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Costa Concordia 'secure' in 10 days, salvagers say

Clock ticking to remove ship carcass before 2013 tourism season

Costa Concordia 'secure' in 10 days, salvagers say

(ANSA) - Grosetto, October 15 - Salvage workers clearing the wreckage of the capsized Costa Concordia cruise liner off the coast of Tuscany are scheduled to finish securing the ship within 10 days, workers said Monday. US-based Titan Salvage and the Italian firm Micoperi originally planned to complete the phase by August 31. The next phase involves installing a series of floating platforms inside the half-sunken vessel. In Italy's worst maritime disaster since World War II, the Costa Concordia crashed into a rock this January off the coast of Giglio Island, killing 32 people. A hearing began Monday to decide whether to indict Francesco Schettino, who was at the helm of the ship, for multiple manslaughter, abandoning his post and failing to communicate properly with maritime authorities. Salvagers are aiming to completely remove the ship carcass in time for Giglio's 2013 summer tourism season.

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