Italian island readies for record-breaking ship salvage
GIGLIO ISLAND, Italy (AFP) - The Italian island of Giglio made final preparations Sunday on the eve of an unprecedented attempt to raise the 114,500-ton Costa Concordia cruise ship from its watery grave.
Salvage workers could be seen fixing the giant metal chains and cables that will hoist up the wreck measuring 290m in length, roughly the equivalent of three football fields.
The civil protection agency, which is overseeing the project, gave its final go-ahead on Sunday, saying the weather forecast looked favourable.
The biggest salvage of a passenger ship ever attempted is to begin shortly after 6am (12pm Singapore time) on Monday and could last up to 12 hours.