AEST 00:00, Wed Jun 13 2012
The capsized Costa Concordia cruise ship still lies off the port of Italy's Giglio Island.
The cruise liner hit underwater rocks on January 13, killing more than 30 people.
After the de-fuelling process, which was aimed at avoiding spillage and the contamination of one of the Mediterranean's most pristine natural sanctuaries, has been completed, the cruise ship is to be recovered by the US company Titan Salvage and the Italian stage specialist Microperi.
All images AAP.
Two cranes fixed to the platform will be used to roll the vessel into an upright position.