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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'It will take time' to see change in Costa position

The Costa Concordia capsized off the coast of Italy nearly two years ago. Credit: RTV

Engineering teams have begun lifting the shipwrecked Costa Concordia but "visually it will take some time" to see any difference.

Sergio Girotto, project manager for the Italian salvage firm Micoperi, said: "The inclination is progressive and of course after each step we'll carry out controls both underwater and via our cameras and we'll monitor the behaviour and the angle of the ship, which should start moving.

"Visually it will take some time before you'll see a difference but nonetheless the operation has started and everything is going well."

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The Costa Concordia in numbers

  • The Costa Concordia capsized off the Italian island of Giglio on January 13 2012 after it struck rocks.
  • Thirty-two people were killed in the disaster and two bodies are still missing.
  • The reef sliced a 70-metre long gash into what is now the exposed side of the hull, letting seawater rush in.
  • The salvage team will attempt to rotate the ship by 65 degrees so it can eventually be towed.
  • The ship is the length of three football pitches and weighs 114,000 tonnes.
  • The project has cost £500 million to date.

Company behind Costa Concordia 'needs looking at'

The company behind capsized cruise ship Costa Concordia is just as responsible for the accident which killed at least 30 people, a survivor of the 2012 disaster has said.

Survivor John Rodford said former captain Francesco Schettino had "obviously done wrong" but felt the ship should not have been at sea in the first place.

Mr Rodford was on board with his wife celebrating his wedding anniversary when the cruise ship capsized in January last year.

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Costa Concordia salvage attempt has three phases

There will be three main phases to remove the wreckage of the Costa Concordia cruise liner:

  • Detaching the wreckage from the reef - expected to take one to two hours
  • Shortening the cables used by engineers - five hours
  • Rotating the vessel - 12 hours

The process will be monitored from the control room using robots and video and no one will be on the ship, Civil Protection Agency spokeswoman Francesca Maffini said.

Costa Concordia salvage attempt given go-ahead

Italian authorities have given the final go-ahead for a daring attempt to pull upright the crippled Costa Concordia cruise liner from its side in the waters off Tuscany.

Cruise ship the Costa Concordia capsized on January 13 last year. Credit: Miriam Schmidt/DPA/Press Association Images

The ship capsized 20 months ago, and Italy's national Civil Protection Agency have waited until sea and weather conditions were forecast for dawn tomorrow before making the final decision.

Never before have engineers tried to right such a huge ship so close to land.

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