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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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.