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Costa Concordia Update: Crews Successfully Right the Sunken Ship Twice the Size of the Titanic

The Costa Concordia was successfully righted, then prepared to be towed and scrapped.

In January 2012, the luxury cruise ship Costa Concordia sank off the coast of Italy, and on Tuesday, workers successfully righted the massive ship — which weighs more than 114,000 tons. Following the 19-hour operation, a foghorn went off to signal that the vessel was shifted upright and stabilized. Referred to as The Parbuckling Project, the salvaging of the sunken ship marks the biggest, most expensive undertaking of its kind, involving a 500-person crew from 26 countries and a cost estimated around a billion dollars. Now the ship is resting on an artificial platform, and the damaged vessel is expected to be towed away and scrapped this Spring. In the meantime, workers will be repairing parts of the ship to make sure it can weather the Winter and it's ready to be towed.

The capsizing left 32 dead, and in the wake of the crash, the captain is on trial for manslaughter, although he claims he did not intentionally abandon the ship but rather tripped into a lifeboat. Meanwhile, business has suffered on the island of Giglio, with the giant vessel taking over its ports and leaving a stench. The ship had been packed with food and supplies for 4,200 people, so underwater, enormous amounts of food are left rotting inside refrigerators and freezers: 24,000 pounds of fish, 17,000 pounds of raw beef, 11,000 eggs, 18,000 bottles of wine, 22,000 cans of Coca-Cola, and more. Along with the food come chemicals, too, including 65 gallons of paint and 10 gallons of insecticide; workers worried about the leaking of contaminated water when the ship was moved, but so far, no leaks have been found. Check out an incredible time-lapse video of the operation, plus striking pictures of the Costa Concordia.

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