While a final decision will be made in March, a British seaport has been revealed as the front-runner to dismantle the hulking ocean-craft, expected to be worth hundreds of millions of pounds. The disastrous incident, which claimed the lives of 32 passengers, left the capsized vessel stranded where it struck the rocky coastline and sank, the Daily Mail reported. Source = ETB News: P.T. Two years after the infamous Costa Concordia wrecked off the coast of Italy’s Giglio island, an extensive operation to lift, tow away and dismantle the rusting cruise liner has been announced. The 114,500-tonne Costa Concordia was sank on 13 January 2012 when Captain Francesco Schettino allegedly sailed the ship too fast and too close to shore in an attempt to ‘salute’ local residents. Officials have now confirmed that the enormous ship will undergo a ‘parbuckling salvage’ operation in June, in an attempt to raise the hulking mass from its shallow grave and tow it away. Twelve different companies have been invited to bid for the eventual disassembling, scrapping and recycling contract, including ports in China, France, Italy, Turkey and the United Kingdom.
On Monday, December 11 at 6:30 p.m., the Old North Church Foundation will be hosting a public hearing inside the church (at 193 Salem Street) regarding the upcoming redesign of the Washington Garden and Courtyard. This will be the last public hearing to take place regarding the upcoming changes to the Washington Garden and Courtyard. North End residents and the public are invited to come and make their voices and opinions heard as the redesign plans are finalized, so that the space will be enjoyable for visitors and community members. Attendees of the public hearing will have a firsthand look of the latest plans for the redesign. Attendees will also have a chance to meet with members of both Fluidity Design Consultants and Copley Wolff Design Groups, the design team responsible for the upcoming renovations of the Washington Garden and Courtyard. The space is set to become transformed into an outdoor educational space dedicated to the interpretation of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s much beloved poem, “Paul Revere’s Ride.” One of the new elements to be added to this outdoor interpretational space will be an architectural feature with water and the full text of the Longfellow poem. When the redesign is implemented, both North End residents and the thousands of world-wide visitors the Old North Church receives yearly will have the chance to read the text of “Paul Revere’s Ride” while in the shadow of where the events of that very poem took place, and where history was made almost 250 years ago.*Advertisement*