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Salvage workers face Costa Concordia challenge

Tuesday, July 16, 2013 - 01:08

July 16 - The largest salvage operation in history to remove the shipwrecked Costa Concordia cruise ship is to go ahead despite concerns the liner could break up. Tom Dinham reports.

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The abandoned hulk of the Costa Concordia cruise ship rests just off the shore of Italy's Giglio island. It's a grim reminder of the 32 people killed when it capsized in January 2012. Titan Salvage is the company tasked with removing the 290-metre long ship by the end of 2014. Never before has a salvage operation of this size and complexity been carried out. The company plans to float the vessel and bring it upright in a maneuver known as parbuckling. There are fears the wreck could break apart during the operation. But Senior Salvage Master, Nicholas Sloane is confident the operation will succeed. (SOUNDBITE) (English) SENIOR SALVAGE MASTER AT TITAN SALVAGE, CAPTAINNICHOLAS SLOANE, SAYING: "Yes the risk is there, but we think we know the risk and we're confident that this is going to happen." The captain of the Costa Concordia, Francesco Schettino, will appear in an Italian court on Wednesday. He faces charges of multiple manslaughter and abandoning ship, with up to 20 years in jail if found guilty.

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Salvage workers face Costa Concordia challenge

Tuesday, July 16, 2013 - 01:08