The removal of the wreck of cruise liner Costa Concordia, which hit rocks and sank off the island of Giglio on January 13, 2012, killing 32 people, is completed.
The extensive ship recovery, costing around $500 million, started in October 2012 after a months-long delay caused by technical issues.
As the area off the island of Giglio where the ship was stranded is a marine nature reserve, it was impossible to cut the wreck up as it would have been hugely damaging to the environment. That is why the specialists had to re-float the shipwreck before finally towing it to the mainland in one piece for dismantling.
The local islanders have been desperate to see the wreck removed as their incomes depend almost entirely on tourism.
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