Discovery Channel is to document the recovery of the Costa Concordia, the capsized cruise ship off the coast of Italy, with the forthcoming Inside Raising the Concordia.
Produced by Darlow Smithson, the special will air on Discovery Channel across 220 countries and territories on September 20, airing in the U.S. at 10 p.m. EST/PST.
The one-hour special will look at the salvage operation for the ship and follow the engineers tasked with rotating it into an upright position and removing it from the sea. Inside Raising the Concordia also promises insiders’ accounts of what happened on the ship in January 2012.
In addition, on September 18, Discovery will make never-before-seen time-lapse footage of the ship’s recovery available via Discovery.com/raisingtheconcordia.
“In terms of the size of the operation, basically you could take all the other salvage operations I’ve been involved in and times them by 10,” said Nick Sloane, the project’s senior salvage master. “It’s the biggest salvage operation by a long way.”
Howard Swartz serves as executive producer for Discovery.