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.