The ship’s bell on the Costa Concordia has gone missing. According to Reuters, “underwater thieves have evaded an array of laser systems that measure millimetric shifts in the Costa Concordia shipwreck and 24-hour surveillance by the Italian coast guard and police to haul off a symbolic booty – the ship’s bell…. Judicial sources said on Thursday thieves nabbed the ship’s bell more than two weeks ago from one of the decks of the Costa Concordia, which is submerged in 8 metres (26 feet) of water.”
Reuters also reports that Peter Berdowski, CEO of the Dutch dredging and maritime services company, Boskalis, says that the cost of refloating the Costa Concordia intact from the ledge where the ship is now perched off the island of Giglio, will cost ”far beyond 100 million” Euros. The ship was delivered in 2006 at a cost of €450 million. Boskalis is one of six companies bidding on the salvage of the sunken cruise ship. Thanks to Phil Leon for contributing to this post.