Refloating of the Costa Concordia Tracked from Space

Airbus Defence and Space’s expert photointerpreters have been keeping track of operations to refloat the Costa Concordia from 15 to 21 July off the coast of Giglio Island, Italy.

The metal boxes or ‘sponsons’ attached to the 290-metre-long Costa Concordia are pumped full of air to raise the 115,000-tonne wreck off the underwater platform supporting it. Pollution risks are being tracked using imagery from the Pléiades and TerraSAR-X satellites by Copernicus Emergency, the European Union’s emergency management service.

Refloating of the Costa Concordia - 16/07/2014

16 July, tugs tow the stricken liner 30 metres further off the coast, an operation tracked by the Pléiades satellite.

Refloating of the Costa Concordia - 19/07/2014

The ship continues to be raised; in this Pléiades image of 19 July, another bridge on its bow has emerged above the water line.

Refloating of the Costa Concordia Tracked from Space