Too soon to name scrap site for Concordia, minister says
'Piombino ideal' but Palermo, Naples, Genoa in the running18 September, 14:03
(ANSA) - Rome, September 18 - Italy's environment minister on Wednesday said it was too soon to say which city will host the lucrative scrapping operation of the wrecked Costa Concordia cruise ship. "Piombino is the ideal port in terms of proximity," said Andrea Orlando, referring to the Tuscan port town close to the wreck site off the coast of Giglio Island. "But the discussion is premature," he added, contradicting statements from the transport ministry that Piombino was the only destination. Since the wreckage was successfully righted early Tuesday, talk in Italy has shifted to the two-year scrapping operation of the massive ship, twice the size of the Titanic. Palermo, Civitavecchia, Genoa and Naples have each been cited as possible host cities in addition to Piombino.