The Costa Concordia shipwreck is currently in the process of being righted, and some people may not understand how that is even possible, but raising the shipwreck is something that is possible and about to be done. Yahoo News reported on Sept. 16, 2013, just how the Costa Concordia cruise liner is going to be righted from its leaning position that it has been in for over a year.
There is a salvage team of 500 people from 26 different nations that have been working around the clock for over a year to set up the salvage project. Crews will use a method called "parbuckling" which is set to right the ship so that it can be salvaged.
Beginning on Monday, Sept. 16, 2013, the plan was put into operation.
There are tall towers with pulleys or strand jacks pulling the ship from the bottom toward Giglio Island. They are using thick cables that are wrapped around and attached to the underbelly of the ship. At the same time, more cables are attached to large, buoyancy boxes, or sponsons or caissons, that are welded to the side of the ship.
Those cables are pulling the top of the Costa Concordia up from the top.
By the time the crews had gotten into the seventh hour of work on raising the shipwreck, the ship had rotated a full eight degrees.
As the crews continue raising the shipwreck, they will soon wait for gravity to take over. At that point, the ship will land softly on a bed of steel platforms 30 meters below the surface of the water.
It is going to have to be a slow process, but one that will be worth it once all is said and done. Should the parbuckling experiment be a success, then the salvage of the ship can begin and hopefully it will be able to float and be towed to Italy's mainland next summer.