Shipwrecked Concordia floated for journey to scrapheap

GIGLIO, Italy (AP) The shipwrecked Costa Concordia was successfully refloated Monday in preparation to be towed away for scrapping 30 months after it struck a reef and capsized killing 32 people.

The operation to float the Concordia from an underwater platform had proceeded smoothly, authorities said. Technicians were preparing Monday to shift it 30 yards and then anchor the massive cruise ship before ending the day's operations.

The entire operation to remove the Concordia from the reef and float it to Genova, where it will be scrapped, will cost a total of $2 billion, Costa Crociere SpA CEO Michael Tamm told reporters.

The heavily listing ship was dragged upright in a daring maneuver last September, and then crews fastened huge tanks to its flanks to float it. Towing is set to begin July 21. It's about 200 nautical miles to Genova and the trip is expected to take five days.

"The operation (Monday) began well, but it will be completed only when we have finished the transport to Genova," Italian Environment Minister Gian Luca Galletti told reporters.

Concordia's Italian captain is being tried in Tuscany for manslaughter, causing the shipwreck and abandoning ship before all were evacuated.

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Expensive scrap. Will the good captain be paying for this on the payroll deduction plan?
lone wolf
A bit of paint, a few souvenir shops and a McDonalds et voila! Tourist accommodations

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