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Norway firm supplied Costa Concordia salvage

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Norway firm supplied Costa Concordia salvage
The Costa Concordia cruise ship. Photo: Vincenzo Pinto/AFP
15:32 CEST+02:00
A Norwegian company supplied the chain used in the spectacular salvage operation of the Costa Concordia ferry in Italy this week.
Sotra Anchor & Chain, one of the world's largest marine chain suppliers, supplied the 1000 metre-long, four-tonne chain used to hold the barge which pulled the 290 metre-long cruise ship upright.  
 
Jan Vindenes, the company's general manager, said he has been "excited but not nervous" during the 19-hour operation. 
 
"It would have been a disaster of course," he said of the prospect of the chain snapping. "But it didn't happen and I was pretty confident it was strong enough." 
 
He refused to be drawn on how much of the record-breaking €600m cost of the salvage operation had gone on the chain.
 
"We made a nice profit," he said. "It's obviously not the biggest chain delivery in the world. It's not our biggest delivery this year either, but it was a nice order." 
 
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