Costa Concordia

Capsized cruise ship salvage operation begins

BBC News: The operation to salvage the stricken cruise ship Costa Concordia is now under way off the coast of Italy, 20 months after it ran aground in January 2012.

The process to right the ship is expected to take up to 12 hours.

Photo: An aerial view shows the Costa Concordia as it lies on its side next to Giglio Island taken from an Italian navy helicopter August 26, 2013. (Alessandro Bianchi / Reuters)
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The stunning salvaging of the Costa Concordia

Admirers of mind-boggling engineering feats take note: Above is just a peek at the extensive effort undertaken to raise the wrecked Costa Concordia from the Italian coast.

Our own Tom Kington has the story on the salvage effort, but for now, we’re just going to look at those crazy photos.

Photos: Andrea Sinibaldi / Associated Press, Vincenzo Pinto / AFP

ITALY, Isola del Giglio : Photo shows the Costa Concordia cruise ship after being refloated using air tanks attached to its sides on July 22, 2014 at Giglio Island. The Costa Concordia is due to be towed away on July 23, 2014 from Giglio Island, where it crashed on the night of January 13, 2012 in a disaster that killed 32 people. The ship’s final journey for scrapping in the port of Genoa in northwest Italy is set to take four days. AFP PHOTO / ANDREAS SOLARO

Costa Concordia now fully upright

NBC News: The stricken cruise liner Costa Concordia is now sitting upright in waters off the Italian island of Giglio after an operation to set her right.

A series of jacks and cables helped engineers haul the 114,500 ton vessel into a seaworthy position, exposing severe damage and discoloration of the ship’s side.

Photo: Costa Concordia (AFP/Vincenzo Pinto)

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‘I f–ked up!’: Costa Concordia captain’s admission caught by black box moments after ship hit rocks
Moments after the doomed Costa Concordia cruise ship struck rocks off the island of Giglio in January, Captain Francesco Schettino put a call into one of his superiors: “Roberto, I f–ked up!” he said, according to a black box transcript published by an Italian newspaper. “Look, I’m dying here, don’t tell me anything.” (Photo: Max Rossi/Reuters)