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Moving the wrecked 'Costa Corcondia' cruise ship

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Moving the wrecked 'Costa Corcondia' cruise ship

By Julianne Cassidy. CREATED Jul 14, 2014

More than two and a half years after it sank off Italy's Giglio Island, the Costa Concordia is afloat again. 

The cruise ship had more than 4,200 passengers aboard, and 32 were killed when the ship ran aground in 2012. The body of waiter Russel Rebello, 33, of India, has yet to be found.

"For the past 10 months, engineers have been hard at work, attaching metal boxes to either side of the ship," reports CNN. "After draining water from the boxes, they had to pump compressed air into its place to get the ship to float. It was a dangerous and tricky procedure. The ship is rotting, and there's a real risk the bottom of it could give way."

Already ahead of schedule, "By lunchtime Monday, the ship had been moved 20 meters (about 66 feet) as part of an initial 30-meter shift to the east. After 30 meters, divers will begin attaching more chains and cables to help reinforce the bottom," further reports CNN. "Then the full refloat begins, lifting the Concordia, deck by deck, clearing any debris along the way."

Once the Costa Concordia is floating and stable, it will begin its process of being towed 150 miles to Genoa. The journey in itself takes five or six days.

"While salvage crews continue efforts to deal with the wreckage, Francesco Schettino, the ship's captain, is on trial on charges of manslaughter, causing a maritime disaster and abandoning ship with passengers still on board," details CNN. "He denies wrongdoing."

The cost of this disaster currently exceeds 1 billion euros, and that doesn't include this most recent refloat, its journey to Genova, or the ship's future dismantling.

Julianne Cassidy

Julianne Cassidy

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A city girl gone country, Julianne Cassidy is a newly Nashville-based entertainment journalist from Philadelphia.