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Operation to lift rusting hulk of Costa Concordia gets underway

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Operation to lift rusting hulk of Costa Concordia gets underway ; Two years on from the tragedy that claimed the lives of 32 people, the creaking hulk of the Costa Concordia is still stranded off the Italian island of Giglio where it struck rocks and sank. Amazing pictures show hulking wreck of the Costa Concordia rusting away in the Mediterranean Sea as massive operation to lift stricken cruise liner continues Refloating the Concordia will be the next phase in the largest maritime salvage in history Thirty massive tanks filled with air will lift the hulk of the liner off the seabed in June The 114,500-tonne vessel hit rocks off Italian island on January 13, 2012, killing 32 people Rusting away in the Mediterranean Sea, this is what remains of stricken cruise liner the Costa Concordia. Two years on from the tragedy that claimed the lives of 32 people, the creaking hulk is still stranded off the island of Giglio where it struck rocks and sank. Mattresses can still be seen inside the liner and the ship's furniture is visible through shattered windows still in place. Today, officials confirmed the massive 'parbuckling' operation to try and lift it outside Giglio harbour will begin in June. Thirty massive tanks filled with air will lift the hulk of the Costa Concordia off the seabed so it can be towed away. The 114,500-tonne vessel hit rocks on January 13. What happens then is yet to be decided. Last week it was revealed a British port is in the running to dismantle the ship, a mega-contract expected to be worth hundreds of millions of pounds. Able Seaton Port on Teeside, near Hartlepool, has been asked to submit a proposal for the vast demolition project, which is expected to take 200 people two years to complete. It estimated value of the contract is more than Euro 300million Italy,-prepares,-mark,-second-,anniversary,-Costa,-Concordia,-tragedy-,operation,-lift-,stricken,-cruise,-liner,-begins