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.
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.
People stand on the beach as the capsized cruise liner Costa Concordia lies surrounded by cranes outside Giglio harbour on Tuesday. Prosecutors rejected a plea bargain offer by the captain of the cruise ship, which capsized off Italy’s west coast last year with the loss of 32 lives. Captain Francesco Schettino is accused of manslaughter, causing a shipwreck and abandoning ship.