Final Voyage of the Costa Concordia

More than two and a half years since it crashed near Isola del Giglio, Italy, the wreck of the Costa Concordia was successfully refloated this week, and has begun its final journey - a four-day trip to a scrap yard in Genoa. The cruise ship capsized after striking a reef on January 13, 2012, killing 32 passengers and crew members. The complex salvage operation was the largest and most expensive in history. Gathered here are images, including several interior shots, of the ship's time near Isola del Giglio -from the initial disaster to today's towing away of the Costa Concordia.
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1. The wreck of the Costa Concordia cruise ship in front of the harbor of Isola del Giglio, Italy, after it was refloated using air tanks attached to its sides, on July 22, 2014. The Costa Concordia is now being towed away from the spot where it crashed on the night of January 13, 2012 in a disaster that killed 32 people. The ship's final journey for scrapping in the port of Genoa in northwest Italy is set to take four days.




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2. The Costa Concordia in better days - photographed on March 27, 2009 in port in Civitavecchia, Italy.




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3. This January 13, 2012 photo shows the Costa Concordia rolling onto its starboard side after it ran aground off the coast of the Isola del Giglio island, Italy.




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4. A still image from video taken January 14, 2012, the night of the crash, shows passengers lined up on the side of the Costa Concordia, as they move down the side of the vessel during an evacuation.




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5. The Costa Concordia, after the cruise ship ran aground and keeled over off the Isola del Giglio, on January 14, 2012.




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6. A Carabinieri scuba diver inspects the hull of the Costa Concordia cruise ship on January 19, 2012.




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7. Partial view of the Costa Concordia taken on January 14, 2012, showing hull damage after it struck a reef near the island of Giglio.




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8. Chairs float next to the Costa Concordia, on January 23, 2012.




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9. Scuba divers make their way into a flooded cabin of the Costa Concordia, on January 24, 2012.




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10. View of the Costa Concordia on January 14, 2012, after the cruise ship ran aground and keeled over off the Isola del Giglio.




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11. Salvage workers stand on the hull of the Costa Concordia, on January 8, 2013.




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12. Members of the US salvage company Titan and Italian firm Micoperi work at the wreck of Italy's Costa Concordia cruise ship, on September 15, 2013. Salvage workers were preparing to right the ship in the largest and most expensive maritime salvage operation in history, so-called "parbuckling", to rotate the ship by a series of cables and hydraulic machines.




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13. The upright -- but still partially submerged -- Costa Concordia, near the harbor of Giglio Porto, on September 17, 2013. The ship's horn sounded for the first time since the January 13, 2012 tragedy, its sound mixing with applause and cheers in the port in a dramatic climax to the massive salvage operation.




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14. Early view this morning on July 22, 2014, over the cruise liner Costa Concordia aground in front of the harbor of Isola del Giglio.




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15. A damaged part of the cruise liner Costa Concordia, viewed from Giglio harbor on July 13, 2014.




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16. An area inside the Costa Concordia cruise liner, in a handout picture taken on February 27, 2014 by the Italian Carabinieri and released to the media by the Court of Grosseto following the close of the official inquiry.




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17. An area inside the Costa Concordia cruise liner, in a handout picture taken on February 27, 2014 by the Italian Carabinieri and released to the media by the Court of Grosseto following the close of the official inquiry.




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18. An area inside the Costa Concordia cruise liner, in a handout picture taken on February 27, 2014 by the Italian Carabinieri and released to the media by the Court of Grosseto following the close of the official inquiry.




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19. An area inside the Costa Concordia cruise liner, in a handout picture taken on February 27, 2014 by the Italian Carabinieri and released to the media by the Court of Grosseto following the close of the official inquiry.




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20. An area inside the Costa Concordia cruise liner, in a handout picture taken on February 27, 2014 by the Italian Carabinieri and released to the media by the Court of Grosseto following the close of the official inquiry.




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21. Cruise liner Costa Concordia, during a refloat operation at Giglio harbor on July 14, 2014.




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22. Water is expelled from caissons on the wreck of the Costa Concordia during the start of an operation to refloat it on July 14, 2014.




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23. In this framegrab made from an underwater video provided by the Costa Concordia wreck removal project information website "The Parbuckling Project", a diver secures one of the 56 chains which fasten huge tanks on the ship's flanks to float it on July 17, 2014.




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24. The Costa Concordia, during a refloat operation in Giglio harbor on July 14, 2014.




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25. An aerial view of the Costa Concordia during the refloat operation on July 19, 2014




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26. The Costa Concordia rises from the sea floor during its refloat operation on July 22, 2014.




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27. The inscription Costa Concordia is visible from the submerged port side of the wrecked cruise ship as it sits in the water during the last stage of refloating operation on July 21, 2014.




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28. A worker sprays water on a deck of the Costa Concordia as the vessel is refloated and almost ready to be towed away from the tiny Tuscan island of Isola del Giglio, on July 22, 2014.




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29. People watch the Costa Concordia turning during refloat operation maneuvers on July 23, 2014.




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30. The wreck of the Costa Concordia is towed by two tugboats as it leaves behind the tiny Tuscan island of Isola del Giglio, Italy, on July 23, 2014.