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Posted on 09/16/2013 2:37:31 PM PDT by illiac
"At this point we're around half way through the first phase," Franco Porcellacchia, leader of Costa Cruise's technical team, told reporters. "It's all happening very slowly but very carefully and safely."
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Amazing feat, hope it succeeds.
Slow and steady and boring. Just the way they want it.
Does it really need to be "raised" so much as "put upright," though?
There’s a technical term for each of those and yes, they are distinctly different efforts from an engineering standpoint.
There is nothing new under the sun....It seems a great waste of money to spend 500 million righting a ship which is going to the scrapyard.
They will get it upright and then raise it. It needs to be raised so they can tow it to a salvage yard....
I'm assuming they know what they're doing. This whole thing is bizarre....how could the ship ever have been so close to land? Besides that, you'd think a ship that immense with so many people on board could've handled scaping some rocks.
Like watching paint dry.
Perhaps under-the-bow radar would be a good addition to the navigational equipment in cruse ships.
The ship has rotated approximately 25° with respect to the starting position. This means that the operation has gone beyond the point at which the vessel no longer needs to be pulled by the strand jacks and can now rotate under its own momentum and under the weight of the ballast water contained in the sponsons.
by Margarita Noriega (Reuters) 4:03 PM
Do you have a good reference site about salvage operations at Pearl Harbor after the attack?
You can really see the staining from the part of the hull that was underwater.
Like watching paint dry, but it is moving along nicely! Almost there.
Yep, then they have to repair it and refloat it. Supposed to take a month. It’ll be sitting in that cradle on the bottom until refloated.
My understanding is that it was close to land twice. The first time, the captain went well out of the designated lane to do a "fly-by" of an island where he had some friends. On that pass, he hit a submerged rock and gashed the hull. Then he went to dinner.
An hour or two later, the crew convinced him that they were taking on lots of water and in danger of sinking. At that point, he deliberately ran the boat aground to prevent sinking in deep water.
At least, that's how I remember the story.
I read that it’s much more difficult to cut it apart while in place...also that insurance is paying the near billion dollar cost.
GMT/UTC 01.38...its up, being towed and on its way.
Stern is very low in water.
Thats GMT/UTC TUES 01:38...by the way.
Impressive engineering and execution I’d say
Very Cool! Looks pretty much completely level now!!
They are not towing it for a few months.
Yes, I saw it appearing to move a bit and mis-spoke. The Reuters person working the thread, Ms. Noriega, added some additional info about flotation devices that will be attached to the hull to assist with buoyancy.
There is going to be a lot of work needed prior to moving it out.
Yes it is very wrinkled up on the starboard side.
I took some Queen Mary trans-Atlantic cruises a few years ago. On those cruises, there are a lot of people who are fascinated by cruising, and the co-captains hold information and discussion sessions. The QM2 is supposed to be very sturdy, and they were fond of saying that they doubted that the newer mega-cruise ships were sturdy enough for ocean travel. Another point that came up was cruisers' concerns that there is no common language that every employee must speak, so communication wouldn't be stellar in a real emergency. Yet another point was that these huge cruise ships can't be evacuated without deaths...they know that.
On that cruise, in the Med the ship got too close to Majorca, so we could wave at the people on the island. A fellow cruiser actually said..."My God, the ocean bottom is rocky here. Are they crazy?"
Summary....I wonder if they've learned anything from actually managing to have a disaster so close to shore.
No sense either way--showing off, ignoring crew reports of water until too late, or jumping off the ship to catch an early lifeboat. He's never captaining anything bigger than a rowboat after he gets out of the legal system.
Yeah not a trivia task.
SIGH. I wonder what that does to the cost of everyone else’s insurance?
Ships are surprisingly fragile.
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