Shipwrecked Costa Concordia floated successfully

Shipwrecked Costa Concordia floated successfully

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ISOLA DEL GIGLIO, ITALY - JULY 14: The wrecked ship Costa Concordia is seen having been raised by two meters during the refloating operations on July 14, 2014 in Isola del Giglio, Italy. On the first day of the operation the wreck will be partially refloated by 2 metres from the platfoms that support it and will be moved approximately 30 metres to the east. The wreck will then be kept in position by tugs and moored by anchors aft, with steel cables. The refloating operation is expected to take up to a week before being towed to the port of Genoa for dismantling. (Photo by Laura Lezza/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

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Posted on July 14, 2014 at 6:24 AM

Updated Monday, Jul 14 at 6:25 AM

GIGLIO, Italy (AP) - The shipwrecked Costa Concordia was successfully refloated Monday in preparation to be towed away for scrapping, 30 months after it struck a reef and capsized, killing 32 people.

Photos: Costa Concordia raised upright

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 Genova, where it will be scrapped, will cost a total of 1.5 billion euros ($2 billion), Costa Crociere SpA CEO Michael Tamm told reporters.

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 Genova 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 Genova," 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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