Italy: Concordia to be set upright next week

FILE - In this Jan. 14, 2012 file photo the luxury cruise ship Costa Concordia leans on its side after running aground in the tiny Tuscan island of Giglio, Italy. Italian authorities say the bold operation to set the Concordia cruise ship upright is set for next week, 20 months after the ship capsized near a tiny Tuscan island, killing 32 people. The national Civil Protection agency chief, Franco Gabrielli, told islanders on Giglio island Wednesday that crews could try to set the shipwreck upright as soon as Sept. 16. He stressed that the exact date for the operation will only be known the day before, since the final OK depends upon weather and sea condition forecasts. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, Files)
FILE - In this Jan. 14, 2012 file photo the luxury cruise ship Costa Concordia leans on its side after running aground in the tiny Tuscan island of Giglio, Italy. Italian authorities say the bold operation to set the Concordia cruise ship upright is set for next week, 20 months after the ship capsized near a tiny Tuscan island, killing 32 people. The national Civil Protection agency chief, Franco Gabrielli, told islanders on Giglio island Wednesday that crews could try to set the shipwreck upright as soon as Sept. 16. He stressed that the exact date for the operation will only be known the day before, since the final OK depends upon weather and sea condition forecasts. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, Files)

ROME (AP) — Italian authorities say the operation to set the Concordia cruise ship upright is set for next week, 20 months after the ship capsized near a tiny Tuscan island, killing 32 people.

National Civil Protection agency chief Franco Gabrielli told islanders on Giglio island Wednesday that crews could try to right the ship as soon as Monday. He stressed that the exact date for the operation will only be known the day before, since the final OK depends upon weather and sea conditions.

The ship will eventually be towed away and scrapped.

The Concordia’s hull was gashed by a reef it struck when sailing close to Giglio’s rocky shores Jan. 13, 2012. It rapidly took on water and capsized. Its captain is being tried for manslaughter and abandoning ship.

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