Costa Concordia wreck arriving in Genoa for scrapping


The wrecked Italian cruise ship, the Costa Concordia, has arrived in waters near the port of Genoa for scrapping after a two-year salvage operation.

Its removal was one of the biggest ever maritime salvage operations.

The Concordia struck a reef off the Italian island of Giglio in January 2012 and capsized, killing 32 people.

Captain Francesco Schettino has denied charges of multiple manslaughter and abandoning ship, which could see him jailed for up to 20 years.

The vessel spent four days being towed at a slow speed from Giglio

The operation to dismantle the vessel

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi is expected in Genoa in the afternoon to see the end of the complex docking procedure, which is expected to take several hours.

The vessel stopped two miles (3.6km) off the coast of Genoa, as technicians worked to prepare to tow the ship to its final berth.

Genoa is where the Costa Concordia was built and launched amid fanfare and celebration nine years ago but now she is limping home to be scrapped.