Update 22:45 EST: The Costa Concordia is now sitting upright after 19 hours of work.
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Update 19:00 EST: The wreck has rotated approximately 25 degrees from its starting position, ending the first phase of rotation using strand jacks. The second phase will now lower the ship under the weight of the ballast water contained in the sponsons.
Update 14:30 EST: 1 hour delay for maintenance on strand jacks, Titan Micoperi said.
Update 10:30 EST: Authorities confirm 10 of a total 65 degree rotation of the Costa Concordia, with the ship now off the rocks. Parbuckling is midway through the first phase, which includes uprighting 20 degrees using strand jacks. An additional 4 to 6 more hours remain in this first phase. Second phase will involve lowering the Costa Concordia through ballasting of the sponsons. Officials say no evidence of spills or environmental damage.
Update 09:30 EST: Titan Micoperi says smooth rotation and movement of the hull with a rotation of about 3 degrees.
It’s official… the Costa Concordia is now off the rocks at Isola del Giglio and rolling. The parbuckling operation kicked off at approximately 9 a.m. CEST Monday following a 3 hour delay due to overnight storms near Giglio. That’s 3 a.m. Eastern Standard Time. The uprighting is expected to continue through completion, which may come sometime overnight in Italy.
Needless to say there is a media frenzy and no shortage of ways to watch the biggest day of the biggest maritime salvage in history. Here’s how to watch.
Reuters has one of the best live video streams HERE. High quality and no lack of good angles.
BBC also has a good feed HERE and, as NPR points out, provides the courtesy of a mute button.
Below is a live webcam courtesy Giglio News. The feed will air in four hours increments (you can check here for an updated feed under “Live Now). We’ll try to keep updating here. You’ll know if it’s the live feed if you it says “Live” on the bottom. While not the quality of the feeds above, additional angles are always good.
In addition just about every major news network is doing some sort of live updates.
More about the parbuckling operation HERE.
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