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Costa Concordia: Haunting Images From Inside The Doomed Ocean Liner (PICTURES)

24/07/2014 10:58 | Updated 24 July 2014

These evocative images show the inside of the doomed Costa Concordia after more than two years of resting in the ocean.

Once colourful luggage lies in one room, now faded and caked in salt and mud.

A further shot shows belongings, perhaps thrown from some of the cases, furniture and other debris stacked against the doors of a lift, while another reveals the once ornate balconies overlooking an atrium, with sea water now lapping at its base.

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The Costa Concordia is currently being towed to a port in Genoa where it will be broken up for scrap

Perhaps most poignant of all is the rusted, wrecked remains of the bridge where Captain Francesco Schettino was supposedly at the controls when the 114,500 tonne vessel slammed into rocks off the coast of Giglio, Italy in January 2012.

Some 32 people died and Schettino is currently on trial on a number of charges related to the sinking, including manslaughter.

The 53-year-old is alleged to have ordered the ship off its prescribed course so passengers could wave at people on the shore.

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The liner has been underwater for two-and-a-half years

The latest images were taken in February by the Italian Carabinieri and released to the media by the Court of Grosseto, following the close of the official inquiry.

They come as the liner is towed from the scene at two knots – practically walking pace – with an escort of tug boats.

The four-day journey will see the vessel taken to a port in Genoa, where it will be broken up for scrap.

Last week the liner was returned to an upright position, having been refloated using air tanks and a series of hydraulic jacks, cables and compartments known as sponsons.

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The liner struck rocks off the coast of Giglio in January 2012

It is believed to be one of the biggest maritime salvage operations in history and has already cost nearly one billion US dollars.

In September last year the vessel was successfully lifted off rocks in the first part of the rescue operation.

It was moved onto a platform on the seabed during the operation.

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32 people died in the tragedy

The refloat operation

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    TIZIANA FABI via Getty Images
    A picture shows the Costa Concordia cruise ship after being refloated using air tanks attached to its sides on July 21, 2014 at the Giglio Island. The Costa Concordia is due to be dragged away on July 22, 2014 from Giglio Island, where it crashed on the night of January 13, 2012 in a disaster that killed 32 people. The ship's final journey for scrapping in the port of Genoa in northwest Italy is set to take four days. AFP PHOTO / TIZIANA FABI (Photo credit should read TIZIANA FABI/AFP/Getty Images)
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    TIZIANA FABI via Getty Images
    The name of the Costa Concordia cruise ship appears above the water line after being refloated using air tanks attached to its sides on July 21, 2014 at the Giglio Island. The Costa Concordia is due to be dragged away on July 22, 2014 from Giglio Island, where it crashed on the night of January 13, 2012 in a disaster that killed 32 people. The ship's final journey for scrapping in the port of Genoa in northwest Italy is set to take four days. AFP PHOTO / TIZIANA FABI (Photo credit should read TIZIANA FABI/AFP/Getty Images)
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    TIZIANA FABI via Getty Images
    A picture shows the Costa Concordia cruise ship after being refloated using air tanks attached to its sides on July 21, 2014 at the Giglio Island. The Costa Concordia is due to be dragged away on July 22, 2014 from Giglio Island, where it crashed on the night of January 13, 2012 in a disaster that killed 32 people. The ship's final journey for scrapping in the port of Genoa in northwest Italy is set to take four days. AFP PHOTO / TIZIANA FABI (Photo credit should read TIZIANA FABI/AFP/Getty Images)
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    TIZIANA FABI via Getty Images
    A picture shows the Costa Concordia cruise ship after being refloated using air tanks attached to its sides on July 21, 2014 at the Giglio Island. The Costa Concordia is due to be dragged away on July 22, 2014 from Giglio Island, where it crashed on the night of January 13, 2012 in a disaster that killed 32 people. The ship's final journey for scrapping in the port of Genoa in northwest Italy is set to take four days. AFP PHOTO / TIZIANA FABI (Photo credit should read TIZIANA FABI/AFP/Getty Images)
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    TIZIANA FABI via Getty Images
    A picture shows the Costa Concordia cruise ship after being refloated using air tanks attached to its sides on July 21, 2014 at the Giglio Island. The Costa Concordia is due to be dragged away on July 22, 2014 from Giglio Island, where it crashed on the night of January 13, 2012 in a disaster that killed 32 people. The ship's final journey for scrapping in the port of Genoa in northwest Italy is set to take four days. AFP PHOTO / TIZIANA FABI (Photo credit should read TIZIANA FABI/AFP/Getty Images)
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    TIZIANA FABI via Getty Images
    The name of the Costa Concordia cruise ship appears above the water line after being refloated using air tanks attached to its sides on July 21, 2014 at the Giglio Island. The Costa Concordia is due to be dragged away on July 22, 2014 from Giglio Island, where it crashed on the night of January 13, 2012 in a disaster that killed 32 people. The ship's final journey for scrapping in the port of Genoa in northwest Italy is set to take four days. AFP PHOTO / TIZIANA FABI (Photo credit should read TIZIANA FABI/AFP/Getty Images)
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    TIZIANA FABI via Getty Images
    Workers climb on a caisson hooked to the refloated wreck of the Costa Concordia cruise ship on July 20, 2014 at the Giglio Island. The Costa Concordia is due to be dragged away on July 22, 2014 from Giglio Island, where it crashed on the night of January 13, 2012 in a disaster that killed 32 people. The ship's final journey for scrapping in the port of Genoa in northwest Italy is set to take four days. AFP PHOTO / TIZIANA FABI (Photo credit should read TIZIANA FABI/AFP/Getty Images)
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    TIZIANA FABI via Getty Images
    Workers climb on a caisson hooked to the refloated wreck of the Costa Concordia cruise ship on July 20, 2014 at the Giglio Island. The Costa Concordia is due to be dragged away on July 22, 2014 from Giglio Island, where it crashed on the night of January 13, 2012 in a disaster that killed 32 people. The ship's final journey for scrapping in the port of Genoa in northwest Italy is set to take four days. AFP PHOTO / TIZIANA FABI (Photo credit should read TIZIANA FABI/AFP/Getty Images)
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    GIUSEPPE CACACE via Getty Images
    The name 'Costa Concordia' appears above water on the refloated wreck of the cruise ship on July 20, 2014 at the Giglio Island. Italian salvage workers said yesterday they would begin towing away the Costa Concordia cruise ship wreck on a final voyage to the scrapyard on Tuesday -- a day later than scheduled. Over two and a half years after it crashed off the island of Giglio in a nighttime disaster which left 32 people dead, the plan is to raise and tow away the 114,500-tonne vessel in an unprecedented and delicate operation for its final journey to the shipyard where it was built in the port of Genoa. AFP PHOTO / GIUSEPPE CACACE (Photo credit should read GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP/Getty Images)
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    TIZIANA FABI via Getty Images
    A picture shows a part of the prow of the refloated wreck of the Costa Concordia cruise ship early on July 20, 2014 at the Giglio Island. Italian salvage workers said yesterday they would begin towing away the Costa Concordia cruise ship wreck on a final voyage to the scrapyard on Tuesday -- a day later than scheduled. Over two and a half years after it crashed off the island of Giglio in a nighttime disaster which left 32 people dead, the plan is to raise and tow away the 114,500-tonne vessel in an unprecedented and delicate operation for its final journey to the shipyard where it was built in the port of Genoa. AFP PHOTO / TIZIANA FABI (Photo credit should read TIZIANA FABI/AFP/Getty Images)
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    GIUSEPPE CACACE via Getty Images
    A picture shows the refloated wreck of the Costa Concordia cruise ship early on July 20, 2014 at the Giglio Island. Italian salvage workers said yesterday they would begin towing away the Costa Concordia cruise ship wreck on a final voyage to the scrapyard on Tuesday -- a day later than scheduled. Over two and a half years after it crashed off the island of Giglio in a nighttime disaster which left 32 people dead, the plan is to raise and tow away the 114,500-tonne vessel in an unprecedented and delicate operation for its final journey to the shipyard where it was built in the port of Genoa. AFP PHOTO / GIUSEPPE CACACE (Photo credit should read GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP/Getty Images)
  • ITALY-SHIPPING-TOURISM-DISASTER
    GIUSEPPE CACACE via Getty Images
    A picture shows the refloated wreck of the Costa Concordia cruise ship early on July 20, 2014 at the Giglio Island. Italian salvage workers said yesterday they would begin towing away the Costa Concordia cruise ship wreck on a final voyage to the scrapyard on Tuesday -- a day later than scheduled. Over two and a half years after it crashed off the island of Giglio in a nighttime disaster which left 32 people dead, the plan is to raise and tow away the 114,500-tonne vessel in an unprecedented and delicate operation for its final journey to the shipyard where it was built in the port of Genoa. AFP PHOTO / GIUSEPPE CACACE (Photo credit should read GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP/Getty Images)
  • ITALY-SHIPPING-TOURISM-DISASTER
    GIUSEPPE CACACE via Getty Images
    A picture shows the refloated wreck of the Costa Concordia cruise ship early on July 20, 2014 at the Giglio Island. Italian salvage workers said yesterday they would begin towing away the Costa Concordia cruise ship wreck on a final voyage to the scrapyard on Tuesday -- a day later than scheduled. Over two and a half years after it crashed off the island of Giglio in a nighttime disaster which left 32 people dead, the plan is to raise and tow away the 114,500-tonne vessel in an unprecedented and delicate operation for its final journey to the shipyard where it was built in the port of Genoa. AFP PHOTO / GIUSEPPE CACACE (Photo credit should read GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP/Getty Images)
  • ITALY-SHIPPING-TOURISM-DISASTER
    GIUSEPPE CACACE via Getty Images
    A picture shows a part of the prow of the refloated wreck of the Costa Concordia cruise ship early on July 20, 2014 at the Giglio Island. Italian salvage workers said yesterday they would begin towing away the Costa Concordia cruise ship wreck on a final voyage to the scrapyard on Tuesday -- a day later than scheduled. Over two and a half years after it crashed off the island of Giglio in a nighttime disaster which left 32 people dead, the plan is to raise and tow away the 114,500-tonne vessel in an unprecedented and delicate operation for its final journey to the shipyard where it was built in the port of Genoa. AFP PHOTO / GIUSEPPE CACACE (Photo credit should read GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP/Getty Images)
  • ITALY-SHIPPING-TOURISM-DISASTER
    GIUSEPPE CACACE via Getty Images
    A picture shows the refloated wreck of the Costa Concordia cruise ship early on July 20, 2014 at the Giglio Island. Italian salvage workers said yesterday they would begin towing away the Costa Concordia cruise ship wreck on a final voyage to the scrapyard on Tuesday -- a day later than scheduled. Over two and a half years after it crashed off the island of Giglio in a nighttime disaster which left 32 people dead, the plan is to raise and tow away the 114,500-tonne vessel in an unprecedented and delicate operation for its final journey to the shipyard where it was built in the port of Genoa. AFP PHOTO / GIUSEPPE CACACE (Photo credit should read GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP/Getty Images)
  • ITALY-SHIPPING-TOURISM-DISASTER
    GIUSEPPE CACACE via Getty Images
    A picture shows a part of the prow of the refloated wreck of the Costa Concordia cruise ship early on July 20, 2014 at the Giglio Island. Italian salvage workers said yesterday they would begin towing away the Costa Concordia cruise ship wreck on a final voyage to the scrapyard on Tuesday -- a day later than scheduled. Over two and a half years after it crashed off the island of Giglio in a nighttime disaster which left 32 people dead, the plan is to raise and tow away the 114,500-tonne vessel in an unprecedented and delicate operation for its final journey to the shipyard where it was built in the port of Genoa. AFP PHOTO / GIUSEPPE CACACE (Photo credit should read GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP/Getty Images)
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