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The Costa Concordia will finally be hauled upright in an unprecedented 12-hour operation involving 500 people, 30,000 tons of steel and hollow boxes the height of an 11-storey building, it was announced Thursday.

The 950ft cruise ship has been lying on its side in shallow water off the Tuscan island of Giglio since it capsized on January 13, 2012, with the loss of 32 lives.

But on Monday, an international team of engineers and salvage experts will attempt to right the wreck in one of the biggest operations in maritime history.

At a press conference, they admitted the strategy to raise the Concordia had seemed “crazy” until just a few months ago and there was no “plan B” if it failed.

They conceded that the ship would be subjected to huge stresses when it was hauled upright, but played down the idea that the vessel could break…

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