Timelapse footage taken at the scene of the successful Costa Concordia salvage operation shows the dramatic effort to move the stricken cruise liner onto its side.
The operation to shift the stricken Costa Concordia ship from the rocks off the Italian island of Giglio has been completed.
The head of Italy's civil protection authority confirmed it took 19 hours to raise the capsized cruise liner onto its side.
The Costa Concordia salvage operation has been completed, the head of Italy's civil protection authority announced.
It took engineers 19 hours to raise the ship from its side.
"We are now ready to move to the next steps," engineers announced.
The Costa Concordia appears to be close to fully upright following a 20-hour process to shift the stricken cruise liner.
"Everything is going on according to plan," said the last operational update.
The Costa Concordia salvage operation is now into the final stage of the recovery and the ship is at a 24 degree rotation.
Water is going into the sponsons (the large metal containers on the side of ship).
Engineers say everything is going smoothly and they are very pleased with the way the salvage is going.
It may just be four hours now until it is complete.
The raising of the Costa Concordia is not due to be finished today.
The operation is expected to run beyond midnight local time.
It was initially estimated that the project would take 12 hours, but the salvage team are thought to be happy if it takes between 15 and 18 hours.
However, the weather is due to deteriorate from 10pm local time.
The operation to salvage the Costa Concordia is halfway through the first phase and is continuing smoothly.
The shipwrecked ship has now completed 10 degrees of rotation and is totally off the rocks.
The second phase will prove far trickier as this is when the tanks are filled with water to sit on the false seabed.