According to the latest bullettin, the bad weather demonstrated that the recent stabilization, consisting of four anchoring systems, does work.
"We did not track any slipping movement, although the technology recorded some three degree movements which are most likely related to the hull deformation," Maria Sargentini, president of the Observatory on the Costa Concordia, said.
About 400 workers, engineers and divers are working on the island on the ship removal project.
Now that the ship has been anchored, the next step will involve foundations for the six platforms on which the wreck will rest after rotation into a vertical position.
According to Franco Gabrielli, the head of the Civil Protection Authority, the Costa Concordia's emergency status will end by Jan., 31, 2013.
At that time a new governmental authority in charge of the wreck removal operations will be appointed.
Photo: The suitcase washed ashore on the island of Elba some 28 miles away. Credit: YouReporter.it /Tele Elba