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Costa Concordia Refloating: Shipwrecked Vessel Righted for Tow to Genoa

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The wrecked ship Costa Concordia with is seen during the refloating operations on July 14, 2014 in Isola del Giglio, Italy.

By    |   Monday, 14 Jul 2014 11:30 AM

The Costa Concordia was refloated Monday, 30 months after the ill-fated cruise liner struck a reef and capsized, killing 32 people. The vessel will now be towed away for scrapping, The Associated Press reported.

Authorities expressed satisfaction that the operation to float the Concordia from an underwater platform had proceeded without a hitch. Technicians were preparing to shift it some 30 meters (yards) and then anchor the massive cruise ship before ending the day's operations.

The entire operation to remove the Concordia from the reef and float it to Genoa, where it will be scrapped, will cost a total of 1.5 billion euros ($2 billion), Costa Crociere SpA CEO Michael Tamm told reporters.

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The heavily listing ship was dragged upright in a daring maneuver last September, and then crews fastened huge tanks to its flanks to float it. Towing is set to begin July 21. It's about 200 nautical miles (320 kilometers) to Genoa and the trip is expected to take five days.

"The operation began well, but it will be completed only when we have finished the transport to Genoa," Italian Environment Minister Gian Luca Galletti told reporters Monday.

Concordia's Italian captain is being tried in Tuscany for manslaughter, causing the shipwreck and abandoning ship before all were evacuated.

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The Costa Concordia was refloated Monday, 30 months after the ill-fated cruise liner struck a reef and capsized, killing 32 people. The vessel will now be towed away for scrapping, The Associated Press reported.
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