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Costa Concordia to be scrapped in Piombino

'Sicily too far' says transport undersecretary

Costa Concordia to be scrapped in Piombino

Florence, September 16 - The wreckage from the capsized Costa Concordia cruise liner will be cut up for scrap in the Tuscan port city of Piombino, Italian Transport Undersecretary Erasmo D'Angelis said Monday. The half-sunken ship, which Monday was undergoing the delicate process of being turned upright, had been destined for a scrapyard in Sicily. But the distance between that location and the crash site, off the Tuscan island of Giglio, is too far, said D'Angelis. "It's difficult to imagine...the Costa Concordia traveling long distances, running risks of all types, not to mention enormously high costs," he said. The scrapping process is estimated to take two years, providing a highly sought-after jobs and revenue boost to the city that hosts it. Addressing concerns about the readiness of scrapping facilities in Piombino, D'Angelis said "the government was working overtime to prepare (infrastructure) not only for the Costa Concordia but also other defunct ships". "There is no issue of competition with other ports," he added.

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