The National Post‘s graphics team takes a look at whether the Costa Concordia can be salvaged.
As nautical engineers study the wreckage of the Costa Concordia to see if it can be salvaged, they also have to consider the possibility such a project could go create an ecological nightmare should the ship slip further down the rocks.
Divers searching the capsized cruise liner suspended work on Wednesday after the ship shifted slightly, but officials said they are hoping to resume as soon as possible. The search continued overnight on sections above the water line.
Until the order was given to suspend work, divers had been preparing to resume the difficult and dangerous search of partly submerged areas of the ship after entries are blasted into the ship with explosives.
The Concordia lies on its side in some 20 metres of water but the rock shelf soon falls away into much deeper water and the wreck could slide down by as much as 130 metres if it shifts free from the rocks.
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- CBCNews : Salvage experts weigh options for Costa Concordia
- NPR : Rock And A Hard Place: What To Do With Concordia
- BBC : Costa Concordia: What next for the stricken ship?