18 September 2013
Concordia, the ascent starts from Piacenza
18 September 2013
Concordia, the ascent starts from Piacenza | Source: Di User:paolodefalco75 - Opera propria, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=29220906
Ettore Dordoni, Chairman of Cima S.p.A., company from Piacenza specialized in medium - heavy carpentry, had no doubt that the parbuckling of the Costa Concordia would have succeeded, even though there could have been the risk that the state of the hull – since it had been under water for a long time – could have been worse, thus allowing it to sink even more.

It is the first time in history that the recovery of a wreck of this size occurs. The project was highly innovative, and Cima S.p.A. has contributed in implementing the pylons that are the cornerstone of the 6 mega structures on which Concordia is supported. Each single one consists of 36 huge tubular welded, which are 12 meters long, with a diameter of 1.6 meters, a thickness of 7.5 cm and a weight of 30 tons. Even the foundations were implemented using Cima S.p.A.’s pumps, produced by Metax - its geotechnical division - which inject cement at high pressures. The safety guarantee of these huge pipes - the crucial point of the project, given Concordia’s dimensions - required the strictest certifications requested by the market and guaranteed by Cima S.p.A.

Cima S.p.A. involved about thirty people in a very demanding and meticulous job, which lasted three months, in order to produce pipes, which were then assembled on the floating workshops in Livorno and Ravenna and then cemented to the seabed of the Giglio Island. The consortium was led by the American company, “Titan Salvage”, together with the company Micoperi from Ravenna.

Abstract of the article published in “Libertà”, on September 18, 2013