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Italy: A 'happy outcome' in Costa Concordia project

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013, 5:46 -

After 20 months of planning and preparation, the cruise ship that ran aground off Italy nearly two years ago is finally upright.

It took 19 hours to complete the first stage of that recovery process, the biggest project of its kind.

Franco Gabrielli, the head of the Italian Civil Protection Department expressed his gratitude at a press conference on Tuesday.

"We are very happy of the outcome," he said. "We're happy because the challenges posed by the project as a whole and everything that the designer imagined and figured out was confirmed in practice."

The Costa Concordia will be towed to a salvage yard and be broken up and sold for scrap.

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