Costa salvage effort complete

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.

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Pictures show completed Costa Concordia operation

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.

Water was pumped into the sponsons (the large metal containers on the side of ship) to help shift the cruise liner back onto its side. Credit: APTN
The Costa Concordia was wrecked in January 2012 after colliding with a rock off the coast of Isola del Giglio. Credit: APTN
Engineering boats surround the cruise liner after the successful operation. Credit: APTN

Costa Concordia salvage operation completed

The previously capsized cruise liner Costa Concordia is seen at the end of the "parbuckling" operation outside Giglio harbour this morning. Credit: Reuters

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.

Costa Concordia nearly fully upright

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 process could be complete within a few hours. Credit: Reuters
The ship appears to be only a few degrees off horizontal. Credit: Reuters

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Operation to raise Concordia not due to finish today

The raising of the Costa Concordia is not due to be finished today.

The operation is expected to run beyond midnight local time.

Salvage crew workers follow an operation to raise the capsized cruise liner. Credit: Reuters

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.

Concordia operation halfway through first phase

People look on as the capsized cruise liner Costa Concordia lies on its side next to Giglio Island Credit: Reuters

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.

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