Survivors Mark 1 Year Since Costa Concordia

Ship still sits off Italian coast awaiting salvage operation

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 13, 2013 7:32 AM CST

(Newser) – Part of the massive rock that ripped through the hull of the Costa Concordia a year ago today was returned to the sea bearing a plaque memorializing the 32 victims that died in the wreck. That tribute led memorial services today, as survivors and victims' families returned to the site of the overturned cruise ship, reports Sky News, though some survivors were asked not to attend because the small island near the wreck was crowded.

A year later, Captain Francesco Schettino remains charged with manslaughter and jailed, but has yet to go to trial. The ship itself—which weighs twice as much as the Titanic—still sits on its side off of Italy's Tuscan coast, and the operation to remove it has been delayed til September and will top $400 million, in the biggest venture of its kind. Some 400 engineers are working to right the 11-story ship so that it can be towed to port and dismantled—a process that could itself take two years.

Relatives of the 32 victims of the Costa Concordia shipwreck aboard a ferry approach the Costa Concordia shipwreck off Isola del Giglio, Italy, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013.
Relatives of the 32 victims of the Costa Concordia shipwreck aboard a ferry approach the Costa Concordia shipwreck off Isola del Giglio, Italy, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013.   (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Relatives of the 32 victims of the Costa Concordia shipwreck, aboard a ferry pass near the ship off Isola del Giglio, Italy, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013.
Relatives of the 32 victims of the Costa Concordia shipwreck, aboard a ferry pass near the ship off Isola del Giglio, Italy, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013.   (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Italian Coast Guard Capt. Gregorio De Falco, left, arrives on the Tuscan Island Isola del Giglio, Italy, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013.
Italian Coast Guard Capt. Gregorio De Falco, left, arrives on the Tuscan Island Isola del Giglio, Italy, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013.   (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Flowers laid by relatives of the 32 victims of the Costa Concordia shipwreck float on the sea off the Tuscan Island of Isola del Giglio, Italy, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013.
Flowers laid by relatives of the 32 victims of the Costa Concordia shipwreck float on the sea off the Tuscan Island of Isola del Giglio, Italy, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013.   (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
The Costa Concordia cruise ship leans on its side of the Tuscan Island Isola del Giglio, Italy, Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013.
The Costa Concordia cruise ship leans on its side of the Tuscan Island Isola del Giglio, Italy, Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013.   (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
The cruise ship Costa Concordia is seen from a street of the Tuscan island of Giglio, Italy, Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013.
The cruise ship Costa Concordia is seen from a street of the Tuscan island of Giglio, Italy, Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013.   (AP Photo/Paolo Santalucia)
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