Costa Concordia Reaches Final Destination

Cruise ship reaches Genoa, where it will be dismantled
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 27, 2014 8:02 AM CDT
Costa Concordia Reaches Final Destination
The wreck of the Costa Concordia cruise ship can be barely seen near the horizon line with one of the best known landmarks of Genoa, the Lanterna, a lighthouse built in 1543, Saturday, July 26, 2014.   (Fabio Palli)

The shipwrecked Costa Concordia cruise liner has completed its final journey. Pulled by tugboats and nudged by brisk winds, the wreck was today eased into Genoa's port, where it was built nine years ago and now will be scrapped. A large net was dragged behind the cruise ship, notes the BBC, to catch any belongings that might spill out. "The operation to recover the Concordia was not easy," says Italian PM Matteo Renzi. "Italy carried it out, the Italy that, when it sets out to, is capable of doing anything."

A spectacular operation set the wreck upright in September 2013. On Wednesday, tugboats began the five-day journey to Genoa, headquarters of ship owner Costa Crociere Spa. The wreck will be searched in hopes of finding the remains of an Indian waiter, the only body never found. The luxury liner struck a reef when its captain sailed too close to Giglio Island off Tuscany's coast Jan. 13, 2012, and capsized, killing 32 people. Francesco Schettino is being tried for alleged manslaughter, causing the shipwreck and abandoning the boat with many passengers and crew still aboard. (More Costa Concordia stories.)

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