Dozens of pulleys are wrapped around the Costa Concordia's hull and they will start to hoist the ship at around three metres and hour.
The most dangerous part will be right at the start as they begin to move the vessel off the rocks it is resting on.
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.