Capturing the Most Expensive and Daunting Salvage Operation Ever Attempted, Discovery Presents INSIDE RAISING THE CONCORDIA, Pre

— September 18, 2013

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TORONTO (September 18, 2013) – What does it take to lift a ship bigger than Titanic? On January 13, 2012, Costa Concordia -- one of the largest and most luxurious cruise ships ever built -- ran aground off the coast of Italy leaving 32 people dead. The hulking vessel still remains where it first capsized – becoming a painful eyesore for locals as well as a growing environmental hazard.

Now, as recovery efforts are underway, Discovery returns to the scene of the shipwreck this  Friday, September 20, with a two-part look at the salvage mission, first, at 7 p.m. ET on DAILY PLANET, and then with the North American premiere of INSIDE RAISING THE CONCORDIA at 10 p.m. ET/PT. At 7 p.m. ET, Discovery's nightly science program DAILY PLANET goes behind the scenes to follow a Canadian team - Waterloo's 2G Robotics - that is using their underwater laser mapping system to image the hull of the wreck. The data they collect will help engineers make decisions about the condition of the hull, and if any repairs need to be made before Costa is towed away to the scrapyard.

 

The world premiere of Discovery's INSIDE RAISING THE CONCORDIA airs at 10 p.m. ET/PT this Friday.

Then, at 10 p.m. ET/PT, Discovery presents INSIDE RAISING THE CONCORDIA. Broadcast first in Canada and the U.S., then rolling out in more than 220 countries around the world, this quick turnaround special captures the major salvage operation taking place right now, and reveals the inside story told by the elite team of engineers tasked with the seemingly impossible -- rotating the massive ship into an upright position and eventually removing it from the sea. Additional Concordia content will be available on Discovery.ca.

“In terms of the size of the operation basically you could take all the other salvage operations I’ve been involved in and times them by ten,” said Nick Sloane, the project’s senior salvage master. “It’s the biggest salvage operation by a long way.”

Most salvage jobs are relatively simple -- where the ship is removed or just destroyed. However, breaking up Costa Concordia onsite would be an environmental catastrophe. Concordia’s owners needed a revolutionary solution. That’s when they turned to Titan Marine, an outfit with a reputation for radical salvage operations.

In this one-hour special, Discovery will show how the engineers prepped for the job, which included building colossal barges complete with a hospital, gym, and living quarters for the hundreds of divers and specialists. It will also reveal the step-by-step process involved with pulling the ship upright – a process known as parbuckling – and how they plan to refloat it before finally being towed away to be scrapped.

INSIDE RAISING THE CONCORDIA reveals the incredible story of Costa Concordia as the salvage team prepares for the largest refloat in history. The special will also include insiders’ accounts of what really went down in one of the cruise line industry’s biggest disasters.

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