The Costa Concordia's 19 Hour Salvage in Timelapse, Photos, and GIFs

By Attila Nagy on at

After an incredible 19 hour salvage effort, the crippled Costa Concordia cruise liner was successfully pulled upright from its side in the waters off Tuscany yesterday in a make or break engineering attempt that had never before been tried in such conditions. Here's a much, much closer look.

Italy's national Civil Protection agency waited until sea and weather conditions were just right at dawn on Monday before giving the OK to try to salvage the 114,000 tonne vessel. Here is an amazing time lapse video from BBC showing the full process from one angle:


From Monday to Tuesday a 500 person crew, comprising workers from 26 countries, rolled the huge ship off the rocks on which it had rested since January 2012. The procedure, known as parbuckling, has never been carried out on a vessel as large as Costa Concordia before. The severely damaged ship will now be towed away and scrapped. In the meantime, here's a photographic record of what's happened so far:

 

The Costa Concordia ship lies on its side on the Tuscan Island of Giglio, Italy, Sunday, September 15th, 2013.

Photo: Andrew Medichini/AP


A woman in a swimsuit walks in front of the wreckage of the Costa Concordia.

Photo: Marco Secchi/Getty Images


Reporters and cameramen work as the Costa Concordia ship lies on its side.

The Costa Concordia's 19-Hour Salvage in Timelapse, Photos, and GIFs

Photo: Andrew Medichini/AP


 

Titan and Micoperi workers are seen on the stricken Costa Concordia.

 

The Costa Concordia's 19-Hour Salvage in Timelapse, Photos, and GIFs

Photo: Laura Lezza/Getty Images


Large buoyancy tanks are attached to the side of the stricken Costa Concordia. Look at the worker on the right side for scale.

The Costa Concordia's 19-Hour Salvage in Timelapse, Photos, and GIFs

Photo: Laura Lezza/Getty Images


Authorities give the final go-ahead for a daring attempt on Monday to pull upright the crippled Costa Concordia cruise liner from its side. The crippled Concordia doesn't budge for the first three hours of the operation.

The Costa Concordia's 19-Hour Salvage in Timelapse, Photos, and GIFs

Photo: Andrew Medichini/AP


Engineers work on the wreckage of the Costa Concordia Monday evening.

The Costa Concordia's 19-Hour Salvage in Timelapse, Photos, and GIFs

Photo: Marco Secchi/Getty Images


The delicate operation to rotate the luxury liner from its capsized position to upright stretches into Tuesday, much later than had been anticipated.

The Costa Concordia's 19-Hour Salvage in Timelapse, Photos, and GIFs

Photo: Andrew Medichini/AP


The crippled cruise ship is pulled completely upright early Tuesday.

The Costa Concordia's 19-Hour Salvage in Timelapse, Photos, and GIFs

Photo: Andrew Medichini/AP


The parbuckling operation successfully rights the ship around 4 am on September 17th, 2013.

The Costa Concordia's 19-Hour Salvage in Timelapse, Photos, and GIFs

Photo: Laura Lezza/Getty Images


A detail of the right side of the Costa Concordia after it was lifted upright.

The Costa Concordia's 19-Hour Salvage in Timelapse, Photos, and GIFs

Photo: Andrew Medichini/AP


Full view of the level Costa Concordia.

The Costa Concordia's 19-Hour Salvage in Timelapse, Photos, and GIFs

Photo: Andrew Medichini/AP


A closer look at the damaged right side.

The Costa Concordia's 19-Hour Salvage in Timelapse, Photos, and GIFs

Photo: Andrew Medichini/AP


Officials declared a "perfect" end to a daring and unprecedented engineering feat.

The Costa Concordia's 19-Hour Salvage in Timelapse, Photos, and GIFs

Photo: Andrew Medichini/AP


The severely damaged side of the stricken Costa Concordia in daylight

The Costa Concordia's 19-Hour Salvage in Timelapse, Photos, and GIFs

Photo: Marco Secchi/Getty Images


The hull is still under water; there's still work to be done.

The Costa Concordia's 19-Hour Salvage in Timelapse, Photos, and GIFs

Photo: Andrew Medichini/AP