San Giorgio del Porto has collaborated with Saipem to successfully complete the dismantling and recycling of the Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia in Genoa, Italy.

The Concordia operation has been described as one of the important green ship recycling projects ever conducted in Europe and was carried out in accordance with the latest European regulations.

The success of the ship recycling activity represents an additional recognition of Italy's contribution to the field of naval engineering.  

A workforce of up to 350 was employed during the project, which took approximately one million hours of work to complete. Approximately 98% of the companies and suppliers involved were Italian.

The total dismantled material obtained from the wreck of the ship amounted to roughly 8,000t, and 90% of the recovered material was recycled.

"The total dismantled material obtained from the wreck of the ship amounted to roughly 8,000t, and 90% of the recovered material was recycled."

Costa Concordia ran aground off the Italian island of Giglio, Tuscany, on 13 January 2012. It was carrying 3,200 passengers and 1,000 crew members at the time.

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The 114,500t vessel was refloated nearly two-and-a-half years after it capsized on the Tuscan island, killing 32 people. The Concordia wreck arrived in Genoa on 27 July 2014.

It was reportedly the largest and most luxurious cruise liner in Costa Cruises' fleet and had been in service since 2006.

The ship's captain Francesco Schettino was convicted for the tragedy in May, after Italy's highest court upheld his 16-year prison sentence.

The vessel's operator Costa Crociere has estimated the scrapping operation cost a total of roughly €1.5bn.