Concordia raising may take 18 hours
'Quality trumps speed' says project chief16 September, 18:53
"We had originally thought it would take 12 hours, but even if it takes 15 or 18 the objective is to do things well," said Franco Porcellacchia, who is in charge of the Concordia removal project. "We are not running behind, we are happy about how things are going". Long-submerged portions of the cruise ship became visible to the naked eye around two hours after it began being raised at 9:00 local time on Monday. It was immediately possible to distinguish a one-metre-thick section that was previously underwater and was darker than the part that remained out of water.