UK Generator Specialist Powers Successful Costa Concordia Salvage



All eyes may have been on the Italian island of Giglio as the stricken Costa Concordia cruise ship was finally raised from beneath the sea this week, but it was UK-based diesel generator specialist, Dieselec Thistle, that provided the power back up behind the daring salvage operation.

The Glasgow-based company supplied the 5000kVA diesel generator system for the operation’s support vessel, ASV Pioneer, which was also built in the UK, at Fergusson Shipyard in Greenock, on the River Clyde. Comprising five 1000kVA generators, the system incorporates a complex Comap synchronising system, designed by Dieselec Thistle, which ensures that the five generators work seamlessly as a single power source, sharing the required power load across the equipment for the most efficient and reliable electrical supply.

Comments Dieselec Thistle’s sales director, Brian Muirie: “The raising of the Costa Concordia is the largest and most daring salvage operation anyone has ever attempted, taking 20 months to plan.  Righting the ship from its tilted position under 15 metres of water was the most perilous stage in a longer process that will involve moving and investigating the wreckage.  A reliable power supply has played an essential role in helping to turn the vessel to an upright position and we are proud to have been part of the infrastructure that enabled this impressive salvage operation to be so successful.”