Wreckage of the Costa Concordia Cruise Ship To Finally Be Cleared

The Costa Concordia cruise ship, which crashed off the coast of Italy's Giglio Island in January of 2012, killing 32, has been slowly breaking down in the water for over two years. Authorities announced that they will begin to clear away the wreckage as early as Monday.

The forthcoming efforts follow a September success in turning the cruise ship, which had previously capsized, completely upright. The ship will now be floated to shore, where it will be dismantled on the mainland at Genoa.

The cruise ship wreckage had turned into a site for "disaster tourism" for many visiting Italy's Western shores since the liner struck a reef in 2012. The Associated Press reports that the Costa Concordia's captain "is being tried in Tuscany for manslaughter, causing the shipwreck and abandoning ship before all were evacuated."

The operation to fully remove the cruise ship from the water could take several days.

Wreckage of the Costa Concordia Cruise Ship To Finally Be Cleared

Wreckage of the Costa Concordia Cruise Ship To Finally Be Cleared

Wreckage of the Costa Concordia Cruise Ship To Finally Be Cleared