The operation will require rescue headquarters to rotate the 114,500-ton ship and drain the side currently underwater. Once righted, it will rest on underwater platforms and will be towed to Italy’s shore before being broken up.
Head of Italy’s Civil Protection Agency, Franco Gabrielli, said they only have one shot to get it right, Bloomberg reported.
He said: “There is no plan B”.
The success of today’s procedure is highly dependent on the weather and the motion of the sea.
Mr Gabrielli added that while there is little chance of the vessel breaking up during the rotation, there is the risk of liquids flowing from the wreck.