The Costa Concordia is back in the news again. Last fall, I posted about the enormous engineering effort to right the 1,000-foot long ship stranded off the coast of Isola del Giglio on the western Italian coast. Almost a year later, the next phase of the operation has begun; towing the righted ship to a port in the northern Italian city of Genoa to be cut up for scrap.
Since the ship was righted last September, crews have been busy attaching 30 large metal boxes to the ship. Water was then pumped out of the metal boxes, filling them with air and making the ship buoyant so that it could then be towed away.
Earlier this week the ship was floated and has begun the last leg of its journey.
You can view some great drone footage of the towing of the Costa Concordia here.