People watch as the wrecked cruise ship Costa Concordia is towed by tugs from Giglio after being refloated, in Isola del Giglio, Italy. The ship is bound for it’s home port of Genoa where it will be dismantled. The Costa Concordia capsized at the island of Giglio in 2012 killing 32 passengers.
The wreck of the Costa Concordia cruise ship, which was hauled upright in September but remained partially submerged, is slowly being refloated near the port of Giglio Island, Italy, on Monday. In one of the biggest maritime disasters, the vessel hit a reef and partly capsized on 13 January 2012, after being steered dangerously close to the island.
Francesco Schettino, centre, the captain of the Costa Concordia, speaks to reporters after going back on board the cruise liner at Giglio harbour on Thursday. Mr Schettino went back on board the cruise liner on Thursday for the first time since it sank with the loss of 32 lives just over two years ago, accompanying experts investigating the capsize.
A general view showing the shipwrecked cruise ship Costa Concordia in an upright position after the salvage operations in Giglio island on Tuesday. Salvage crews pulled off a major engineering feat when they straightened the listed Costa Concordia cruise ship from the rocks it had been wedged against for the past 20 months
The Costa Concordia ship lies on its side on the Tuscan Island of Giglio, Italy. Engineers on Monday succeeded in wresting the hull of the wrecked ship from the reef where it has been stuck since it capsized in January 2012. Never before has such an enormous cruise ship been righted and the crippled Concordia didn’t budge for the first three hours after the operation began, according Sergio Girotto, engineer.
The Costa Concordia cruise ship lies on its side in the Tuscan island of Isola del Giglio on Monday. Salvage crews are working against time to right and remove the Concordia, which is steadily compressing down on itself from sheer weight on to its granite seabed perch. Salvage master Nick Sloane said on Monday that the Concordia has compressed about 3 m since it came to rest on the rocks on January 13 2012 after ramming a jagged reef during a stunt ordered by the captain that cost the lives of 32 people.
Captian Francesco Schettino arrives for his trial, in Grosseto, Italy, on Tuesday. The trial of the captain of the shipwrecked Costa Concordia cruise liner has begun in a theatre converted into a courtroom in Tuscany to accommodate all the survivors and relatives of the 32 victims, who want to see justice carried out for the 2012 tragedy. The sole defendant, Capt Schettino, made no comment to reporters as he arrived at court on charges of multiple manslaughter, abandoning ship and causing the shipwreck near the island of Giglio. Domenico Pepe, his lawyer, told reporters that the judge was postponing the hearing due to an eight-day nationwide lawyers’ strike. Capt Schettino has denied wrongdoing