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A view of the luxury cruise ship Costa Concordia during operations to put it afloat on the tiny Tuscan island of Giglio, Italy, on Monday. The ship is to be towed away later this month for scrapping.

Shipwrecked Concordia floated successfully

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This July 2013 photo shows the wreck before it was set upright and refloated.

GIGLIO, Italy – The shipwrecked Costa Concordia has been successfully refloated in preparation for towing it away for scrapping.

Authorities expressed satisfaction that the operation to float the Concordia from an underwater platform had proceeded without a hitch early Monday. The cruise liner struck a reef in January 2012 and capsized, killing 32 people.

The ship was set upright in September, and then crews fastened huge tanks to its flanks, like water wings, to float it.

Italy’s environmental minister told reporters that the operation will only be finished when the ship is successfully transported to the port of Genoa for scrapping. Towing is set for later this month.

Concordia’s Italian captain is being tried in Tuscany on charges of manslaughter, causing the shipwreck and abandoning ship before all were evacuated.

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