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Italy: Costa Concordia floats again in world's largest salvage op00:59

Italy: Costa Concordia floats again in world's largest salvage op

Italy, Giglio
July 14, 2014 at 17:13 GMT +00:00 · Published

Maritime salvage workers struggled to refloat the wreck of the cruise ship Costa Concordia from a sandbar off the coast of the Italian island of Giglio on Monday, as part of the largest maritime salvage operation ever attempted.

The remaining sections of the 290-metre long vessel have been resting on a false concrete bottom since September, when the team working on it raised it from the sandbar where it had heeled over almost 90 degrees.

A series of floating caissons had to be attached to the sides of the vessel in order to refloat it, before tugs could begin towing it away. The ship is due to end its days in the port of Genova, where it will be scrapped.

Italy: Costa Concordia floats again in world's largest salvage op00:59
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Maritime salvage workers struggled to refloat the wreck of the cruise ship Costa Concordia from a sandbar off the coast of the Italian island of Giglio on Monday, as part of the largest maritime salvage operation ever attempted.

The remaining sections of the 290-metre long vessel have been resting on a false concrete bottom since September, when the team working on it raised it from the sandbar where it had heeled over almost 90 degrees.

A series of floating caissons had to be attached to the sides of the vessel in order to refloat it, before tugs could begin towing it away. The ship is due to end its days in the port of Genova, where it will be scrapped.