Sunken Cruise Ship Parbuckled Off Coast of Italy

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The Costa Concordia, with its damaged starboard decks. The ship was capsized off the coast of Italy for more than 20 months.
  • CBS News
  • The Costa Concordia, with its damaged starboard decks. The ship was capsized off the coast of Italy for more than 20 months.

After a 19-hour operation, the Costa Concordia is now back afloat, more or less, reports CBS News.

The cruise ship slammed into a reef just off the coast of the island of Giglio Jan. 13, 2012, when its captain steered it too close to the shore. In the ensuing capsizing, 32 died, and two bodies were never recovered.

Italy's Civil Protection agency conducted the parbuckle, which is a standard method of righting capsized ships, though the Costa Concordia is the largest vessel to be righted in such a way. The agency says that no environmental spills have been detected as a result of the parbuckling operation.

"A perfect operation, I must say," said Franco Porcellacchia, a project manager for Costa Crociere SpA, the company that owns the Concordia.

In spring 2014, the ship will be floated to a recycling yard and reduced to scrap.