Satellite imagery and 3D model of the cruise ship Costa Concordia

By now you’ve likely heard all about the wreck of the Costa Concordia, the cruise liner crashed off the Tuscan coast last Friday, killing at least 11 passengers.
DigitalGlobe has since captured aerial imagery of the site of the wreck, which can be found in their gallery or viewed below.


I’ve added that image to Google Earth as an image overlay, which you can view by downloading this KML file.
Another great way to view the ship is thanks to Paul van Dinther from A few years ago we showed you the amazing collection of cruise ships that Paul created for One of the ships that Paul created for that project happened to be the Costa Concordia.

Since he had a 3D model of the ship and the skills to make some great tours, Paul put together this short video showing a bit about what happened.

Thanks to the generosity of the folks at, they’ve allowed Paul and to release a full KMZ file of the stricken ship, which you can download in this KMZ file. Paul’s model is amazingly accurate, and he includes various notes in the file to show the path of the ship.
Great work, Paul!

About Mickey Mellen

Mickey has been using Google Earth since it was released in 2005, and has created a variety of geo-related sites including Google Earth Hacks. He runs a web design firm in Marietta, GA, where he lives with his wife and two kids.


  1. The images, models and reports have already been showcased in the GEC.

  2. Dinghy Girl says:

    That the ship should vary from course to the extent this dio indicates ~ Captian should be held in prison f/ very long time! It is criminal! What the responsibility of the officer on watch?

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