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Pompano-Based Company To Remove Concordia

The ship's removal is expected to take one year

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    Italian rescue teams work around the grounded cruise ship Costa Concordia off the Tuscan island of Giglio, Italy, Friday, Jan. 27, 2012. Costa Crociere Spa offered uninjured passengers Ä11,000 ($14,460) apiece to compensate them for lost baggage and the psychological trauma they suffered after their cruise ship ran aground and capsized off Tuscany. But some passengers are already refusing to accept the deal, saying they can't yet put a figure on the costs of the trauma they endured. Costa announced the offer after negotiations with consumer groups who say they are representing 3,206 passengers from 61 countries who suffered no physical harm when the massive Costa Concordia cruise ship hit a reef on Jan. 13. In addition to the lump-sum indemnity, Costa, a unit of the world's biggest cruise operator, the Miami-based Carnival Corp., also said it would reimburse uninjured passengers the full costs of their cruise, their return travel expenses and any medical expenses they sustained after the grounding. (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito)

    A U.S. company based in Pompano Beach has won the bid to salvage the Costa Concordia, the cruise ship that ran aground in January off the Tuscany coast, Costa announced.

    Titan Salvage, which plans to begin the ship's removal in one month, also plans to tow the ship to an Italian port in one piece, pending approval by Italian authorities. The fuel in the ship was removed by March 24.

    Costa said environmental protection will be a "top priority" during the ship's removal. The island of Giglio is in fishing grounds and falls within a sanctuary for dolphins.

    Titan Salvage, which says it has performed 350 salvages since the company began in 1980, will partner with Italian marine contractor Micoperi. The ship's removal is expected to take one year.

    Costa Concordia struck a reef off the tourist-dependent island of Giglio on Jan. 13, after the captain veered off course and steered the liner carrying 4,200 people close to shore in an apparent stunt. 32 passengers and crew members died in the frantic and delayed evacuation. Two of those remain missing.