Costa Concordia salvage to go ahead

2013-09-15 16:10
Salvage team members work at the rock on the side of the Costa Concordia cruise ship near the harbour of Giglio Porto. (Vincenzo Pinto, AFP)

Salvage team members work at the rock on the side of the Costa Concordia cruise ship near the harbour of Giglio Porto. (Vincenzo Pinto, AFP)

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Rome - Italian officials have given the go-ahead for an unprecedented salvage operation to lift the 114 500-ton Costa Concordia cruise ship from its side on Monday.

"Parbuckling operations of the Costa Concordia will begin tomorrow," the civil protection agency, which is overseeing the €600m project, said in a statement on Sunday.

Parbuckling is the technical term for lifting a ship that is lying on its side into a vertical position, with later plans to refloat the cruise liner and tow it away.

Salvage workers say the ship has to be removed as soon as possible before autumn storms further weaken the hull, 20 months after the giant luxury liner crashed and keeled over just off the tiny island of Giglio in Tuscany, claiming 32 lives.

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