Work to tow away Costa Concordia to start soon

 

The Associated Press

Italian authorities say work to float the shipwrecked Costa Concordia so it can be towed away for scrapping can start Monday, weather-permitting.

The cruise liner struck a reef when it came too close to Giglio Island in January 2012 and capsized, killing 32 people. After a daring engineering operation set the Concordia upright in September, crews fastened huge tanks to its flanks like water wings to float it off underwater platforms for towing to Genoa, on the mainland, for scrapping.

Government authorities said Saturday the floating operation could begin Monday and would last several days. Ship owner Costa Crociere Spa said towing is set for July 21.

Concordia's Italian captain is being tried in Tuscany for manslaughter, causing the shipwreck and abandoning ship before all were evacuated.

Read more World Wires stories from the Miami Herald

  •  
In this Wednesday, July 16, 2014 photo, exhibition hall contractors fix the Ramadan Night Market banner at the entrance of the market hall in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. About 75,000 to 100,000 visitors over 11 days attend the Ramadan Night Market which brings retailers from all over the world.

    Holy month of Ramadan is a big boon for retailers

    Glitzy billboards in the Middle East and postage stamps in the U.S. Advertisements for lingerie and sales on modest skirts. Lavish buffets and cellphone apps.

  •  
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry steps off his plane as it arrives in Paris, France, Saturday, July 26, 2014. Kerry will continue meetings regarding a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas in Gaza.

    No truce, but 12-hour lull in Gaza fighting begins

    Israel and Hamas began a 12-hour humanitarian cease-fire in Gaza Saturday after the efforts of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry failed to produce a longer truce aimed at ending nearly three weeks of fighting.

  • AP News Alert

    EU extends Ukraine sanctions to hit Russian intelligence officials, rebel leaders: documents.

Miami Herald

Join the
Discussion

The Miami Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

The Miami Herald uses Facebook's commenting system. You need to log in with a Facebook account in order to comment. If you have questions about commenting with your Facebook account, click here.

Have a news tip? You can send it anonymously. Click here to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald.

Hide Comments

This affects comments on all stories.

Cancel OK

  • Marketplace

Today's Circulars

  • Quick Job Search

Enter Keyword(s) Enter City Select a State Select a Category