The cruise ship Costa Concordia with 4200 passengers on board had run aground on the reefs of the Giglio Islands off the Tuscan coast on 13th of January.
Already nearly two months have passed by and the wreckage still continues to lie at the spot as a grim reminder of the tragedy that took over 30 lives.
The first task would be to remove the 500,000 gallons of fuel in its holds. This is yet to be removed - but, poor weather continues to disturb the salvage operations.
The wreckage requires to be removed on priority because it is a tourist location and the sight of the wreckage is not what tourists want to see.
The owners plan to give a contract for the work which entails the removal of the wreckage with as little disturbance as possible to the surrounding environment.
The exercise is expected to be complete within 10 to 12-months.