Italy says Costa cruise wreck to be towed on Tuesday

This handout picture taken on Feb 27, 2014, shows an area inside the Costa Concordia cruise liner. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
This handout picture taken on Feb 27, 2014, shows an area inside the Costa Concordia cruise liner. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
This handout picture taken on Feb 27, 2014, shows an area inside the Costa Concordia cruise liner. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
This handout picture taken on Feb 27, 2014, shows an area inside the Costa Concordia cruise liner. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
This handout picture taken on Feb 27, 2014, shows an area inside the Costa Concordia cruise liner. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
This handout picture taken on Feb 27, 2014, shows an area inside the Costa Concordia cruise liner. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
This handout picture released by the Costa Crociere Press Office shows members of the Titan Consortium salvage team working near the wreck of the Costa Concordia cruise ship on July 18, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
This handout picture released by the Costa Crociere Press Office shows members of the Titan Consortium salvage team working near the wreck of the Costa Concordia cruise ship on July 18, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
This handout picture released by the Costa Crociere Press Office shows the "Fagioli" installations, part of the mechanism used to refloat the wreck of the Costa Concordia cruise ship. -- PHOTO: AFP
This handout picture released by the Costa Crociere Press Office shows the "Fagioli" installations, part of the mechanism used to refloat the wreck of the Costa Concordia cruise ship. -- PHOTO: AFP
The Costa Concordia cruise ship lays aground over the rocks of Le Scole. The operation to remove the wreck off the coast of Giglio Island has begun. -- PHOTO: AFP
The Costa Concordia cruise ship lays aground over the rocks of Le Scole. The operation to remove the wreck off the coast of Giglio Island has begun. -- PHOTO: AFP

GIGLIO ISLAND, Italy (AFP) - Italian salvage workers said they would begin towing away the Costa Concordia cruise ship wreck on Tuesday on a final voyage to the port of Genoa for scrapping - a day later than originally scheduled.

"We have decided it would be preferable to begin the operation on Tuesday," the head of Italy's civil protection agency, Franco Gabrielli, who is heading up the salvage operation, said on Saturday.