating challenge. Fratelli Omini was able to learn that technologically simple solutions, cleverly combined and orchestrated, in contexts that are difficult to implement, are the correct answer even to the most difficult project.