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Costa Concordia fuel removal continues 24/7

A total of 952 cubic meters of fuel had been removed from Costa Concordia’s tanks as of Friday morning in an operation that has gone around the clock since starting late afternoon Sunday. Costa Crociere said the fuel had been pumped from four tanks located in the forward part of the ship. A total of 1,428 cubic meters of fuel is still to be removed from 13 tanks, including 576 cubic meters in the forward part of the ship.

If the sea and weather conditions remain favorable, all the fuel should be removed within three weeks, according to a plan devised by the Neri/SMIT salvage team.

Costa said it aims for maximum safety and the least possible environmental impact while trying to remove the fuel as quickly as possible.

The operation is being conducted with the oversight of the Concordia Emergency Commissioner’s Office.

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