Two and a half years after she capsized off Italy’s Isola del Giglio, the Costa Concordia will finally be hauled off and sold for scrap.
The ship's tragic capsizing claimed 32 lives and an estimated $2 billion in costs, but CNN reports that the people and businesses of Giglio have benefited from the Costa Concordia’s fate with booming business due to the influx of salvage workers and tourists.
The partially sunken cruise ship has apparently been less beneficial to the environment and has been dubbed the “maritime Chernobyl.” According to the Times of London, she has spent the last two and a half years polluting the sea water with toxic substances while rusting away.
On Wednesday, the Costa Concordia will begin her 200-mile journey to Genoa, reported the Wall Street Journal. On Sunday, the operation to dismantle and scrap her will begin.
Here is a livestream of the 22-hour operation, courtesy of a local news organization.
Cruise liner Costa Concordia is seen during a refloat operation at Giglio harbor at Giglio Island July 14, 2014. The wreck of the luxury liner Costa Concordia was refloated on Monday ready to be towed away for scrap, two and a half years after it capsized off the Italian coast, killing 32 people. Reuters
The cruise liner Costa Concordia is seen during the "parbuckling" operation outside Giglio harbor Reuters/Max Rossi
Navy officials release a wreath in front of the Costa Concordia liner to mark the second anniversary of the tragedy, outside Giglio harbor January 13, 2014. Reuters/Max Rossi
The capsized cruise liner Costa Concordia is seen at the end of the "parbuckling" operation outside Giglio harbor Reuters