After resting on the seabed and an engineered platform off the coast of Giglio Island for the past two-and-a-half years, Costa Concordia was refloated by the company’s salvage team.
By noon local time, the team reported that Concordia’s stern and bow were detached from the seabed and the ship was floating about 1 meter above the platform.
The plan is to further lighten the ship by pumping air into the steel sponsons, displacing water in them, until Concordia is another meter above the platform. It will then be shifted about 30 meters away, where it will be further prepared for towing to Genoa.
It is expected to take five to seven days for preparations to be completed, and another four to five days to tow the vessel to Genoa, where it will be dismantled over the next two years.
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