The Sinking Sequence of COSTA CONCORDIA

On January, 13th, 2012, the cruise vessel COSTA CONCORDIA collided with a rock close to the isle of Giglio, Italy. The ship got a five compartment damage on port side and was immediately flooded. Due to cross flooding, she took an upright position after the initial port side heel. Water ingressed into starboard side trough opened or not fully closed doors, which lead to a starboard side heel. This starboard side heel increased unit she hit the ground and tipped fully over. Our simulation shows the sinking sequence from the collision until she hits the ground.


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