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Maria Sargentini, president of the Observatory on the Costa... News PhotoAccidents and Disasters,Attending,Engineer,Headquarters,Horizontal,Italy,Mode of Transport,Observatory,President,Press Conference,Rome - Italy,Technology,Wreck of the Costa ConcordiaPhotographer Collection: AFP 2013 AFP(FromL) Maria Sargentini, president of the Observatory on the Costa Concordia, the head of Italy's Civil Protection Agency Franco Gabrielli, Franco Porcellacchia, leading the Ship Owner's technical team, engineer Nick Sloane and Micoperi project manager Sergio Girotto, attend a press conference on September 12, 2013 at the Civil Protection headquarters in Rome, Italy. Salvage workers will attempt to raise Italy's Costa Concordia cruise ship on September 16, weather permitting, in an unprecedented $1.0-billion (752-million euro) operation, officials said. 'If weather conditions allow, the operation will start at 6:00 am (0400) GMT on September 16... This is an operation that has never been attempted before,' Franco Gabrielli, head of the civil protection agency which is overseeing the operation, said on September 12. AFP PHOTO / ALBERTO PIZZOLI (Photo credit should read ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images)