Sep 17, 2013

By Andy Johnson

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The ill-fated Costa Concordia cruise ship has been righted, thanks in no small part to a Waterloo, Ontario-based company. The Costa Concordia struck a rocky reef when it ventured too close to the Italian island of Giglio, in January 2012, tearing a hole in the hull and partially sinking the ship. Thirty-two passengers and crew were killed.

Righting the ship involved a process called parbuckling and used underwater laser scanners developed by 2G Robotics of Waterloo to provide a detailed picture of the submerged sections of the ship. The pictures were then used to attach flotations devices to roll the vessel upright from its side.

Now that it is upright, the Costa Concordia will be raised up on flotation devices over the next couple of months and towed away to be dismantled.

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