November 24, 2014
ROME (AP) - An international team of engineers is expressing confidence a never-before attempted strategy to set upright a luxury liner which capsized off Italy will work. They devised no "Plan B" if the Concordia falls back on its crippled side or splits apart.
Thirty-two people died when Concordia struck a reef in 2012.
The unprecedented engineering bet will be put to the test starting at dawn Monday just outside Giglio Island's harbor, assuming seas are calm.
Nick Sloane, a South African who is senior salvage master of the operation, told reporters in Rome Thursday the Concordia will suffer an "extreme amount of force" of compression in the first moments of the maneuver. But experts predict the huge cruise ship will survive the stress and allow itself to be righted.