Crews Begin Salvage Operation for Cruise Ship Costa Concordia

500 engineers will take on largest, most expensive maritime salvage procedure ever.
1:24 | 09/15/13

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and in italy where crews are gearing up for a massive feat. They have one shot to get it rye when they attempt to raise the costa concordia, the cruise ship that capsized and killed 32 people last year. Abc's lama hasan reporting in from italy tonight. Reporter: At dawn tomorrow, 500 engineers from 24 countries will work around the clock in the largest, most expensive maritime salvage procedure ever. A ship is not designed to be on its side so it's got to come up now. Reporter:22 hydraulic jacks will be used to force the ship back to an upright position. Cables placed underneath the hull will also help rotate the cruise liner, maneuvering the ship onto six massive underwater platforms made of steel. But there's no guarantee it will work. The cruise liner could split apart under its own weight or fall back on its side. Everything will be taking a lot of strain during that operation and you cannot do it again. It's a one-time, one-chance opportunity and when we start, we have to be 100% ready. Reporter: You can see the costa concordia salvage project behind me, the length of three football fields. The ship has been stuck on the reef since its slammed into the rocks 18 months ago. The hope is they'll be able to float the hulk by the end of this month, david, but getting there won't be easy. Anything could go wrong.

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