Costa Concordia Clear Of Pollution And Delicate Reefs

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It's being called the largest maritime salvage operation ever. The 'rotation" of the wrecked Costa Concordia cruise liner to an upright position is under way off the west coast of Italy. The massive ship is now clear of the reef that had penetrated the hull. There are no pollutants escaping from the vessel. Fuel and other polluting agents had been removed. The process is going more slowly than predicted but engineers on site say it is going well. When the ship is upright, huge flotation tanks on the port and starboard sides will be activated and it will be towed to a scrap yard. Thirty two people died when the ship ran aground twenty months ago. Two are still missing.
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After Italy Quakes, Food World Delivers Support To Home Of Famous Pasta Dish

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