The wreck of the Costa Concordia has returned to Genoa where it was launched nine years ago.

The ship was tugged into the Italian port on Sunday, more than two years after it capsized off the coast of Giglio on January 12, 2013, killing 42 people.

Environment minister Gian Luca Galletti said: “We can finally breathe a sigh of relief,” according to the Telegraph.

The ship will now be demolished in Genoa’s Voltri port. The first stage – to remove the fixtures and fittings from the ship – will take four months.

Italian officials will begin another search today for the remains of a crew member whose body was never recovered from the wreck.