It has been almost two and a half years since the infamous Italian cruise liner, the Costa Concordia, ran aground, with over 4200 passengers aboard. The unprecedented disaster cost the lives of 32 people, once of which, was never recovered from the sunken ship.
The salvage operation of the Concordia, is the biggest and most arduous maritime salvage operation in history. In the past two years, over 24 metric tonnes of debris have been recovered from the sea bed by the salvage workers, in a bid to minimise the environmental impact.
This morning the 114 Kilo-tonne vessel has been successfully raised from the platform it was resting on for the past year. The wreckage had been fitted with boxes on it’s side which drained water out of the ship, replacing it with compressed air, to keep it afloat. The Concordia will be resurfacing one deck at a time, with salvage workers cleaning debris as the ship rises.
The full operation will take approximately six to seven days, at the end of which, the cruise-liner will be towed 240km to the port of Genoa.
The ship captain is still undergoing trial for manslaughter, and abandoning ship before the passengers; crimes which he keeps denying to date.