The shipwrecked Costa Concordia could be re-floated by June, the engineer overseeing the salvage operation has said.

Franco Porcellacchia has reportedly told the residents of the Italian island of Giglio that giant floats will be fixed on to the sides of the ship by April, allowing the ship to float again.

Porcellacchia said he was “extremely confident” about the operation according to Zee News.

After re-floating the ship it will be towed to a nearby port were it will be scrapped. No decision has been made on which port it is taken too.

The Costa Concordia ran aground and partially sank in January 2012 with the loss of 32 lives.

In October the bodies of the two remaining missing victims were found by divers searching the ship.