Work to the refloat the wrecked Costa Concordia cruise ship will likely begin on Monday after Italian authorities gave the green light for the next step in the largest maritime salvage in history to begin.
Raising the 290-metre hulk from underwater platforms next to the Italian island of Giglio where it sank killing 32 people, should take six or seven days, the group organising the removal said.Then it is due to be towed to the northern port of Genoa where it will be scrapped.
The government's Civil Protection Department said that documentation submitted for the refloat of the defunct luxury liner was "valid", allowing it "to give the go-ahead for the operation.
The ship's captain, Francesco Schettino, is on trial accused of manslaughter, causing a shipwreck and abandoning ship. He is fighting the charges.