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article imageEngineer: Costa Concordia will be towed from Giglio in June

By Marcus Hondro     Dec 15, 2013 in World
The engineer in charge of the salvage operation of the now-upright Costa Concordia said Saturday the ship could be removed from the shores of the island of Giglio in June. The ship must be "refloated" first as it now sits on an underwater platform.
Franco Porcellacchia told media and residents of Giglio that he is "extremely confident" they will have it refloated and ready to be towed away by June. It will be taken to an Italian port, possibly the port at Piombino, where it will be scrapped.
There are giant tanks affixed to one side of the Costa Concordia and those tanks played a role in getting the ship upright again, an operation completed in September. They are now working on putting matching tanks on the other side to enable the ship to float without sitting on the underwater platform.
The 114,500 tonnes ship went down on Jan. 13, 2012 and sits just 300 metres off the island. Thirty-two passengers and crew lost their lives when Captain Francesco Schettino took the Costa Concordia too close to shore so that he might salute a retired peer.
Schettino was charged with manslaughter, causing a shipwreck and abandoning his ship; his trial is now underway in Grosseto, Italy.
The capsized cruise liner Costa Concordia is seen at the end of the  parbuckling  operation outside ...
The capsized cruise liner Costa Concordia is seen at the end of the "parbuckling" operation outside Giglio harbor
With permission by Reuters
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