Italy: OK to right shipwrecked Costa Concordia

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Other inconveniences were expected. The island, which lives off fishing and tourism, sends its compacted garbage every Monday to the mainland by boat. That sanitation service will have to be rescheduled when the port shuts down for the rotation operation, known in nautical parlance as “parbuckling.”

One of the last ferries of the day Sunday brought a mix of tourists wanting to see the boat for what might be the last time on its side and many who had spent more than a year preparing to bring it upright. They included Franco Ferraiuola, a crane operator who wouldn’t be working Monday — he has some time off — but was bringing his wife to the island to watch the dramatic attempt.

He acknowledged that many of the experts were confident they could bring the ship vertical in one piece, but he voiced some concern.

“There is always the unknown. Nothing is certain,” he said.

In July, five Costa employees were convicted in a plea bargain of manslaughter and sentenced to less than three years apiece. Capt. Francesco Schettino, whom prosecutors accuse of pulling the Concordia off course in a stunt to bring it closer to Giglio, is currently on trial, accused of manslaughter, causing a shipwreck and leaving the ship before all passengers and crew were evacuated. He has denied the charges and insisted the reef wasn’t on his nautical charts.

Costa is a division of Miami-based Carnival Corp., the world’s largest cruise ship company.

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