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This would be a herculean feat if engineering teams can finally raise the Costa Concordia and get it on its way to the chopping block. There are no guarantees in this attempt.
Italy has given the go-ahead for an ambitious attempt to set upright the Costa Concordia cruise liner, which went aground near an Italian island in 2012, killing 32 people.
The national Civil Protection agency said Friday the operation will be carried out later this month, once final safety certificates are issued. The exact date depends on calm seas near Giglio Island.
If engineers and crews succeed in righting the Concordia, the vessel will be eventually towed to a port for dismantling.
The manslaughter trial of the Concordia’s captain, Francesco Schettino, resumes on Sept. 23. The ship struck a reef, took on water and listed badly before capsizing off Giglio’s port.
Prosecutors alleged Schettino steered the boat too close to shore. Schettino claims the reef didn’t appear on his navigational charts.
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