Posted: Sep 26, 2013 4:37 PM
Updated: Sep 26, 2013 4:39 PM
Even with time lapse video of the recovery of the costa concordia cruise ship, the movement of the ship is slow but steady.
Salvage experts began the rotation of the ship Sept. 16 around 3 p.m. EST.
The ship completed its rotation onto an underwater mattress by 10 p.m. EST.
Salvage operators said it was one of the most complex and expensive operations ever attempted.
The 114,500 ton ship was pulled upright by a series of jacks and cables and set on an artificial platform drilled in the rocky seabed.
The 950 foot ship carrying more than four-thousand passengers and crew capsized and sank in January 2012.
Thirty people were confirmed dead. Two people are still missing.
The ship will stay put for some months so it stabilizes.
It will then be refloated before being towed away to be broken up for scrap.
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