Costa Concordia damage bad but not insurmountable

Cruise rep says first examination bodes better than feared

Costa Concordia damage bad but not insurmountable

(See related) Rome, September 17 - Damage to the previously submerged side of the Costa Concordia cruise liner was bad but "not insurmountable", Costa Cruises Project Manager Franco Porcellacchia on Tuesday said of the massive shipwreck that was righted after sitting partially underwater on its side for 20 months. "The emerged side of the Concordia has a lot of damage, but it is not an insurmountable situation," said Porchellacchia before joining a celebration of the successful parbuckling operation at a bar in the Giglio Island port with salvage master Nick Sloane and technicians from the US-Italian consortium Titan-Micoperi, which righted the wreck. "I went to look at it with a boat, but it did not seem to me to be in critical condition," Porcellacchia said. "The straight side is very damaged, but there are two zones where the damage is very well established and there aren't any enormous holes, there isn't the rock penetration we feared. In the next few days we will look at it carefully. But it doesn't seem like anything insurmountable".

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