The Costa Concordia wreckage is almost ready to be towed away from the Giglio in Italy where it hit rocks and sunk two-and-a-half years ago.
Last week, salvage workers completed the first phase of removal, when the 115,000-tonnes vessel was refloated and balanced using inflatable metal boxes.
Since, the wreckage has been lifted deck-by-deck. During this process, the Costa Concordia sign emerged from the water. The sign hasn’t been seen since it sank in 2012 and claimed the lives of 32 passengers.
The next phase stage of removal is a four-day journey to tow it to a shipyard in Genoa.
The process was expected to start today, however, her departure has been postponed until Tuesday due to weather conditions.
Towing will commence at 06.30GMT or 17.30AEDT. The ship will be moved at just two knots per hour by two tugboats. 12 other vessels will also accompany the ship on its final journey and 12 people from the salvage team will be onboard the ship.
Once the ship arrives in Genoa, the ship will be dismantled and recycled.
The entire salvage operation is expected to set Costa Concordia back by $1.5 billion euros.
Click here to see images and video footage from inside the Costa Concordia wreckage.
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