Wrecked Costa Concordia to be brought upright
The giant cruise liner Costa Concordia will be raised and then towed away to be broken up for scrap. If the weather conditions will be favorable, the Concordia's rotation - known as parbuckling, is expected to take place on Monday, September 16th.
The Costa Concordia sank off the coast of Tuscany, on January 13, 2012, thirty two people were killed and two passengers are still missing. Since the accident the huge cruise ship has been lying partly submerged in the shallow waters beside Giglio Island near Tuscany.
The 114,000-tonne ship will be lifted by a giant crane and then pulled onto the special underwater platform. The parbuckling operation will take about 15-20 hours and involves more than 500 salvors and engineers. As machines haul the wrecked ship and underwater cameras will comb the seabed, divers will look for the bodies of two missing passengers. A salvage operation is estimated to cost $600 million.