Piombino is a small town in Tuscany’s Livorno province that has served as a staging headquarters for some of the salvage work.
For example, two of the platforms (1 and 2) the wreck will rest upon when it’s uprighted were delivered to Piombino in late February, according to The Parbuckling Project, the official site about the salvage.
The latest update on the site said platform 4 was to be installed beside the ship during the first week in March.
The wreck is to be refloated in one piece then towed to another site for breaking.
According to AP, the Tuscan president Rico Rossi hailed the choice of Piombono because of its proximity, while another lawmaker warned this could slow Costa Concordia’s removal because port improvements would be needed.
The last official word about the timeline, several months ago, estimated the wreck would be gone by the end of summer. However, the salvage consortium has always cautioned that it would be ‘misleading and unrealistic to fix a precise date for the conclusion of work.’