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British firm rewarded for Concordia salvage efforts

A Buckinghamshire-based contractor that helped with the salvage operation of the cruise ship that sunk near Italy in 2012 has been recognised by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE).

Marlow subsea grouting firm FoundOcean was presented with the Designed in Thames Valley award by ICE president David Balmforth.

The company grouted six platforms around the stricken Costa Concordia’s hull after it sank more than three years ago off the Isola del Giglio.

The £28M project, completed last summer, allowed the 32,000-ton ship to be freed and rotated back into its upright position. FoundOcean had to minimise damage to the local marine ecosystem and surrounding area under intense media scrutiny.

The Designed in Thames Valley award recognises innovative engineering projects designed in the region and constructed elsewhere.

ICE South East England director Suzanne Moroney said: “Wreckages of this magnitude are rare, but when they do happen, they require a huge amount of technical skill and knowledge.

“FoundOcean’s grouting was essential in the removal of the ship from the coast and, what’s more, the team achieved this feat of engineering while taking active consideration to protect the wildlife and habitats around the ship.”

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