Drones are escorting Costa Concordia providing a different point of the giant ship’s final journey to the scrapyard.
On Jan. 13, 2012 the Costa Concordia luxury cruise ship, ran aground on rocks off the Isola del Giglio Island resulting in the death of 32 people.
The wrecked ship was hauled upright last year and eventually re-floated on Jul. 14. Kept afloat by giant buoyancy chambers, it is currently being towed by dozen vessels.
The removal and the subsequent journey to the Genoa scrapyard in northwestern Italy is being filmed by drones, that provide a unique point of view on one of the biggest maritime salvage operations ever attempted.
By means of AIS (Automatic Identification System), an automatic tracking system used for identification and geo-localization of vessels that can be considered the naval homologous of the ADS-B used by airplanes you can follow the ship being towed by tug boats in real time here.
Image credit: Marinetraffic.com
The ship is actually towed by only 4 boats: 2 oceanic tugboats in front and 2 (auxiliary) behind, all other boats around are monitoring the environment , escorting or backing up if needed
Are these 2 identical tugboats? One from Holland one from South Africa?