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
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)

(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.

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Sep 16, 2013 3:06 AM CDT
If one compares the Costa Concordia to the Titanic, you can appreciate the fact that after a collision ripped a hole in the hull, the captain of the Concordia had the good sense to BEACH the ship so it sank onto a ledge If the skipper of the Titanic had turned the ship around and run it up onto the iceberg it may have given more time for help to arrive before the Titanic floundered, for it sank by the bow first and if it had been run agound onto an iceberg or at least laid across the icebergs flanks (90% of an iceberg is below surface) it may have kept the bow lifted and not tilt downward where water would cross over internal bulkhead barriers. Just sayin' cuz' the skipper of Concordia gets NO CREDIT for his good sense to run the ship aground so it would NOT sink and lose more lives than it did. All we hear is he abandoned ship after a stupid maneuver.
Sep 15, 2013 6:42 PM CDT
Nick Sloane, the South African salvage master in charge of the salvage, is putting the odds of success at 90%
Sep 15, 2013 6:16 PM CDT
This will be either one of the greatest ever epics of salvage or one of the worst salvage fvckups in history. Either way, it will be spectacular and well worth a watch. And you can call me..................Mr Joshua