Preparations for removing the Costa Concordia from the shore of Giglio have been in motion for a number of months. Now, with just over a month before the ship is raised and towed away, concerns of pollution in the water surrounding the wreck are becoming more a major concern for local citizens.
In a recently released report by Costa Cruises, the line states the waters surrounding the island of Giglio could become contaminated by chemicals and hydrocarbons released from the wreck as it is removed from the shore. The wreck of the Costa Concordia has been slowly rusting and decomposing off the shore of the Italian island since January 2012.
While Costa Cruises has stated they have a number of barriers, protective netting, and other tools in place for the removal, many locals and government officials are concerned the measures aren’t enough to protect the water from serious contamination. One of the most outspoken critics of the removal has been Giglio mayor, Sergio Ortelli, who was recently quoted as saying, “Costa Cruises,