News Conference starting now at the BBC site in the article - unfortunately the Italian is drowning out the english translation but I can isolate it pretty well.
They have reached 12 degrees, and plan to work through the night. (they originally said 10 hours). At 24 degrees they will switch from using cables to using ballast. The had only minor problems with four cables - the original delay was caused by the weather.
. How will you work through the night? They will use the necessary lights to keep operating through the night, which are already in place.
. Four cables were causing problems in what way? The four cables were on the sponsons - the cables get shorter as the tension gets tighter, and the problem was that the extra cable no longer under tension was getting in the way.
. Why did you estimate 10-12 hours? - Murphy's law, technical issues slowed down the project (cables).
. What is climate in control room - why was it assembled after the storm? The "climate is that there are many professionals doing their jobs, no emotional involvement.
. How is the ship behaving in physical aspect? It is the best possible physical form, it is coming up as a singular piece, which is exactly what we were hoping to see.
. Still no "plan B?". This is not the point - we are accomplishing what we originally planned - why ask about circumstances that are not occurring? We went through very detailed pre-planning and I cannot document it all now, but the plan was approved and it is working. If there is a problem we need to be able to solve it - we did solve the one problem we had (cables) with the people on hand - no special extraordinary measures were taken, - We have one plan and it is working. When we finish the operation tomorrow we will be able to say it is over - but I don't think it is useful to document what could go wrong.
. Why are you sitting there acting as if no problems ever happen? This is a friend of mine from Giglio (laughs)
. It is clear that the operation will take time - so do you have an idea when this will end, by dawn tomorrow morning? yes, we will be done by dawn.
. Is the Minister of the Environment coming? He called, and he is coming but is not here yet.
It is going to be a long night, so we will come back with the latest news.
The latest video image shows that all of the starboard bridge wing is now clear of the water.
I think some people might be expecting to see the ship sitting high in the water when this phase is completed, but it won't be. A large part of the vessel will still be underwater but it will be sitting upright.
The pulling phase of parbuckling is complete according to the latest report. The outboard sponsons will now slowly fill with water to passively complete rolling the ship into an upright and stable position on the underwater platform.
Dave - you were correct that the ship is sitting far lower than expected. I surmise it is on the platform they built for it to rest on. The waterline is all way up at deck 10, about at bridge level. - which makes you wonder if captain Schettino had a premonition that someday he might look out from that bridge and see a water-line right outside the window.
A full article/book on exactly what happened that night would make a great movie.
When they eventually float the ship (which they will do by blowing the water out of the sponsons and replacing it with air), the ship will rise enough to move, but it won't go back to its original draft below the hull line as far as I know.
I guess the interior is a pea-soup of fetid rotting foods and other materials that were trapped under water all this time. Its going to be a real clean up job, yuck.