GIGLIO ISLAND, Italy — The extraordinary righting of the Costa Concordia from its watery Tuscan graveyard has given Italy a boost of sorely needed pride, helping erase the shame many felt after an Italian captain took the cruise ship off course in an apparent stunt, crashed it and then abandoned ship before everyone was evacuated.

It didn't seem to matter that the chief salvage master was from South Africa or that his 500-member crew hailed from 26 different nations. Italy, beset by two years of recession and such political instability that each day brings relief that the government hasn't fallen, had pulled off an unprecedented engineering feat as the world watched live on television.

"Well done!" retiree Aldo Mattera said Tuesday morning as he surveyed the Concordia, upright for the first time since the Jan. 13, 2012, shipwreck that killed 32 people near Giglio Island.

Premier Enrico Letta also weighed in, emphasizing the importance of restoring the nation's civic pride.

As he personally thanked Franco Gabrielli, the head of Italy's civil protection agency who oversaw the project, Letta said the operation had demonstrated what it means to take responsibility for something, no matter how risky or how high the stakes.

"In this case, the public image of our country was one of fleeing responsibility," Letta said, referring to the captain's early evacuation from the ship and his subsequent refusal to reboard even after being ordered to do so by the coast guard.

"Instead today, thanks to all your work and thanks to this concept of assuming responsibility" Italy's reputation has been restored, Letta told Gabrielli at a ceremony at the government palace in Rome.

A few hours earlier, a fog horn had mourned off Giglio at 4 a.m. and Gabrielli declared that the Concordia had been successfully righted and had settled onto its new perch on a false seabed.

The development now allows for a renewed search for the two bodies that were never recovered and for the ship to eventually be towed away and broken up for scrap. It will also enable recovery crews to go from cabin to cabin opening safes so they can to return the valuables that passengers left behind in their frantic nighttime escape.

Nick Sloane, the South African chief salvage master, received a hero's welcome when he came ashore from the floating barge that served as the operation's command center. At one point, a phalanx of Carabineri police served as bodyguards to keep television crews from mobbing him.

"She was heavier than I expected," Sloane told reporters after a few hours of sleep. "But you have to be patient. You can't do it with a stopwatch."

Many disasters have their heroes, but some also have their villains. Schettino has insisted he has been made a scapegoat, and that a series of errors by others and his employer itself contributed to the disaster.

He has said that he saved lives by maneuvering the stricken ship toward Giglio's port rather than letting it sink in the open sea, and that the reef he rammed into wasn't on his nautical charts.

Schettino's trial resumes Monday on the mainland, where he is accused of manslaughter, causing a shipwreck and abandoning the ship before all its 4,200 passengers and crew had been evacuated. Five other Costa employees were convicted of manslaughter in a plea bargain and were sentenced to less than three years apiece – sentences that enraged some survivors as being far too lenient.

Sloane, who choked up at times during a Tuesday afternoon briefing, was asked what he would say to Schettino if he ever had a chance to meet him.

"I wouldn't like to be in his shoes," Sloane replied. "For a captain, it's the worst thing to happen to you. It's something he has to deal with. But I'm sorry for everyone who was there."

Sloane said the most critical moment of the operation that began early Monday came at the beginning, when the Concordia failed to dislodge itself from the reef embedded in its starboard side even after some 6,000 tons of force was applied.

"That would tend to the higher side of assumptions," he said. "At 6,200 tons she moved, then at 6,800 she got off the rock. That was the crucial moment."

The Concordia's submerged side suffered significant damage during the 20 months it bore the weight of the 115,000-ton, 300-meter-long (1,000-foot-long) ship on the reef. The daylong operation to right it had stressed that flank as well. Exterior balconies were mangled and entire sections looked warped, although officials said the damage probably looked worse than it really was.

The damage must be repaired to stabilize the ship so it can withstand the coming winter, when seas and winds will whip the luxury liner. The starboard side must also be stabilized so crews can affix tanks that will help float the ship off the seabed when it comes time to tow it sometime next year.

The operation had been expected to take no more than 12 hours but expanded to 19 after an initial weather delay and emergency maintenance issues involving the vast system of steel cables, pulleys and counterweights that were used to roll the half-submerged carcass of steel upright.

Sloane said there were no errors, just tense moments – "alarms started to ring" – when the ship didn't immediately settle onto its artificial seabed platform. Once it did, the control room issued to all the vessels involved the happy announcement that the operation was successful.

For the Gigliese, as the islanders call themselves, Tuesday's righting was an emotional high point in a journey that began that cold January night, when they rushed to the port with blankets, warm clothes and offers of housing as thousands of frightened, shivering passengers struggled ashore.

"I don't have the words to describe how I feel today, because, that night I was among the first to arrive after the shipwreck," said Franca Anichini, who woke up shortly after dawn Tuesday to see the ship upright. "I feel a shiver. What was impossible that night became possible."

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Winfield reported from Rome.

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  • The Costa Concordia is seen after it was lifted upright on the Tuscan Island of Giglio, Italy, early Tuesday morning, Sept. 17, 2013. The crippled cruise ship was pulled completely upright early Tuesday after a complicated, 19-hour operation to wrench it from its side where it capsized last year off Tuscany, with officials declaring it a "perfect" end to a daring and unprecedented engineering feat. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

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    The wreck of Italy's Costa Concordia cruise ship begins to emerge from water on September 17, 2013 near the harbour of Giglio Porto. Salvage operators in Italy lifted the Costa Concordia cruise ship upright from its watery grave off the island of Giglio on Tuesday in the biggest ever project of its kind. AFP PHOTO / ANDREAS SOLARO (Photo credit should read ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images)

  • ITALY-SHIPPING-TOURISM-DISASTER-SALVAGE

    The wreck of Italy's Costa Concordia cruise ship begins to emerge from water on September 17, 2013 near the harbour of Giglio Porto. Salvage operators in Italy lifted the Costa Concordia cruise ship upright from its watery grave off the island of Giglio on Tuesday in the biggest ever project of its kind. AFP PHOTO / ANDREAS SOLARO (Photo credit should read ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images)

  • ITALY-SHIPPING-TOURISM-DISASTER-SALVAGE

    The wreck of Italy's Costa Concordia cruise ship begins to emerge from water on September 17, 2013 near the harbour of Giglio Porto. Salvage operators in Italy lifted the Costa Concordia cruise ship upright from its watery grave off the island of Giglio on Tuesday in the biggest ever project of its kind. AFP PHOTO / ANDREAS SOLARO (Photo credit should read ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images)

  • The Costa Concordia is seen after it was lifted upright on the Tuscan Island of Giglio, Italy, early Tuesday morning, Sept. 17, 2013. The crippled cruise ship was pulled completely upright early Tuesday after a complicated, 19-hour operation to wrench it from its side where it capsized last year off Tuscany, with officials declaring it a "perfect" end to a daring and unprecedented engineering feat. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

  • A detail of the right side of the Costa Concordia is seen after it was lifted upright on the Tuscan Island of Giglio, Italy, early Tuesday morning, Sept. 17, 2013. The crippled cruise ship was pulled completely upright early Tuesday after a complicated, 19-hour operation to wrench it from its side where it capsized last year off Tuscany, with officials declaring it a "perfect" end to a daring and unprecedented engineering feat. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

  • A detail of the right side of the Costa Concordia is seen after it was lifted upright, on the Tuscan Island of Giglio, Italy, early Tuesday morning, Sept. 17, 2013. The crippled cruise ship was pulled completely upright early Tuesday after a complicated, 19-hour operation to wrench it from its side where it capsized last year off Tuscany, with officials declaring it a "perfect" end to a daring and unprecedented engineering feat. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

  • A detail of the right side of the Costa Concordia is seen after it was lifted upright on the Tuscan Island of Giglio, Italy, early Tuesday morning, Sept. 17, 2013. The crippled cruise ship was pulled completely upright early Tuesday after a complicated, 19-hour operation to wrench it from its side where it capsized last year off Tuscany, with officials declaring it a "perfect" end to a daring and unprecedented engineering feat. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

  • A detail of the right side of the Costa Concordia is seen after it was lifted upright, on the Tuscan Island of Giglio, Italy, early Tuesday morning, Sept. 17, 2013. The crippled cruise ship was pulled completely upright early Tuesday after a complicated, 19-hour operation to wrench it from its side where it capsized last year off Tuscany, with officials declaring it a "perfect" end to a daring and unprecedented engineering feat. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

  • The Costa Concordia ship lies on its side on the Tuscan Island of Giglio, Italy, Monday, Sept. 16, 2013. In an unprecedented maritime salvage operation, engineers on Monday gingerly wrestled the hull of the shipwrecked Costa Concordia off the Italian reef where the cruise ship has been stuck since January 2012. But progress was much slower than predicted and the delicate operation to rotate the luxury liner from its capsized position to upright appeared likely to stretch into Tuesday. Never before has such an enormous cruise ship been righted, and the crippled Concordia didn't budge for the first three hours after the operation began, engineer Sergio Girotto told reporters. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

  • The Costa Concordia ship lies on its side on the Tuscan Island of Giglio, Italy, Monday, Sept. 16, 2013. In an unprecedented maritime salvage operation, engineers on Monday gingerly wrestled the hull of the shipwrecked Costa Concordia off the Italian reef where the cruise ship has been stuck since January 2012. But progress was much slower than predicted and the delicate operation to rotate the luxury liner from its capsized position to upright appeared likely to stretch into Tuesday. Never before has such an enormous cruise ship been righted, and the crippled Concordia didn't budge for the first three hours after the operation began, engineer Sergio Girotto told reporters. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

  • The Costa Concordia ship lies on its side on the Tuscan Island of Giglio, Italy, Monday, Sept. 16, 2013. In an unprecedented maritime salvage operation, engineers on Monday gingerly wrestled the hull of the shipwrecked Costa Concordia off the Italian reef where the cruise ship has been stuck since January 2012. But progress was much slower than predicted and the delicate operation to rotate the luxury liner from its capsized position to upright appeared likely to stretch into Tuesday. Never before has such an enormous cruise ship been righted, and the crippled Concordia didn't budge for the first three hours after the operation began, engineer Sergio Girotto told reporters. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

  • The Costa Concordia ship lies on its side on the Tuscan Island of Giglio, Italy, Monday, Sept. 16, 2013. Using a vast system of steel cables and pulleys, maritime engineers on Monday gingerly winched the massive hull of the Costa Concordia off the reef where the cruise ship capsized near an Italian island in January 2012. But progress in pulling the heavily listing luxury liner to an upright position was going much slower than expected. Delays meant the delicate operation — originally scheduled from dawn to dusk Monday — was not expected to be completed before Tuesday morning. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

  • The Costa Concordia lies on its side on the Tuscan Island of Giglio, Italy, early Tuesday morning, Sept. 17, 2013. Using a vast system of steel cables and pulleys, maritime engineers on Monday gingerly winched the massive hull of the Costa Concordia off the reef where the cruise ship capsized in January 2012 and are poised to set it upright. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

  • The Costa Concordia is seen after it was lifted upright, on the Tuscan Island of Giglio, Italy, early Tuesday morning, Sept. 17, 2013. The crippled cruise ship was pulled completely upright early Tuesday after a complicated, 19-hour operation to wrench it from its side where it capsized last year off Tuscany, with officials declaring it a "perfect" end to a daring and unprecedented engineering feat. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

  • The Costa Concordia is seen after it was lifted upright, on the Tuscan Island of Giglio, Italy, early Tuesday morning, Sept. 17, 2013. The crippled cruise ship was pulled completely upright early Tuesday after a complicated, 19-hour operation to wrench it from its side where it capsized last year off Tuscany, with officials declaring it a "perfect" end to a daring and unprecedented engineering feat.(AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

  • The Costa Concordia is seen after it was lifted upright, on the Tuscan Island of Giglio, Italy, early Tuesday morning, Sept. 17, 2013. The crippled cruise ship was pulled completely upright early Tuesday after a complicated, 19-hour operation to wrench it from its side where it capsized last year off Tuscany, with officials declaring it a "perfect" end to a daring and unprecedented engineering feat. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

  • The Costa Concordia rests upright on the Tuscan Island of Giglio, Italy, early Tuesday morning, Sept. 17, 2013. The crippled cruise ship was pulled completely upright early Tuesday after a complicated, 19-hour operation to wrench it from its side where it capsized last year off Tuscany, with officials declaring it a "perfect" end to a daring and unprecedented engineering feat. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

  • This combination of photos shows the Costa Concordia before, top, during, center, and after an operation was competed to lift the cruise ship to an upright position, on the Tuscan Island of Giglio, Italy. The crippled ship was pulled completely upright early Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013, after a complicated, 19-hour operation to wrench it from its side where it capsized last year off Tuscany, with officials declaring it a "perfect" end to a daring and unprecedented engineering feat. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, File)

  • The Costa Concordia is seen after it was lifted upright, on the Tuscan Island of Giglio, Italy, early Tuesday morning, Sept. 17, 2013. The crippled cruise ship was pulled completely upright early Tuesday after a complicated, 19-hour operation to wrench it from its side where it capsized last year off Tuscany, with officials declaring it a "perfect" end to a daring and unprecedented engineering feat. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

  • The Costa Concordia rests upright on the Tuscan Island of Giglio, Italy, early Tuesday morning, Sept. 17, 2013. The crippled cruise ship was pulled completely upright early Tuesday after a complicated, 19-hour operation to wrench it from its side where it capsized last year off Tuscany, with officials declaring it a "perfect" end to a daring and unprecedented engineering feat. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

  • A detail of the right side of the Costa Concordia is seen after it was lifted upright on the Tuscan Island of Giglio, Italy, early Tuesday morning, Sept. 17, 2013. The crippled cruise ship was pulled completely upright early Tuesday after a complicated, 19-hour operation to wrench it from its side where it capsized last year off Tuscany, with officials declaring it a "perfect" end to a daring and unprecedented engineering feat. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

  • A detail of the right side of the Costa Concordia is seen after it was lifted upright on the Tuscan Island of Giglio, Italy, early Tuesday morning, Sept. 17, 2013. The crippled cruise ship was pulled completely upright early Tuesday after a complicated, 19-hour operation to wrench it from its side where it capsized last year off Tuscany, with officials declaring it a "perfect" end to a daring and unprecedented engineering feat. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

  • The Costa Concordia rests upright on the Tuscan Island of Giglio, Italy, early Tuesday morning, Sept. 17, 2013. The crippled cruise ship was pulled completely upright early Tuesday after a complicated, 19-hour operation to wrench it from its side where it capsized last year off Tuscany, with officials declaring it a "perfect" end to a daring and unprecedented engineering feat. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

  • The Costa Concordia ship is sen through the windows of a sea front restaurant as it lies on its side on the Tuscan Island of Giglio, Italy, Monday, Sept. 16, 2013. Using a vast system of steel cables and pulleys, maritime engineers on Monday gingerly winched the massive hull of the Costa Concordia off the reef where the cruise ship capsized near an Italian island in January 2012. But progress in pulling the heavily listing luxury liner to an upright position was going much slower than expected. Delays meant the delicate operation — originally scheduled from dawn to dusk Monday — was not expected to be completed before Tuesday morning. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

  • The Costa Concordia is seen after it was lifted upright, on the Tuscan Island of Giglio, Italy, early Tuesday morning, Sept. 17, 2013. The crippled cruise ship was pulled completely upright early Tuesday after a complicated, 19-hour operation to wrench it from its side where it capsized last year off Tuscany, with officials declaring it a "perfect" end to a daring and unprecedented engineering feat. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

  • The Costa Concordia is seen after it was lifted upright, on the Tuscan Island of Giglio, Italy, early Tuesday morning, Sept. 17, 2013. The crippled cruise ship was pulled completely upright early Tuesday after a complicated, 19-hour operation to wrench it from its side where it capsized last year off Tuscany, with officials declaring it a "perfect" end to a daring and unprecedented engineering feat. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

  • The Costa Concordia is seen after it was lifted upright, on the Tuscan Island of Giglio, Italy, early Tuesday morning, Sept. 17, 2013. The crippled cruise ship was pulled completely upright early Tuesday after a complicated, 19-hour operation to wrench it from its side where it capsized last year off Tuscany, with officials declaring it a "perfect" end to a daring and unprecedented engineering feat.(AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

  • Engineers Attempt To Raise The Costa Concordia Cruise Ship After It Sank In 2012

    ISOLA DEL GIGLIO, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 17: The severly damaged side of the stricken Costa Concordia is visible after the parbuckling operation succesfully uprighted the ship around 4 am on September 17, 2013 in Isola del Giglio, Italy. Work began yesterday to right the stricken Costa Concordia vessel, which sank on January 12, 2012. If the operation is successful, it will then be towed away and scrapped. The procedure, known as parbuckling, has never been carried out on a vessel as large as Costa Concordia before. (Photo by Marco Secchi/Getty Images)

  • ITALY-SHIPPING-TOURISM-DISASTER-SALVAGE

    The wreck of Italy's Costa Concordia cruise ship begins to emerge from water on September 16, 2013 near the harbour of Giglio Porto. Salvage workers attempt to raise the cruise ship today and tonight, in the largest and most expensive maritime salvage operation in history, so-called 'parbuckling', to rotated the ship by a series of cables and hydraulic machines. Thirty-two people died when the ship, with 4,200 passengers onboard, hit rocks and ran aground off the island of Giglio on January 2012. AFP PHOTO / VINCENZO PINTO (Photo credit should read VINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Engineers Attempt To Raise The Costa Concordia Cruise Ship After It Sank In 2012

    ISOLA DEL GIGLIO, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 17: The severly damaged side of the stricken Costa Concordia is visible after the parbuckling operation succesfully uprighted the ship around 4 am on September 17, 2013 in Isola del Giglio, Italy. Work began yesterday to right the stricken Costa Concordia vessel, which sank on January 12, 2012. If the operation is successful, it will then be towed away and scrapped. The procedure, known as parbuckling, has never been carried out on a vessel as large as Costa Concordia before. (Photo by Marco Secchi/Getty Images)

  • Engineers Attempt To Raise The Costa Concordia Cruise Ship After It Sank In 2012

    ISOLA DEL GIGLIO, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 17: The severly damaged side of the stricken Costa Concordia is visible after the parbuckling operation succesfully uprighted the ship around 4 am on September 17, 2013 in Isola del Giglio, Italy. Work began yesterday to right the stricken Costa Concordia vessel, which sank on January 12, 2012. If the operation is successful, it will then be towed away and scrapped. The procedure, known as parbuckling, has never been carried out on a vessel as large as Costa Concordia before. (Photo by Marco Secchi/Getty Images)

  • ITALY-SHIPPING-TOURISM-DISASTER-SALVAGE

    The wreck of Italy's Costa Concordia cruise ship begins to emerge from water on September 17, 2013 near the harbour of Giglio Porto. Salvage workers attempt to raise the cruise ship today and tonight, in the largest and most expensive maritime salvage operation in history, so-called 'parbuckling', rotating the ship by a series of cables and hydraulic machines. Thirty-two people died when the ship, with 4,200 passengers onboard, hit rocks and ran aground off the island of Giglio on January 2012. AFP PHOTO / ANDREAS SOLARO (Photo credit should read ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images)

  • ITALY-SHIPPING-TOURISM-DISASTER-SALVAGE

    The wreck of Italy's Costa Concordia cruise ship begins to emerge from water on September 17, 2013 near the harbour of Giglio Porto. Salvage workers attempt to raise the cruise ship today and tonight, in the largest and most expensive maritime salvage operation in history, so-called 'parbuckling', rotating the ship by a series of cables and hydraulic machines. Thirty-two people died when the ship, with 4,200 passengers onboard, hit rocks and ran aground off the island of Giglio on January 2012. AFP PHOTO / ANDREAS SOLARO (Photo credit should read ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images)

  • ITALY-SHIPPING-TOURISM-DISASTER-SALVAGE

    The wreck of Italy's Costa Concordia cruise ship begins to emerge from water on September 17, 2013 near the harbour of Giglio Porto. Salvage workers attempt to raise the cruise ship today and tonight, in the largest and most expensive maritime salvage operation in history, so-called 'parbuckling', rotating the ship by a series of cables and hydraulic machines. Thirty-two people died when the ship, with 4,200 passengers onboard, hit rocks and ran aground off the island of Giglio on January 2012. AFP PHOTO / ANDREAS SOLARO (Photo credit should read ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images)

  • ITALY-SHIPPING-TOURISM-DISASTER-SALVAGE

    The wreck of Italy's Costa Concordia cruise ship begins to emerge from water on September 17, 2013 near the harbour of Giglio Porto. Salvage workers attempt to raise the cruise ship today and tonight, in the largest and most expensive maritime salvage operation in history, so-called 'parbuckling', rotating the ship by a series of cables and hydraulic machines. Thirty-two people died when the ship, with 4,200 passengers onboard, hit rocks and ran aground off the island of Giglio on January 2012. AFP PHOTO / ANDREAS SOLARO (Photo credit should read ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images)

  • ITALY-SHIPPING-TOURISM-DISASTER-SALVAGE

    The wreck of Italy's Costa Concordia cruise ship begins to emerge from water on September 17, 2013 near the harbour of Giglio Porto. Salvage workers attempt to raise the cruise ship today and tonight, in the largest and most expensive maritime salvage operation in history, so-called 'parbuckling', rotating the ship by a series of cables and hydraulic machines. Thirty-two people died when the ship, with 4,200 passengers onboard, hit rocks and ran aground off the island of Giglio on January 2012. AFP PHOTO / ANDREAS SOLARO (Photo credit should read ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images)

  • ITALY-SHIPPING-TOURISM-DISASTER-SALVAGE

    The wreck of Italy's Costa Concordia cruise ship begins to emerge from water on September 17, 2013 near the harbour of Giglio Porto. Salvage workers attempt to raise the cruise ship today and tonight, in the largest and most expensive maritime salvage operation in history, so-called 'parbuckling', rotating the ship by a series of cables and hydraulic machines. Thirty-two people died when the ship, with 4,200 passengers onboard, hit rocks and ran aground off the island of Giglio on January 2012. AFP PHOTO / ANDREAS SOLARO (Photo credit should read ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images)

  • ITALY-SHIPPING-TOURISM-DISASTER-SALVAGE

    The wreck of Italy's Costa Concordia cruise ship begins to emerge from water on September 17, 2013 near the harbour of Giglio Porto. Salvage workers attempt to raise the cruise ship today and tonight, in the largest and most expensive maritime salvage operation in history, so-called 'parbuckling', rotating the ship by a series of cables and hydraulic machines. Thirty-two people died when the ship, with 4,200 passengers onboard, hit rocks and ran aground off the island of Giglio on January 2012. AFP PHOTO / ANDREAS SOLARO (Photo credit should read ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images)

  • ITALY-SHIPPING-TOURISM-DISASTER-SALVAGE

    South African Nick Sloan (L), senior salvage master for Titan-Micoperi, disembarks with his workers following the rotation of the wreck of Italy's Costa Concordia cruise ship on September 17, 2013 near the harbour of Giglio Porto. Salvage operators in Italy lifted the Costa Concordia cruise ship upright from its watery grave off the island of Giglio on September 17 in the biggest ever project of its kind. AFP PHOTO / ANDREAS SOLARO (Photo credit should read ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images)

  • ITALY-SHIPPING-TOURISM-DISASTER-SALVAGE

    South African Nick Sloan (C) , senior salvage master of Titan-Micoperi, speaks to journalists following the successful rotation of the wreck of Italy's Costa Concordia cruise ship on September 17, 2013 near the harbour of Giglio Porto. Salvage operators in Italy lifted the Costa Concordia cruise ship upright from its watery grave off the island of Giglio in the biggest ever project of its kind. The ship's horn sounded for the first time since the January 13, 2012 tragedy, its sound mixing with applause and cheers in the port in a dramatic climax to the massive salvage operation. Local residents and survivors spoke of an eerie feeling as the ship rose, saying the sight reminded them of the tragedy that claimed 32 lives. AFP PHOTO / ANDREAS SOLARO (Photo credit should read ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images)

  • ITALY-SHIPPING-TOURISM-DISASTER-SALVAGE

    The wreck of Italy's Costa Concordia cruise ship begins to emerge from water on September 16, 2013 near the harbour of Giglio Porto. Salvage operators in Italy lifted the Costa Concordia cruise ship upright from its watery grave off the island of Giglio in the biggest ever project of its kind. Thirty-two people died when the ship, with 4,200 passengers onboard, hit rocks and ran aground off the island of Giglio in January 2012. AFP PHOTO / VINCENZO PINTO (Photo credit should read VINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images)

  • ITALY-SHIPPING-TOURISM-DISASTER-SALVAGE

    The wreck of Italy's Costa Concordia cruise ship begins to emerge from water on September 16, 2013 near the harbour of Giglio Porto. Salvage operators in Italy lifted the Costa Concordia cruise ship upright from its watery grave off the island of Giglio in the biggest ever project of its kind. Thirty-two people died when the ship, with 4,200 passengers onboard, hit rocks and ran aground off the island of Giglio in January 2012. AFP PHOTO / VINCENZO PINTO (Photo credit should read VINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images)

  • ITALY-SHIPPING-TOURISM-DISASTER-SALVAGE

    Salvage workers for Titan-Micoperi disembark a boat following the rotation of the wreck of Italy's Costa Concordia cruise ship on September 17, 2013 near the harbour of Giglio Porto. Salvage operators in Italy lifted the Costa Concordia cruise ship upright from its watery grave off the island of Giglio on September 17 in the biggest ever project of its kind. AFP PHOTO / ANDREAS SOLARO (Photo credit should read ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images)

  • ITALY-SHIPPING-TOURISM-DISASTER-SALVAGE

    The wreck of Italy's Costa Concordia cruise ship begins to emerge from water on September 17, 2013 near the harbour of Giglio Porto. Salvage operators in Italy lifted the Costa Concordia cruise ship upright from its watery grave off the island of Giglio on Tuesday in the biggest ever project of its kind. AFP PHOTO / VINCENZO PINTO (Photo credit should read VINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images)

  • ITALY-SHIPPING-TOURISM-DISASTER-SALVAGE

    The wreck of Italy's Costa Concordia cruise ship begins to emerge from water on September 17, 2013 near the harbour of Giglio Porto. Salvage operators in Italy lifted the Costa Concordia cruise ship upright from its watery grave off the island of Giglio on Tuesday in the biggest ever project of its kind. AFP PHOTO / VINCENZO PINTO (Photo credit should read VINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images)

  • ITALY-SHIPPING-TOURISM-DISASTER-SALVAGE

    The wreck of Italy's Costa Concordia cruise ship begins to emerge from water on September 17, 2013 near the harbour of Giglio Porto. Salvage operators in Italy lifted the Costa Concordia cruise ship upright from its watery grave off the island of Giglio on Tuesday in the biggest ever project of its kind. AFP PHOTO / VINCENZO PINTO (Photo credit should read VINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images)

  • ITALY-SHIPPING-TOURISM-DISASTER-SALVAGE

    The wreck of Italy's Costa Concordia cruise ship begins to emerge from water on September 17, 2013 near the harbour of Giglio Porto. Salvage operators in Italy lifted the Costa Concordia cruise ship upright from its watery grave off the island of Giglio on Tuesday in the biggest ever project of its kind. AFP PHOTO / VINCENZO PINTO (Photo credit should read VINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images)

  • ITALY-SHIPPING-TOURISM-DISASTER-SALVAGE

    The wreck of Italy's Costa Concordia cruise ship begins to emerge from water on September 17, 2013 near the harbour of Giglio Porto. Salvage operators in Italy lifted the Costa Concordia cruise ship upright from its watery grave off the island of Giglio on Tuesday in the biggest ever project of its kind. AFP PHOTO / VINCENZO PINTO (Photo credit should read VINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images)

  • ITALY-SHIPPING-TOURISM-DISASTER-SALVAGE

    South African Nick Sloan (2nd R), senior salvage master for Titan-Micoperi, disembarks with his workers following the rotation of the wreck of Italy's Costa Concordia cruise ship on September 17, 2013 near the harbour of Giglio Porto. Salvage operators in Italy lifted the Costa Concordia cruise ship upright from its watery grave off the island of Giglio on September 17 in the biggest ever project of its kind. AFP PHOTO / ANDREAS SOLARO (Photo credit should read ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images)

  • ITALY-SHIPPING-TOURISM-DISASTER-SALVAGE

    The wreck of Italy's Costa Concordia cruise ship begins to emerge from water on September 17, 2013 near the harbour of Giglio Porto. Salvage operators in Italy lifted the Costa Concordia cruise ship upright from its watery grave off the island of Giglio on Tuesday in the biggest ever project of its kind. AFP PHOTO / VINCENZO PINTO (Photo credit should read VINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images)