The wreck of the ill-fated Costa Concordia cruise liner is set to be towed away after two and a half years underwater, off the Tuscan holiday island of Giglio.
The 290-metre ship was righted and secured in a complex operation last September.
With the arrival of the summer weather it is now due to be towed to Genoa to be broken up for scrap.
The "monumental" operation to re-float and remove the wrecked Costa Concordia cruise ship will start in the next few days.
The project is set to cost £190 million and to take up to a year to complete.