Rotation of Concordia 'possible by month's end'
Officials approve next steps towards removing sunken cruise ship06 September, 18:31
And that means rotation could be completed by month's end, a key step in the process of eventually lifting the massive ship off the rocks off Tuscany's Giglio Island, where the Concordia struck rocks and sank, killed 32 people in January 2012.
Officials from civil protection agencies who were meeting Friday said that top experts in marine engineering have weighed in on the situation and that certain documentation is still needed before the rotation of the ship's hull can begin.
But all that should be completed next week, and if the weather cooperates, the rotation process could begin after Sept.
Much more time will be needed, however, before the Concordia can be actually removed from the area around Giglio, officials added.
But rotating the hull will make the wreck more stable and ensure it can be removed, possibly next spring.