Gutted Costa Concordia cruise ship now ready for scrapping

In this July 12, 2012 file photo tourists relax on rocks in front of the Costa Concordia wreckage on the Giglio Island, Italy. The captain of the shipwrecked Costa Concordia cruise ship was convicted Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015 of multiple charges of manslaughter and sentenced to 16 years in jail, Italian court officials said. Francesco Schettino was convicted of manslaughter in the deaths of 32 passengers and crew in the Jan. 13, 2012 capsizing as well as of causing a shipwreck and abandoning ship while many of the 4,200 passengers and crew were still on the ship. The verdict and sentencing brought an end to a trial that has been running since July 2013. Prosecutors had insisted Schettino was a "reckless idiot" and asked the court to sentence him to 26 years and three months in prison. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, file)

ROME (AP) — The shipwrecked Costa Concordia cruise liner is finally ready for scrapping, after being gutted of its insides, including furniture and wiring.

A pair of tugboats on Tuesday eased the hulking wreck into a section of Genoa harbor where the shell of the ship is expected to start being dismantled in a week. Last summer the Concordia made a more dramatic journey, towed for several days to the Genoa area from the Italian island of Giglio, where it struck a reef off the Tuscan coast in 2012 and capsized, killing 32 people.

Starting from the top, the Concordia will be dismantled one deck at a time and the material scrapped.

The Concordia’s captain was convicted this year of manslaughter and causing the shipwreck and sentenced to 16 years in prison.

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