More than 4,000 people were evacuated when the luxury vessel capsized next to the island of Giglio
THE ill-fated cruise ship which capsized killing 32 people on board takes its final voyage before being scrapped.
The luxury vessel smashed into rocks and sunk near the Island of Giglio on January 13 2012.
70% of materials from the vessel after it is scrapped are expected to be fully recycled
The final dismantling operation was due to began today in Genoa
Salvage and scrapping efforts are estimated to have cost roughly £1.2 billion
More than 4,000 people were evacuated in chaotic scene when it drifted into shore and capsized.
Stark images captured of the sinking show the cruise liner completely lit up like a scene from Titanic.
Last year Captain Francisco Schettino was convicted of multiple manslaughter counts and was sentenced to 16 years.
He was accused of delaying the evacuation and abandoning ship before all of the passengers and crew had been rescued.
Pictures at night with the cruise ship lights on appeared similar to the scene in Titanic
More than 4,000 passengers were evacuated from the stricken vessel
An aerial view shows the Costa Concordia as it lies on its side next to Giglio Island
The cruise ship was towed away from Giglio two years after the tragedy.
Salvage and scrapping efforts are estimated to have cost roughly £1.2billion – making it the most expensive maritime wreck recovery in history.
Costa Concordia has now made her final voyage of 1.8 miles.
The final dismantling operation was due to began today in Genoa and be completed by next year.
Ship Recycling Consortium (Saipem and San Giorgio del Porto) will now start to dismantle the vessel with 70% of materials expected to be fully recycled.
Eye-opening images revealed how the once majestic ship is barely even a shadow of its former self.
Empty stools line a bar which once would have been bristling with upbeat holidaymakers, and a ghostly corridor still has a stream of water running through it where the stricken vessel filled-up with water.
The entertainment room where cruise passengers would have enjoyed performances now sits totally bare
Source: the sun. 01 September 2016