'Costa Concordia' salvage to begin in next few weeks

Work to remove the capsized Costa Concordia cruise ship from its rocky perch off Tuscany will begin early next month and is expected to take 12 months.

The ship will be removed in one piece and towed to an Italian port. It struck rocks off the tourist-dependent island of Giglio on 13 January, when the captain made an unauthorised manoeuvre too close to shore. Some 32 passengers and crew members died; two remain missing.