Giglio islanders have turned out to watch the removal of the shipwrecked Costa Concordia from their shoreline, almost two years after it capsized there.
Experts fear the operation to salvage the stricken Costa Concordia could pollute the water as rotting food and chemicals seep out.
According to the Daily Telegraph, onboard the capsized ship there is:
- More than 24,000lbs of fish
- Nearly 5,500lbs of cheese
- 1,500 gallons of ice cream in tubs
- 24,000lbs of pasta
- 2,000lbs of onions
- More than 2,000 pots of jam
- Nearly 17,000 tea bags
- 17,000lbs of raw beef
- Nearly 11,000 eggs
- 2,346 hot dog buns
- 815lbs of rabbit meat
- More than 1,000 gallons of milk
- 18,000 bottles of wine
- 22,000 cans of Coca-Cola
- 1,000 bottles of extra virgin olive oil
- 46,000 miniature bottles of spirits
Julian Druker, a reporter for 5 News, tweeted from Italy where he is watching the Costa Concordia being lifted:
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."
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.