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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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Costa Concordia employees found guilty of manslaughter in cruise ship disaster, face less than three years in jail


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GROSSETO, Italy — Five employees of an Italian cruise company were convicted Saturday of manslaughter in the Costa Concordia shipwreck that killed 32 people, receiving sentences of less than three years that lawyers for victims and survivors criticized as too lenient.

The guilty verdicts for multiple manslaughter and negligence were the first reached in the sinking of the cruise liner carrying more than 4,000 crew and passengers near the Tuscan shore in January 2012.

The ship’s captain, the only remaining defendant, was denied a plea bargain and is being tried separately. He faces up to 20 years, if convicted of manslaughter, causing the shipwreck and abandoning the ship.

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On Saturday, lawyers representing the 32 victims of the shipwreck said the sentences of the plea bargain — a fraction of what is usually handed down for manslaughter — were inadequate given the gravity of the disaster.

“It seems like…

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