Costa Concordia Update: Pictures of the Ship Upright

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A picture taken on September 17, 2013 shows the wreck of Italy’s Costa Concordia cruise ship which begins to emerge from water near the harbour of Giglio Porto. VINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images/Newscom. License this from Newscom.com: afplivefive329417

I’m not sure what I expected to see when the Costa Concordia was set upright, but a large mangled section came as a bit of a surprise, and the fact that it looked like a bombed and burned-out building. After 20 months of sitting on a reef, the cruise ship is finally sitting upright on the underwater platform looking worse for the wear.

After a day of slowing rotating the ship upright (was it ever slow, check out this time lapse of raising the ship), operators declared the operation a “perfect” success with everything going according to plan and only a few hiccups throughout the day. In the early hours of Tuesday morning, after 19 hours of righting the cruise liner, the ship’s horn blared and people on the shore cheered.

There is obvious structural damage to the submerged side of the structure. The next phase of the plan involves stabilizing the ship, adding sponsons (the large metal containers to be filled with air to help the ship float) to the starboard side, then floating the ship away to be scrapped.

I guarantee that you’ve never seen pictures like this – an upright ship looking almost like Two-Face with a light side and dark side. The sunrise is a nice touch too. Check out the pictures we have in this post of the now upright Costa Concordia. Head back to Newscom to see more pictures of the wrecked cruise ship.

Thousands more pictures will continue to come in today, see the latest pictures as they come in to Newscom here.

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The wreck of Italy’s Costa Concordia cruise ship begins to emerge from water on September 17, 2013 near the harbour of Giglio Porto. ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images/Newscom. License this from Newscom.com: afplivefive329380

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Costa Concordia. Kika Press/ZUMA Press/Newscom. License this from Newscom.com: zumaamericasnine543888

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The wreck of Italy’s Costa Concordia cruise ship begins to emerge from water on September 17, 2013 near the harbour of Giglio Porto. ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images/Newscom. License this from Newscom.com: afplivefive329310

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Parbuckling operation continues on the night around the Costa Concordia on Giglio island, Italy, 16 September 2013. Claudio Giovannini/ZUMA Press/Newscom. License this from Newscom.com: zumaamericasnine543873

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A combination photo shows the capsized cruise liner Costa Concordia during and at the end of (bottom R) the “parbuckling” operation outside Giglio harbour September 17, 2013. Salvage crews completed raising the wreck of the Costa Concordia in the early hours of Tuesday morning after a 19-hour-long operation on the Italian island of Giglio where the huge cruise liner capsized in January last year. TONY GENTILE/REUTERS/Newscom. License this from Newscom.com: rtrlsix054148

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The wreck of Italy’s Costa Concordia cruise ship begins to emerge from water on September 17, 2013 near the harbour of Giglio Porto. Salvage operators in Italy lifted the Costa Concordia cruise ship upright from its watery grave off the island of Giglio on Tuesday in the biggest ever project of its kind. VINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images/Newscom. License this from Newscom.com: afplivefive329361

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South African Nick Sloan (R), senior salvage master of Titan-Micoperi, embraces a worker following the rotation of the wreck of Italy’s Costa Concordia cruise ship on September 17, 2013 near the harbour of Giglio Porto. Salvage operators in Italy lifted the Costa Concordia cruise ship upright from its watery grave off the island of Giglio in the biggest ever project of its kind. The ship’s horn sounded for the first time since the January 13, 2012 tragedy, its sound mixing with applause and cheers in the port in a dramatic climax to the massive salvage operation. Local residents and survivors spoke of an eerie feeling as the ship rose, saying the sight reminded them of the tragedy that claimed 32 lives. ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images/Newscom. License this from Newscom.com: afplivefive329328

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The wreck of Italy’s Costa Concordia cruise ship (L) begins to emerge from water on September 17, 2013 near the harbour of Giglio Porto. ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images/Newscom. License this from Newscom.com: afplivefive329379

 

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