According to news sources such as the BBC UK a daring attempt to salvage the remains of the ill-fated Costa Concordia, which capsized 20 months ago, is scheduled to begin tomorrow, Monday, September 16, 2013 off the Tuscan island of Giglio.
The tragedy, which killed 32 people and injured scores of other passengers, which was blamed on bad navigating too close to the rocky shore, and other factors, has resulted in convictions of five crew members and the trial of the ship’s captain Francesco Schettino, who has been accused of manslaughter.
According to online news sources, “The Civil Protection agency has given the go ahead for the salvage stating that the sea and weather conditions will be right for the recovery attempt tomorrow. This will mark the first time engineers will try to move a vessel this large. The procedure, according to the BBC UK “must be done very slowly to prevent more damage to the hull.”
The BBC UK reported that, “The head of the operation, Nick Sloane, told AFP news agency that it was now or never for the Costa Concordia, because the hull was gradually weakening and might not survive another winter.”
Until now the attempt to get the ship out of the water has cost a whopping $800 million. The tab is expected to rise a lot more.