The Costa Concordia, which ran aground over two and a half years ago, is floating again as of July 13, 2014. The vessel went down after hitting rocks off the coast of Italian resort island Giglio in January 2012, killing 32 people.
Since the wreck, 24 metric tons of debris, including furniture, dishes, food, personal effects and ship parts, have been recovered from the seabed.
The Costa Concordia was successfully raised off the seabed Monday using 30 giant tanks fitted to its sides and filled with water. It needs to be raised 40 feet before it can be towed to the scrapyard. The project’s chief engineer Franco Porcellacchia told a press conference Tuesday that this was due to be completed by next Monday.
The ship will be moved to the Italian port of Genoa to be dismantled and sent to the scrapyard.
The interior of the Costa Concordia cruise ship. While salvage crews continue efforts to deal with the wreckage, the ship's captain, Francesco Schettino, is on trial on charges of manslaughter, causing a maritime disaster and abandoning ship with passengers still on board.
A damaged bar inside the Costa Concordia. Experts say there is a risk the ship's hull could crack open and spill out a toxic soup of rotten food, chemicals and debris.
Recovering the Costa Concordia has become the biggest salvage operation in maritime history.