Jonathan Danko Kielkowski is a German based photographer and artist. January 13 marked the fourth anniversary of the sinking of the cruise ship Costa Concordia off the Tuscan holiday island of Giglio.
32 people died in the incident and the salvage and scrapping efforts are estimated to total in the range of $2 billion, in addition to the vessel’s $500 million value. It was the most expensive maritime wreck recovery in history.
Kielkowski has just published a book via www.whitepress.com. He swam out to the wreck of the Concordia before the scrapping of her was started.
His book documents moments in time of a destroyed cruiser and destroyed lives. Four years ago, on January 13, 2012, Costa Concordia began to capsize after striking a rock off the coast of the island of Giglio. 32 people died.
Costa Concordia was a Concordia-class cruise ship built in 2004 It was wrecked off the coast of Isola del Giglio in Italy on 13 January 2012. It was declared a total loss and later towed to the port of Genoa where it was scrapped.
On 13 January 2012 at about 9:45 p.m., in calm seas and overcast weather, under command of Captain Francesco Schettino, Costa Concordia struck a rock in the Tyrrhenian Sea just off the eastern shore of Isola del Giglio, on the western coast of Italy about 62 miles northwest of Rome.
This tore a 60 ft gash on the port side of her hull, which soon flooded parts of the engine room resulting in power loss to her propulsion and electrical systems.
With water flooding in and listing, the ship drifted back to Giglio Island where she grounded 550 yards north of the village of Giglio Porto.
Resting on her starboard side in shallow waters with most of her starboard side under water.
Despite the gradual sinking of the ship, its complete loss of power, and its proximity to shore in calm seas, an order to abandon ship was not issued until over an hour after the initial impact.
Although international maritime law requires all passengers to be evacuated within 30 minutes of an order to abandon ship, the evacuation of Costa Concordia took over six hours and not all passengers were evacuated.
Of the 3,229 passengers and 1,023 crew known to have been aboard, 32 died.
Costa Concordia drifted back and grounded near shore, then rolled onto her starboard side, lying in an unsteady position on a rocky underwater ledge.
The captain, Francesco Schettino, ordered evacuation after an hour of drifting, during which the ship had started to list
Almost half of the ship remained above water, but it was in danger of sinking completely into a trough 230 ft deep