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Refloating The Costa Concordia

Refloating Of The Costa Concordia
Refloating Of The Costa Concordia
A picture shows the wreck of the Costa Concordia cruise ship starting being lifted out of water during an operation to refloat the boat on July 14, 2014 off the Giglio Island. Over two and a half years after it crashed off the island of Giglio in a nighttime disaster which left 32 people dead, the plan is to raise and tow away the 114,500-tonne vessel in an unprecedented and delicate operation for its final journey to the shipyard where it was built in the port of Genoa. (Photo credit GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP/Getty Images)
Refloating Of The Costa Concordia
Refloating Of The Costa Concordia
A picture shows the rescue boat Cdt. Fourcault (L) that will follow the refloated wreck of the Costa Concordia cruise ship on July 15, 2014 on the second day of the operation to remove the ship off the coast of Giglio Island. "The ship is floating and is well balanced. We're extremely pleased so far," Franco Porcellacchia, the chief engineer of the project, told reporters as the wrecked vessel -- the length of three football fields -- inched upwards. Over two and a half years after it crashed off the island of Giglio in a nighttime disaster which left 32 people dead, the plan is to raise and tow away the 114,500-tonne vessel in an unprecedented and delicate operation for its final journey to the shipyard where it was built in the port of Genoa. (Photo GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP/Getty Images)
Refloating Of The Costa Concordia
Refloating Of The Costa Concordia
A picture shows the wreck of the Costa Concordia cruise ship starting being lifted out of water during an operation to refloat the boat on July 14, 2014 off the Giglio Island. Over two and a half years after it crashed off the island of Giglio in a nighttime disaster which left 32 people dead, the plan is to raise and tow away the 114,500-tonne vessel in an unprecedented and delicate operation for its final journey to the shipyard where it was built in the port of Genoa. AFP PHOTO / GIUSEPPE CACACE/GETTY IMAGES
Refloating Of The Costa Concordia
Refloating Of The Costa Concordia
A tug boat pulls the wreck of the Costa Concordia cruise ship during an operation to refloat the boat on July 14, 2014 off the Giglio Island. Over two and a half years after it crashed off the island of Giglio in a nighttime disaster which left 32 people dead, the plan is to raise and tow away the 114,500-tonne vessel in an unprecedented and delicate operation for its final journey to the shipyard where it was built in the port of Genoa. (Photo GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP/Getty Images)
Refloating Of The Costa Concordia
Refloating Of The Costa Concordia
A tug boat pulls the wreck of the Costa Concordia cruise ship during an operation to refloat the boat on July 14, 2014 off the Giglio Island. Over two and a half years after it crashed off the island of Giglio in a nighttime disaster which left 32 people dead, the plan is to raise and tow away the 114,500-tonne vessel in an unprecedented and delicate operation for its final journey to the shipyard where it was built in the port of Genoa. (Photo gIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP/Getty Images)
Refloating Of The Costa Concordia
Refloating Of The Costa Concordia
A picture shows water marks on the caissons hooked on the wreck of the Costa Concordia cruise ship during an operation to refloat the boat on July 14, 2014 off the Giglio Island. Over two and a half years after it crashed off the island of Giglio in a nighttime disaster which left 32 people dead, the plan is to raise and tow away the 114,500-tonne vessel in an unprecedented and delicate operation for its final journey to the shipyard where it was built in the port of Genoa. (Photo VINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images)
IRefloating Of The Costa Concordia
IRefloating Of The Costa Concordia
A general view shows the wreck of the Costa Concordia cruise ship and tug boats during an operation to refloat the boat on July 14, 2014 off the Giglio Island. Over two and a half years after it crashed off the island of Giglio in a nighttime disaster which left 32 people dead, the plan is to raise and tow away the 114,500-tonne vessel in an unprecedented and delicate operation for its final journey to the shipyard where it was built in the port of Genoa. Photo VINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images)
Work Begins On The Refloating Of The Costa Concordia
Work Begins On The Refloating Of The Costa Concordia
ISOLA DEL GIGLIO, ITALY - JULY 14: The wrecked ship Costa Concordia is seen after the succesfully 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)
Work Begins On The Refloating Of The Costa Concordia
Work Begins On The Refloating Of The Costa Concordia
ISOLA DEL GIGLIO, ITALY - JULY 14: The wrecked ship Costa Concordia is seen after the succesfully 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)
Work Begins On The Refloating Of The Costa Concordia
Work Begins On The Refloating Of The Costa Concordia
ISOLA DEL GIGLIO, ITALY - JULY 14: The wrecked ship Costa Concordia is seen after the succesfully 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)
Work Begins On The Refloating Of The Costa Concordia
Work Begins On The Refloating Of The Costa Concordia
ISOLA DEL GIGLIO, ITALY - JULY 14: The wrecked ship Costa Concordia is seen after the succesfully 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)
Work Begins On The Refloating Of The Costa Concordia
Work Begins On The Refloating Of The Costa Concordia
ISOLA DEL GIGLIO, ITALY - JULY 14: The wrecked ship Costa Concordia is seen after the succesfully 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)
Work Begins On The Refloating Of The Costa Concordia
Work Begins On The Refloating Of The Costa Concordia
ISOLA DEL GIGLIO, ITALY - JULY 14: The wrecked ship Costa Concordia is seen after the succesfully 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)
Work Begins On The Refloating Of The Costa Concordia
Work Begins On The Refloating Of The Costa Concordia
ISOLA DEL GIGLIO, ITALY - JULY 14: The distance between the Towers and the wrecked ship Costa Concordia is seen after succesfull 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)
Work Begins On The Refloating Of The Costa Concordia
Work Begins On The Refloating Of The Costa Concordia
ISOLA DEL GIGLIO, ITALY - JULY 14: The wrecked ship Costa Concordia is seen after the succesfull 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)
Refloating Of The Costa Concordia
Refloating Of The Costa Concordia
A picture shows the refloated wreck of the Costa Concordia cruise ship on July 15, 2014 off the Giglio Island. "The ship is floating and is well balanced. We're extremely pleased so far," Franco Porcellacchia, the chief engineer of the project, told reporters as the wrecked vessel -- the length of three football fields -- inched upwards. Over two and a half years after it crashed off the island of Giglio in a nighttime disaster which left 32 people dead, the plan is to raise and tow away the 114,500-tonne vessel in an unprecedented and delicate operation for its final journey to the shipyard where it was built in the port of Genoa. (Photo credit GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP/Getty Images)
Refloating Of The Costa Concordia
Refloating Of The Costa Concordia
A small boat with tourists passes by the refloated wreck of the Costa Concordia cruise ship on July 15, 2014 on the second day of the operation to remove the ship off the coast of Giglio Island. "The ship is floating and is well balanced. We're extremely pleased so far," Franco Porcellacchia, the chief engineer of the project, told reporters as the wrecked vessel -- the length of three football fields -- inched upwards. Over two and a half years after it crashed off the island of Giglio in a nighttime disaster which left 32 people dead, the plan is to raise and tow away the 114,500-tonne vessel in an unprecedented and delicate operation for its final journey to the shipyard where it was built in the port of Genoa. (Photo GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP/Getty Images)
Refloating Of The Costa Concordia
Refloating Of The Costa Concordia
A small boat with members of the salvage team, approaches the refloated wreck of the Costa Concordia cruise ship on July 15, 2014 on the second day of the operation to remove the ship off the coast of Giglio Island. "The ship is floating and is well balanced. We're extremely pleased so far," Franco Porcellacchia, the chief engineer of the project, told reporters as the wrecked vessel -- the length of three football fields -- inched upwards. Over two and a half years after it crashed off the island of Giglio in a nighttime disaster which left 32 people dead, the plan is to raise and tow away the 114,500-tonne vessel in an unprecedented and delicate operation for its final journey to the shipyard where it was built in the port of Genoa. (Photo GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP/Getty Images)
Refloating Of The Costa Concordia
Refloating Of The Costa Concordia
A small boat with members of the salvage team, approaches the refloated wreck of the Costa Concordia cruise ship on July 15, 2014 on the second day of the operation to remove the ship off the coast of Giglio Island. "The ship is floating and is well balanced. We're extremely pleased so far," Franco Porcellacchia, the chief engineer of the project, told reporters as the wrecked vessel -- the length of three football fields -- inched upwards. Over two and a half years after it crashed off the island of Giglio in a nighttime disaster which left 32 people dead, the plan is to raise and tow away the 114,500-tonne vessel in an unprecedented and delicate operation for its final journey to the shipyard where it was built in the port of Genoa. (Photo GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP/Getty Images)
Refloating Of The Costa Concordia
Refloating Of The Costa Concordia
Men work on floating booms near the refloated wreck of the Costa Concordia cruise ship on July 15, 2014 on the second day of the operation to remove the ship off the coast of Giglio Island. "The ship is floating and is well balanced. We're extremely pleased so far," Franco Porcellacchia, the chief engineer of the project, told reporters as the wrecked vessel -- the length of three football fields -- inched upwards. Over two and a half years after it crashed off the island of Giglio in a nighttime disaster which left 32 people dead, the plan is to raise and tow away the 114,500-tonne vessel in an unprecedented and delicate operation for its final journey to the shipyard where it was built in the port of Genoa. (Photo GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP/Getty Images)
Refloating Of The Costa Concordia
Refloating Of The Costa Concordia
A general view shows houses of Giglio and the refloated wreck of the Costa Concordia cruise ship on July 15, 2014 on the second day of the operation to remove the ship off the coast of Giglio Island. "The ship is floating and is well balanced. We're extremely pleased so far," Franco Porcellacchia, the chief engineer of the project, told reporters as the wrecked vessel -- the length of three football fields -- inched upwards. Over two and a half years after it crashed off the island of Giglio in a nighttime disaster which left 32 people dead, the plan is to raise and tow away the 114,500-tonne vessel in an unprecedented and delicate operation for its final journey to the shipyard where it was built in the port of Genoa. (Photo VINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images)
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ITALY-SHIPPING-TOURISM-DISASTER-SALVAGE
A general view shows the steeple of Giglio and the refloated wreck of the Costa Concordia cruise ship on July 15, 2014 on the second day of the operation to remove the ship off the coast of Giglio Island. "The ship is floating and is well balanced. We're extremely pleased so far," Franco Porcellacchia, the chief engineer of the project, told reporters as the wrecked vessel -- the length of three football fields -- inched upwards. Over two and a half years after it crashed off the island of Giglio in a nighttime disaster which left 32 people dead, the plan is to raise and tow away the 114,500-tonne vessel in an unprecedented and delicate operation for its final journey to the shipyard where it was built in the port of Genoa. AFP PHOTO / VINCENZO PINTO (Photo credit should read VINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images)
Refloating Of The Costa Concordia
Refloating Of The Costa Concordia
A general view shows houses of Giglio and the refloated wreck of the Costa Concordia cruise ship on July 15, 2014 on the second day of the operation to remove the ship off the coast of Giglio Island. "The ship is floating and is well balanced. We're extremely pleased so far," Franco Porcellacchia, the chief engineer of the project, told reporters as the wrecked vessel -- the length of three football fields -- inched upwards. Over two and a half years after it crashed off the island of Giglio in a nighttime disaster which left 32 people dead, the plan is to raise and tow away the 114,500-tonne vessel in an unprecedented and delicate operation for its final journey to the shipyard where it was built in the port of Genoa. (Photo VINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images)
Refloating Of The Costa Concordia
Refloating Of The Costa Concordia
A general view shows an Italian national flag on a rooftop of Giglio and the refloated wreck of the Costa Concordia cruise ship on July 15, 2014 on the second day of the operation to remove the ship off the coast of Giglio Island. "The ship is floating and is well balanced. We're extremely pleased so far," Franco Porcellacchia, the chief engineer of the project, told reporters as the wrecked vessel -- the length of three football fields -- inched upwards. Over two and a half years after it crashed off the island of Giglio in a nighttime disaster which left 32 people dead, the plan is to raise and tow away the 114,500-tonne vessel in an unprecedented and delicate operation for its final journey to the shipyard where it was built in the port of Genoa. (Photo VINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images)
Refloating Of The Costa Concordia
Refloating Of The Costa Concordia
A general view shows an Italian national flag on a rooftop of Giglio and the refloated wreck of the Costa Concordia cruise ship on July 15, 2014 on the second day of the operation to remove the ship off the coast of Giglio Island. "The ship is floating and is well balanced. We're extremely pleased so far," Franco Porcellacchia, the chief engineer of the project, told reporters as the wrecked vessel -- the length of three football fields -- inched upwards. Over two and a half years after it crashed off the island of Giglio in a nighttime disaster which left 32 people dead, the plan is to raise and tow away the 114,500-tonne vessel in an unprecedented and delicate operation for its final journey to the shipyard where it was built in the port of Genoa. (Photo VINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images)
Refloating Of The Costa Concordia
Refloating Of The Costa Concordia
A picture shows the rescue boat Cdt. Fourcault that will follow the refloated wreck of the Costa Concordia cruise ship on July 15, 2014 on the second day of the operation to remove the ship off the coast of Giglio Island. "The ship is floating and is well balanced. We're extremely pleased so far," Franco Porcellacchia, the chief engineer of the project, told reporters as the wrecked vessel -- the length of three football fields -- inched upwards. Over two and a half years after it crashed off the island of Giglio in a nighttime disaster which left 32 people dead, the plan is to raise and tow away the 114,500-tonne vessel in an unprecedented and delicate operation for its final journey to the shipyard where it was built in the port of Genoa. (Photo GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP/Getty Images)
Refloating Of The Costa Concordia
Refloating Of The Costa Concordia
A picture shows the rescue boat Cdt. Fourcault that will follow the refloated wreck of the Costa Concordia cruise ship on July 15, 2014 on the second day of the operation to remove the ship off the coast of Giglio Island. "The ship is floating and is well balanced. We're extremely pleased so far," Franco Porcellacchia, the chief engineer of the project, told reporters as the wrecked vessel -- the length of three football fields -- inched upwards. Over two and a half years after it crashed off the island of Giglio in a nighttime disaster which left 32 people dead, the plan is to raise and tow away the 114,500-tonne vessel in an unprecedented and delicate operation for its final journey to the shipyard where it was built in the port of Genoa. (Photo GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP/Getty Images)
Refloating Of The Costa Concordia
Refloating Of The Costa Concordia
A picture shows the rescue boat Cdt. Fourcault (L) that will follow the refloated wreck of the Costa Concordia cruise ship on July 15, 2014 on the second day of the operation to remove the ship off the coast of Giglio Island. "The ship is floating and is well balanced. We're extremely pleased so far," Franco Porcellacchia, the chief engineer of the project, told reporters as the wrecked vessel -- the length of three football fields -- inched upwards. Over two and a half years after it crashed off the island of Giglio in a nighttime disaster which left 32 people dead, the plan is to raise and tow away the 114,500-tonne vessel in an unprecedented and delicate operation for its final journey to the shipyard where it was built in the port of Genoa. (Photo GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP/Getty Images)
Refloating Of The Costa Concordia
Refloating Of The Costa Concordia
A general view shows the steeple of Giglio with the refloated wreck of the Costa Concordia cruise ship in the background on July 16, 2014 on the third day of the operation to remove the ship off the coast of Giglio Island. "The ship is floating and is well balanced. We're extremely pleased so far," Franco Porcellacchia, the chief engineer of the project, told reporters as the wrecked vessel -- the length of three football fields -- inched upwards. Over two and a half years after it crashed off the island of Giglio in a nighttime disaster which left 32 people dead, the plan is to raise and tow away the 114,500-tonne vessel in an unprecedented and delicate operation for its final journey to the shipyard where it was built in the port of Genoa. (PhotoGIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP/Getty Images)
Refloating Of The Costa Concordia
Refloating Of The Costa Concordia
A photo shows an Italian national flag hanged on a rooftop with the refloated wreck of the Costa Concordia cruise ship in the background on July 16, 2014 on the third day of the operation to remove the ship off the coast of Giglio Island. "The ship is floating and is well balanced. We're extremely pleased so far," Franco Porcellacchia, the chief engineer of the project, told reporters as the wrecked vessel -- the length of three football fields -- inched upwards. Over two and a half years after it crashed off the island of Giglio in a nighttime disaster which left 32 people dead, the plan is to raise and tow away the 114,500-tonne vessel in an unprecedented and delicate operation for its final journey to the shipyard where it was built in the port of Genoa. (Photo GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP/Getty Images)
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