VideoRay's contributions to the Costa Concordia salvage operation are featured in a new Smithsonian Channel documentary, Cruise Ship Down: Saving Concordia. The 60-minute program seeks to tell the "untold stories" from the Concordia by documenting the unprecendented salvage operation through the eyes of the crew members, as well as the eyewitnesses and passengers who survived the January 2012 tragedy.
Though the initial wreck and ensuing legal battles were covered extensively by the media, much of the salvage operation has remained confidential until now. Cruise Ship Down: Saving Concordia offers home viewers their first glimpse into how the salvage crew managed to raise the largest passenger shipwreck in history from her precarious position off Italy's Tuscan coast while keeping the vessel intact – and most importantly, without incurring any major environmental consequences.
The groundbreaking operation relied on 7 VideoRay Pro 4 ROV systems to provide eyes underwater in the extremely challenging and dangerous environment around the wreckage site. The ROVs – and their tireless operators – have worked around the clock for two years monitoring divers, penetrating the wreck, and conducting site surveys. Since the operation began in 2012, the VideoRays have recorded over 40,000 hours of footage on the Concordia wreck, some of which was used during the filming of Cruise Ship Down: Saving Concordia.
Encore presentations of Cruise Ship Down: Saving Concordia will air on the Smithsonian Channel in the U.S. on:
- Saturday July 26, 2014 - 3:00 p.m. ET/PT
- Sunday July 27, 2014 - 9:00 p.m. ET/PT
- Monday July 28, 2014 - 12:00 a.m. ET/PT
This page will be updated with future airings as they are scheduled. Check your local listings or use the Channel Finder app to find the Smithsonian Channel in your area.
Click the image below to see the trailer for Cruise Ship Down: Saving Concordia (via C21 Media)