A salvage team tasked with removing the wreck of the Costa Concordia from its resting place off the coast of Giglio, Italy, is preparing to rotate the ship into an upright position after more than a year of preparation. As Jim Drury reports, the team will be using a technique known as parbuckling, never attempted on a vessel of this size before.
Italy has finally approved the unprecedented operation to set the stricken Costa Concordia cruise ship upright.
The country’s National Civil Protection Agency confirmed Friday that the operation will be carried out later this month, on schedule. They are only waiting on final safety documents at this point. An exact date cannot be given, as the operation depends on the sea conditions.
Once the now infamous Concordia is upright, it will be towed to a nearby port for dismantling.
The manslaughter trial of the Concordia's captain, Francesco Schettino, resumes on September 23.