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Shipwrecked Concordia to be removed in June

Costa Concordia Shipwreck To Be Towed Away By June

ROME (AP) - Italian officials say the shipwrecked Costa Concordia will be removed from its watery graveyard off Tuscany in June and taken to a port to be dismantled, the final phase of an unprecedented 600 million-euro ($817 million) salvage effort.

Officials gave the timetable and the rundown of what was needed for the ship to be refloated at a press conference Friday that came just days before the second anniversary of the Jan. 13, 2012, grounding that killed 32 people.

A handful of Italian ports - including Piombino, Genoa, Palermo and Civitavecchia - are bidding to take in the wreck, but there are also international bidders in France, Turkey, Britain and even China.

Italy's environment minister and the head of Costa Crociere say the preference was to keep the project in Italy.

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Francesco January 11 2014 at 12:11 PM

Keep this ship in Italy! It would be a great insult to the maritime world to remove her from where she died.

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hgeorgech January 11 2014 at 7:05 AM

Of the local gov't had levied a 100,000 Euro/day fine against the cruise line's parent (Carnival) - starting the day of the incident, this mess would have been taken care of LONG AGO

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tucville2002 January 11 2014 at 1:52 AM

Man must bear in mind that only Almighty God is our all-sufficient Guardian, Guide and Protector, and hence, we must never leave our homes for a cruise, or for that matter, any occasion, without firstly asking Almighty God for HIS protection and guidance.
We do hope that all captains and crews remember to worship and serve Almighty God only, and ask HIM for protection, guidance and safety before embarking on any voyage.
Only Almighty God has power over all things, and there is no unrighteousness in Almighty God.
Our deepest sympathy to the relatives and friends of those 32 brothers and sisters who lost their lives in this accident. May their respective souls rest in peace.
My Almighty God grant the owners of the cruise ship strength and fortitude in their adversity.
True Faith Believer.

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tucville2002 January 11 2014 at 1:58 AM

(Correction to last previous paragraph)
May Almighty God grant the owners of the cruise ship strength and fortitude in their adversity.
True Faith Believer.

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Thrift Store January 11 2014 at 1:09 AM

I would love to have it as its worth million and millions in scrap and salvage but would never take it as the democrats would all sit on the dock and watch and then want me to re distrubute what I amade for all my hard work as they beleive they are entitled to others earnings

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dagostep2 January 11 2014 at 1:02 AM

i would take it to Rick Harrison on Pawn Stars..........but he will have to call a buddy who knows everything about shipwrecked Italian cruiseliners first before he could make you a offer

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sondravvag January 11 2014 at 12:57 AM

Definately keep it in ITALY! I bet many Italians in America would contribute to this effort. It should not go to another country. Too much history here!

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frank1946 January 11 2014 at 12:14 AM

Insurance Syndicate on Costa Concordia still hurting.

Amazing work and task to accomplish !

Salvage of this scale and size a great engineering Feat.

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GateMasterSavage January 11 2014 at 12:13 AM

A phenominal engineering feat to right that pile of junk.

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cbs102642 January 10 2014 at 11:47 PM

A truly remarkable salvage feat. Well done.

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