The massive cruise ship the Costa Concordia is set to be hauled upright for the first time since it partially capsized after striking rocks off the Italian island of Giglio in January 2012. CNN's Erin McLaughlin reports.
It's been 20 months since the luxury cruise liner ran aground, killing 32 passengers and crew members of the 4,200 people on board.
The job is expected to take 12 hours to a couple days as engineers will begin ‘parbuckling’ the wreckage of the ill-fated ship.
More than a 100,000 tons of waterlogged wreckage is now slowly being pulled upright and team of engineers and welders monitors the vessel's every move as there is a very real risk the ship could break apart.
Senior Salvage master Nicholas Sloane says, "She's a massive ship that on its own is a massive challenge but when you add her to the slopes of Giglio Island and the two reefs that she's balanced on, it takes the whole project into a different scale."
This operation is described as the biggest of its kind ever attempted.
If the salvage team is successful and they are able pull the Costa Concordia from its side, they will then go to work repairing the damaged side of the boat.
It could still be another eight to ten months before the ship is towed to a mainland port to be dismantled.
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