Lying on its side off the small island of Giglio in Italy, the wreck of Costa Concordia presents the biggest salvage challenge ever faced — removing a sunken ship twice the size of the Titanic without breaking or sinking it. After securing the wreck with anchors, leveling out the sea floor, installing buoyancy tanks and building a platform for the ship to rest on, five hundred workers are now getting ready for the most critical stage of the project: the parbuckle or rotation of the 114,000-ton vessel to an upright position. The operation will take place before winter sets in and be closely observed by a multitude of microphones and cameras, searching for any signs of stress along the structure. It can be monitored here.
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