Everything is so far going smoothly. Operations have been underway for eight minutes and there is a pull of 2,000 tonnes now on the ship. This will increase by 200 tons a time.
Robotic cameras are monitoring the strain the pull is putting on the vessel to be sure it can take the strain.
This is most difficult part of the operation as they try and raise the ship off the rocks it's trapped on. Underwater cameras are guiding the work.
The brother of a waiter whose body has not been recovered from the Costa Concordia, hopes the search team will find his remains.
The operation to shift the stricken Costa Concordia ship from the rocks off the Italian island of Giglio has been completed.
Engineers successfully shifted the wreckage of the stricken ship from rocks, but the salvage operation is expected to go on into the night.