However, technicians still have a long way to go. The aim is to raise the liner by nearly 14 meters (45.9 feet). Sandwiched between the floating sponsons, the Concordia will then embark on a 170-mile journey at the slow speed of 2 knots.
"Refloating the liner so that it can depart from Giglio might take a week or, at best, five days," said Franco Porcellacchia, the director of technical operations at Concordia's owner, Costa Cruises.
The operation is being carried out by engineers of the U.S. Titan Salvage and Italian Micoperi companies. Some of them, including the salvage master, Nick Sloane, were directing the operations aboard the Concordia.
"It is a complex operation never attempted before, but we know we can count on the best technicians," Costa Cruises CEO Michael Thamm said.
He added that the cost of the project will amount at about 1.5 billion euros (about $2.3 billion).
About two-and-a-half times the size of the Titanic, the Concordia will now be towed 30 meters away from the shore and moored by a series of anchors and steel cables. Two tugs on the offshore side and a third at the Concordia bow will keep in place the massive ship.