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Engineers enter final preparations for raising wrecked cruise ship

After 18 months of lying on its side on the shore of a Tuscan island, the Costa Concordia may finally return to port. But first, the nearly 1,000-foot-long cruise ship wrecked on the rocks off Giglio island must be parbuckled. (SOUNDBITE) (English) SENIOR SALVAGE MASTER AT TITAN SALVAGE, NICHOLAS SLOANE, SAYING: "Parbuckling means rotating it upright." That's Nicholas Sloane, a senior salvage master for the U.S. firm Titan Salvage. Sloane and hundreds of workers have been tasked with raising the deadly wreck so she can be towed away. (SOUNDBITE) (English) SENIOR SALVAGE MASTER AT TITAN SALVAGE, NICHOLAS SLOANE, SAYING: "So on the in-shore side you'll see a whole lot of red towers and they hold underneath her belly. And on the outboard side on top of the big boxes called sponsons you also see those red hydraulic pulling machines and they'll pull from the outside. So they'll pull from underneath and on top, and that rotates the ship upright."

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