Costa Concordia

MS Costa Concordia was a Concordia-class cruise ship owned and operated by Costa Cruises, a subsidiary of American-British Carnival Corporation & Plc. The name Concordia was intended to express the wish for “continuing harmony, unity, and peace between European nations.”  She was the largest Italian cruise ship ever conceived was ordered on 19 January 2004 in Fincantieri and built in the Sestri Ponente yard in Genoa, as yard number 6122. She had an inauspicious launch at Sestri Ponente on 2 September 2005, when the champagne bottle failed to break; an incident some would say doomed her as this is held to be a bad omen for a ship.

Costa Concordia is 290.20 metres (952 ft 1 in), with a beam of 35.50 metres (116 ft 6 in) and a draught of 8.20 metres (26 ft 11 in). She is equipped with a diesel-electric propulsion system with six Wärtsilä diesel engines of 75,600 kilowatts (101,400 hp) total and two electric motors of 42,000 kW (56,000 hp) total. This system could propel her at 19.6 knots (36.3 km/h).

She was the first vessel of the Concordia ship class, with sisters Costa Serena, Costa Pacifica, Costa Favolosa, Costa Fascinosa and Carnival Splendor built for Carnival Cruise Lines. Costa Concordia entered service in July 2006 and was one of the largest ships to be built in Italy, at 114,147 GT; the later Carnival Dream class are 130,000 GT, and also built in Fincantieri.

Costa Concordia has 1,500 cabins; 505 have private balconies and 55 have direct access to Samsara Spa; 58 suites have private balconies and 12 have direct access to the spa. Costa Concordia has one of the world’s largest exercise facility areas at sea, the Samsara Spa, a two-level, 6,000 m2 (65,000 sq ft) fitness center, with gym, a thalassotherapy pool, sauna, Turkish bath and a solarium. The ship has four swimming pools, two with retractable covers, five jacuzzis, five spas, and a poolside screen on the pool deck.

There are five onboard restaurants, with Club Concordia and Samsara taking reservations-only dining. There are thirteen bars, including a cigar and cognac bar and a coffee and chocolate bar. Entertainment options include a three-level theatre, casino, and a discotheque. There is a children’s area equipped with PlayStation products. The ship has a Grand Prix motor racing simulator and an Internet café.

On 22 November 2008, Costa Concordia suffered damage to her bow when high winds over the Sicilian city of Palermo pushed the ship against its dock. There were no injuries and repairs started soon after.

On 13 January 2012, at around 22:00 local time (UTC+1), Costa Concordia ran aground on a reef off Isola del Giglio (42°21′55″N 10°55′17″E) and began listing heavily towards the starboard side. The ship was carrying 3,200 passengers and 1,000 crew members. An investigation was opened into the accident.

On 16 January Carnival expected the ship to be out of service for the remainder of the cruising season (seeing as she’s still laying on her side…)

According to Tim Ramskill, analyst at Credit Suisse, on the same date “Given the extensive damage reported, it appears possible that the ship is a constructive total loss.”

Quick Glance

Name: MS Costa Concordia
Owner: Costa Cruises (Carnival)
Route: Western Mediterranean
Builder: Fincanteiri Sestri Ponenti
Launched: September 2, 2005
Maiden voyage: July 14, 2006
Fate: Capsized January 13, 2012
General characteristics
Type: Concordia Class Cruise Ship
Tonnage: 114,137 GT
Length: 952 Ft.
Propulsion: Diesel Electric
Speed: 23 knots (max)
Capacity: 3,780 Passengers
1,100 Crew