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This Pleiades image, acquired 16 July 2014, shows the successful efforts to refloat the Costa Concordia off the coast of Giglio Island, Italy.

The cruise ship crashed and sank on 13 January 2012, killing 32 people, and after a two-year period the recovery efforts were recently completed.

In what has been described as the largest maritime salvage operation ever conducted, the vessel was refloated through the use of a series of underwater platforms, cables and air tanks. The process of recovery finished in July, when the damaged vessel was restored to a state where it could float and be towed.

Once this was completed, the Costa Concordia began a four day journey to Genoa, towed by over a dozen smaller boats. It arrived at Genoa on 27 July and has been docked in a wharf for future decommissioning.

This image shows the refloating efforts, at a point when the vessel had been returned to the surface and towed a short distance to test whether it was seaworthy and to move it further away from the coast of Giglio Island. Various boats can be seen swarming around the area, as well as salvage equipment on the vessel and in the nearby area.

View the full resolution image. Also see an image from earlier in the recovery process.

Credit: CNES 2014 - Distribution: Airbus Defence and Space / Spot Image S.A. France, all rights reserved

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