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Italy Approves Attempt To Set Costa Concordia Upright

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Italy Approves Attempt To Set Costa Concordia Upright, Plan To Tow Ship’s Remains To Port

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.

Italy Approves Attempt To Set Costa Concordia Upright Huffington Post

Italy gives OK to right capsized Costa Concordia Las Vegas Sun

Go-ahead given to set upright shipwrecked cruise liner off Italian island; depends on weather The Western Star

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