Italy Set to Raise Costa Concordia

Unprecedented salvage operation will begin tomorrow

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Sep 15, 2013 9:03 AM CDT

(Newser) – Authorities have given the final go-ahead for a daring attempt tomorrow to pull upright the crippled Costa Concordia cruise liner from the waters off Tuscany where it capsized 20 months ago. Italy's national Civil Protection agency waited until sea and weather conditions were forecast for dawn tomorrow before giving the OK. In a statement today, the Civil Protection agency said conditions indicated it was all right to undertake the operation. Never before have engineers tried to right such a huge ship so close to land. If the operation succeeds, the Concordia will be towed and broken up for scrap.

Tow boats sail past the Costa Concordia ship as it lies on its side near the Tuscan Island of Giglio, Italy, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013.   (Andrew Medichini)
A lighthouse is seen in front of the Costa Concordia as it lies on its side, on the Tuscan Island of Giglio, Italy, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013. On Monday, Sept. 16, 2013 an international team of engineers...   (Andrew Medichini)
Workmen on a boat sail near the Costa Concordia ship as it lies on its side near the Tuscan Island of Giglio, Italy, Sunday, sept. 15, 2013. An international team of engineers is expected on Monday, Sept....   (Andrew Medichini)
The Costa Concordia ship lies on its side near the Tuscan Island of Giglio, Italy, Sunday, sept. 15, 2013. An international team of engineers is expected on Monday, Sept. 16 a to try a never-before attempted...   (Andrew Medichini)
People look at the Costa Concordia ship as it lies on its side from the deck of a ferry boat arriving at the Tuscan Island of Giglio, Italy, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013. An international team of engineers...   (Andrew Medichini)
Workers inspect the Costa Concordia ship as it lies on its side near the Tuscan Island of Giglio, Italy, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013. An international team of engineers is expected on Monday, Sept. 16 a to...   (Andrew Medichini)
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