Costa Concordia to be righted

Last updated 11:57 13/09/2013
Costa Landscape
Reuters

AERIAL VIEW: The Costa Concordia as it lies on its side next to Giglio Island.

Related Links

Costa Concordia wreck could remain till 2013 Costa Concordia captain apologises Costa Concordia 'helpless in seconds' Costa Concordia captain 'in fighting mood' Concordia survivors remember ship wreck Costa fined $1.5M for Concordia wreck Concordia captain seeks new plea deal

Relevant offers

Travel Troubles

Flights cancelled after Mexican volcano spews ash Wellington train cancellations spill into second day after tree crash Passengers storm airport tarmac after extensive flight delays Winter storm cancels 400 flights in North Carolina Tourist seriously injured in Spain's bullfighting festival Air India goofs up, cricket fans grounded Korean Air jet clips parked plane, still takes off Woman stung by scorpion on flight from LA Turbulence injures passengers on Hawaii-bound flight NZ pilots, crew tell of unruly midair behaviour

The hull of the Costa Concordia, the cruise ship that has been lying sideways off the Italian coast since a deadly accident last year, is set to be righted next week, a government official said.

The vessel ran aground near the island of Giglio, in Tuscany, in an accident that made world-wide news.

The plan is to rotate the hull upright, so that it can be refloated and towed to the mainland for dismantling.

Officials hope to complete operations during the first half of next year.

"For us the first possible date for the rotation of the Costa Concordia is September 16," the head of Italy's civil protection agency, Franco Gabrielli, said during a visit to Giglio.

Weather conditions will determine when the operations will start exactly, Gabrielli said, adding that the decision will be taken with one day's notice.

The Concordia hit a reef and partly sunk on January 13, 2012, killing 32 of its 4,229 passengers.

Captain Francesco Schettino, who is accused of having steered the ship close to the shore to please a crew member, is being tried for manslaughter and other crimes.

- MCT

Ad Feedback
Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content