Costa Concordia to be righted

The Costa Concordia is partially submerged in shallow water off the Tuscan island of Giglio. Credit: REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

Nearly two years after the Costa Concordia capsized off the Italian coast, killing 30 people, the vessel is set to be upright again.

Weather dependant, an operation is due to get underway on Monday to roll the ship off the seabed and onto underwater platforms.

Costa Concordia has lain partly submerged in shallow waters off the Tuscan island of Giglio since the accident in January 2012.

Workers will look for the bodies of two people, an Italian and an Indian unaccounted for since the disaster, as machines haul the 114,000-tonne ship upright and underwater cameras comb the seabed.

In July, five workers from the cruise firm that operated the Costa Concordia were jailed for manslaughter. The trial of the ship's captain Francesco Schettino, who stands accused of causing the accident, has been adjourned while further tests on the doomed ship are carried out.

Two people remain missing following the disaster, which claimed 30 lives. Credit: REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi
An aerial view of the submerged liner off the Italian coast. Credit: REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi
The cruise ship lies submerged off the coast of Giglio. Credit: REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi