Mark Byrnes is a senior associate editor at CityLab who writes about design and architecture.
Inside the most expensive maritime wreck recovery ever.
The Costa Concordia cruise ship was pulled upright Tuesday morning, one of the largest salvage operations in history.
The capsized ship is now sitting off the Italian island of Giglio. The 950-foot-long, 114,500-ton luxury liner was carrying more than 4,000 passengers and crew last January when it sunk, killing 32 people. Hundreds of salvage technicians and divers have been on the island since, stabilizing the wreck and preparing for the "parbuckling" operation, which included rotating the ship with cranes and hydraulic machines until it was finally twisted upright.
The island where crews are salvaging the sunken cruise ship View Larger Map
It took 19 hours (twice the originally estimated time), to get the Concordia upright. It'll stay in its current spot for at least a few more months before being towed away and scrapped.
The entire effort to salvage the Concordia is expected to cost over $800 million. It's the most expensive maritime wreck recovery ever.
Meanwhile, the ship's captain, Francesco Schettino, is currently on trial for manslaughter and causing a shipwreck. Schettino, who earned the nickname "Captain Coward," denies the charges. He says that he was turned into a scapegoat and that he in fact saved lives through his maneuverings in response to the crash.