January 13, 2014: Flowers released by a relative of a victim float on the sea following a ceremony to mark the second anniversary of the tragedy Reuters
Two years after the Costa Concordia cruise ship ran aground, the rusted wreck still lies of the coast of Giglio.
Thirty massive tanks filled with air will lift the hulk of the Costa Concordia off the seabed in June so it can be towed away. Refloating the Concordia will be one more phase in the largest maritime salvage operation in history.
The ship, with more than 4,000 people on board, ran aground in January 2012, killing at least 32 people. The 290-metre liner, twice the size of the Titanic, has remained half-submerged since.
14 January 2012: Passengers line up on the side of the Italian cruise liner Costa Concordia and move down along the side of the vessel during the evacuation operation in this still image taken from video Reuters//Guardia Costiera 14 January 2012: Passengers arrive at Porto Santo Stefano after the Costa Concordia ran aground overnight, took on water and tipped over Reuters 15 January 2012: A South Korean man is rescued from the Costa Concordia Reuters 16 January 2012: An Italian Coast guard diver searches for missing passengers inside the Costa Concordia Reuters//Guardia Costiera 17 January 2012: Scuba divers enter the Costa Concordia cruise ship through a broken window Reuters//Centro subacquei dei Carabinieri 19 January 2012: Scuba divers swim around the ship's bell as they inspect the shipwreck Reuters//Centro subacquei dei Carabinieri 23 January 2012: A firefighter hangs from a helicopter over the stricken liner. Divers found two more dead bodies on deck number four of the Costa Concordia Reuters 23 January 2012: Two Italian Navy scuba divers inspect the interior of the Costa Concordia Reuters/Marina Militare 26 January 2012: Firefighters stand next to a lighthouse near the Costa Concordia cruise ship which ran aground off Giglio island Reuters 28 January 2012: Divers in an inflatable boat motor past the slide and pool area of the cruise liner Reuters 23 February 2012: Firefighters stand on top of the Costa Concordia during operations to bring up four bodies from the wreck Reuters 23 February 2012: The body of a victim, retrieved from the wrecked cruise ship, is lifted by a helicopter Reuters 13 January 2013: Relatives of victims cry during a ceremony to commemorate the first anniversary of the Costa Concordia shipwreck, in which 32 people died Reuters 26 August 2013: An aerial view shows the Costa Concordia during preparations for an operation in which the ship would be rolled off the seabed and onto underwater platforms Reuters 15 September 2013: A lightning storm is pictured over the sea near the capsized cruise liner the day before an operation to lift it off the seabed Reuters 16 September 2013: The capsized cruise liner is pictured at the start of an operation to raise the wreck Reuters 17 September 2013: The Costa Concordia is seen at the end of the 19-hour-long "parbuckling" operation to raise the wreck Reuters 11 January 2014: Two years after the tragedy, the rusted wreck still lies of the coast of Giglio. Thirty massive tanks filled with air will lift the hulk of the Costa Concordia off the seabed in June so it can be towed away Reuters 12 January 2014: A seagull flies past once luxurious cabins. Refloating the Concordia will be one more phase in the largest maritime salvage in history Reuters