Operation to lift Concordia upright begins
Righting started at 9am local time after storm delay16 September, 10:31
The ship has been lying semi-submerged off the Tuscan island of Giglio since January 2012 when 32 people died in one of the worse maritime disasters in Italian history.
The so-called parbuckling operation to right the wrecked liner, which weighs around 114,500 tonnes and was carrying around 4,000 people when it went down, is expected to take around 12 hours.
The operation started three hours later that the scheduled time of 6.00 after a storm hit preparations. Once upright, the ship will be stabilized and eventually towed away to be broken up for scrap, although this part of the unprecedented salvage operation is not expected to happen until early next year. The Concordia's owners, Costa Cruises, said last week that the cost of the salvage operation stood at 600 million euros, while stressing that the figure was rising.