Time-lapse: Uprighting the Costa Concordia

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by CNN

CNN

Posted on September 17, 2013 at 1:16 PM

Engineers are calling it a "perfect operation."

After 20 months of planning and preparation, the cruise ship that ran aground off Italy 20 months ago is finally upright.

It took 19 hours to complete the first stage of that recovery process --- the biggest project of its kind.

The video above is a time lapse of the process.

The Costa Concordia will be towed to a salvage yard and be broken up and sold for scrap.

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