costa-concordia

After twenty months of meticulous planning the 952-foot long Costa Concordia, which ran aground and capsized killing dozens off the coast of the Italian island of Giglio in January 2012, has finally been up righted. One of the biggest maritime salvage operations ever requiring dozens of corporations to come together and form a 500-person crew hailing from 26 countries, the nearly $800 million endeavor has entered the first stage of the recovery process. The team is expecting it will be completed some time in the summer of 2014 once the sides of the cruise ship have undergone major repairs and the Costa Concordia made sea worthy again it will be towed to a salvage yard to be broken up into parts for auction as scrap. Below is a short time lapse video from the Weather Network (approximately 45 seconds long) of the salvage.