The beginning of the salvage operation for the Costa Concordia cruise ship is about to begin around 3:00 a.m. local time on Monday, Sept. 16, 2013. The start was delayed about two hours due to strong thunderstorms, and many hope that isn't a sign, but still, as CBS reports, the righting is coming soon and hopes are that it will stay in one piece.
The gigantic cruise ship ran aground and tipped over back in Jan. of 2012. The Costa Concordia accident ended up killing 32 of the 4,200 people on board.
It is expected that righting the ship will take at least a day or two, but many are skeptical. In a stranger sounding situation, crews must sink portions of the ship further underwater in order to attempt to salvage it at all.
At that time, the ship will be pilled off the seabed and then rotated onto giant platforms sitting 30 meters below the level of the water. Some areas of the ship that have been dry for months and months will be submerged and filled with water.
Doing this is called "parbuckling" and it is something that those in Giglio, the small island where the Costa Concordia ran aground, are familiar with. One thing though, a ship the size and weight of the Costa Concordia has never been parbuckled before.
Blowing up the ship or taking it apart is not an option due to the ship being filled with toxins. There are also still believed to be two bodies somewhere deep in the ship's hull or trapped between the ship and the rocks it sits on.