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Costa Concordia To Be Removed, Dismantled In June

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This file picture taken on May 27, 2013 shows works in progress to remove the Costa Concordia cruise ship wreck on Giglio island. (VINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images) | VINCENZO PINTO via Getty Images
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ROME (AP) — Italian officials say the shipwrecked Costa Concordia will be removed from its watery graveyard off Tuscany in June and taken to a port to be dismantled, the final phase of an unprecedented 600 million-euro ($817 million) salvage effort.

Officials gave the timetable and the rundown of what was needed for the ship to be refloated at a press conference Friday that came just days before the second anniversary of the Jan. 13, 2012, grounding that killed 32 people.

A handful of Italian ports — including Piombino, Genoa, Palermo and Civitavecchia — are bidding to take in the wreck, but there are also international bidders in France, Turkey, Britain and even China. 

Italy's environment minister and the head of Costa Crociere say the preference was to keep the project in Italy.

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