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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.
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.
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.
Engineering boats surround the cruise liner after the successful operation. Credit: APTN

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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.

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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

How the parbuckling process to right the Costa works

Costa Concordia righting could be done in four hours

by - Europe Correspondent

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.

Operation to raise Concordia not due to finish today

by - Europe Correspondent

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.

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Concordia operation halfway through first phase

by - Europe Correspondent
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.

How the parbuckling process to right the Costa works

The process to right the Costa Concordia is known as parbuckling, a technical term for rotating a sunken vessel back into an upright position.

The operation involves engineers using jacks and steel pulleys to rotate the ship by 65 degrees.

Engineers use jacks and steels pulleys to rotate the ship by 65 degrees.

Hollow metal boxes, which have been welded to the side of the ship, will be filled with water to help bring the Costa Concordia upright.

Once it is upright, engineers hope to attach an equal number of tanks filled with water on the other side to balance the ship.

Hollow metal boxes, which have been welded to the side of the ship, will be filled with water to help bring the Costa Concordia upright.

The ship will eventually rest on a false seabed around 30 metres underwater, made out of a platform and cement-filled sandbags

The ship will eventually rest on a false seabed around 30 metres underwater.

Giglio islanders watch Costa Concordia salvage attempt

Giglio islanders have turned out to watch the removal of the shipwrecked Costa Concordia from their shoreline, almost two years after it capsized there.

Giglio islanders watch as a team attempt to right the capsized Costa Concordia. Credit: Reuters
The Costa Concordia capsized off the coast of Italy nearly two years ago. Credit: Reuters
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