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April 2013    Download the Entire Issue (PDF) Vol. 28, No. 4   RSS Feed for Undercurrent Issues
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Why Not Make the Costa Concordia a Diver’s Paradise?

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It was big news last year when the cruise ship Costa Concordia struck a rock off Italy's Mediterranean coast. It was the largest passenger wreck of all time, with 30 passenger deaths, and the wreck is still sitting, mostly submerged. Because the Costa Concordia is in a nationally protected marine park and coral reef, it must be removed from the area before it can be dismantled, posing countless difficulties. There's a salvage plan, but at $400 million (paid for by insurance companies), it's the most expensive, complicated and riskiest salvage operation ever to be undertaken - and no one is sure if it will work....



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