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The capsized cruise liner Costa Concordia lies on its side next to Giglio Island September 16, 2013.
People look on as the capsized cruise liner Costa Concordia lies on its side next to Giglio Island September
The delay was due to an early morning storm that pushed back the righting salvage operation
The capsized cruise liner Costa Concordia lies on its side during the "parbuckling" operation next to Giglio
Island. September 16, 2013. Salvage crews shifted the wrecked Costa Concordia cruise ship slowly off a rock
shelf on Monday in a painstaking process that looked set to continue into the early hours of the morning.
The wreck of the Costa Concordia cruise ship begins to emerge from the water
Salvage workers continue to raise the ship, in the largest and most expensive maritime salvage operation in
The severely damaged side of the ship is visible after the parbuckling operation succesfully lifted it from the
water at around 4am
The wreck is rotated into an upright position using a series of cables and hydraulic machines
A close-up the damage to the side of the Costa Concordia
The Costa Concordia after it was was pulled completely upright early on Tuesday
Thirty-two people died when the ship, with 4,200 passengers on board, hit rocks and ran aground off the
island of Giglio in January 2012
The previously submerged part of the ship is visible
Members of the US salvage company Titan and Italian firm Micoperi pass the wreckage
The cruise liner after the 19-hour-long salvage operation
The goal is to raise it from its side by 65 degrees to vertical, as a ship would normally be, for eventual towing.
The operation was expected to take some 10-12 hours, with the initial hours winching the ship off the reef
imperceptible to the unaided eye.
The operation, known in nautical parlance as parbuckling, is a proven method to raise capsized vessels
For over a year, residents of the fishing island have watched from shore as cranes and barges have moved
into place to try to remove the hulk from their port. A few dozen gathered with a large contingent from the
world's media on a breakwater to witness the operation getting underway, while others glimpsed it from shore
as they went about their daily business.
The first couple of hours will be critical, engineers predicted. Pieces of the granite seabed are embedded in
the submerged side of the hull, which divers haven't been able to fully inspect.