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Raising the Costa Concordia - Live Video Feed
Reuters ^ | 9/16/13 | Jim Peabody

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."

(Excerpt) Read more at live.reuters.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Chit/Chat; Travel
KEYWORDS: aaronalexis; costa; salvage; shipwreck; travel
Slow, but interesting project....
1 posted on 09/16/2013 2:37:31 PM PDT by illiac
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To: illiac

Amazing feat, hope it succeeds.


2 posted on 09/16/2013 2:43:40 PM PDT by Las Vegas Ron ("Medicine is the keystone in the arch of socialism" Vladimir Lenin)
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To: illiac

Slow and steady and boring. Just the way they want it.


3 posted on 09/16/2013 2:49:56 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (From time to time the tree of liberty must be watered with the blood of tyrants and patriots.)
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To: illiac
Paging Clive Cussler ...

Does it really need to be "raised" so much as "put upright," though?

4 posted on 09/16/2013 2:53:49 PM PDT by x
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5 posted on 09/16/2013 3:01:04 PM PDT by Menehune56 ("Let them hate so long as they fear" (Oderint Dum Metuant), Lucius Accius (170 BC - 86 BC))
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To: x

There’s a technical term for each of those and yes, they are distinctly different efforts from an engineering standpoint.


6 posted on 09/16/2013 3:10:03 PM PDT by IronJack (=)
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To: Menehune56

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.


7 posted on 09/16/2013 3:10:06 PM PDT by Amberdawn
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To: x

They will get it upright and then raise it. It needs to be raised so they can tow it to a salvage yard....


8 posted on 09/16/2013 3:10:45 PM PDT by illiac (If we don't change directions soon, we'll get where we're going)
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To: Amberdawn
It seems a great waste of money to spend $500 million righting a ship which is going to the scrapyard

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.

9 posted on 09/16/2013 3:16:57 PM PDT by grania
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To: Blood of Tyrants

Like watching paint dry.


10 posted on 09/16/2013 3:38:04 PM PDT by luvbach1 (We are finished.)
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To: illiac

Perhaps under-the-bow radar would be a good addition to the navigational equipment in cruse ships.


11 posted on 09/16/2013 3:44:34 PM PDT by Excellence (All your database are belong to us.)
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To: illiac

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

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12 posted on 09/16/2013 4:03:47 PM PDT by Excellence (All your database are belong to us.)
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To: Menehune56

Do you have a good reference site about salvage operations at Pearl Harbor after the attack?


13 posted on 09/16/2013 4:37:51 PM PDT by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: illiac

You can really see the staining from the part of the hull that was underwater.


14 posted on 09/16/2013 4:38:48 PM PDT by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: headstamp 2

Like watching paint dry, but it is moving along nicely! Almost there.


15 posted on 09/16/2013 4:57:24 PM PDT by US_MilitaryRules (Tastes like Heaven, Burns like Hell! Mmmmmm. What is it?)
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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.


16 posted on 09/16/2013 5:00:42 PM PDT by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: grania
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?

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.

17 posted on 09/16/2013 6:01:21 PM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: Amberdawn

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.


18 posted on 09/16/2013 6:07:54 PM PDT by nascarnation (Democrats control the Presidency, Senate, and Media. It's an uphill climb....)
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To: nascarnation

GMT/UTC 01.38...its up, being towed and on its way.


19 posted on 09/16/2013 6:38:04 PM PDT by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum -- "The Taliban is inside the building")
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To: Tainan

Stern is very low in water.

Thats GMT/UTC TUES 01:38...by the way.


20 posted on 09/16/2013 6:39:48 PM PDT by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum -- "The Taliban is inside the building")
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To: Tainan

Impressive engineering and execution I’d say
Well done.


21 posted on 09/16/2013 6:41:23 PM PDT by nascarnation (Democrats control the Presidency, Senate, and Media. It's an uphill climb....)
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To: nascarnation

Very Cool! Looks pretty much completely level now!!


22 posted on 09/16/2013 6:55:59 PM PDT by twyn1
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To: Tainan

They are not towing it for a few months.


23 posted on 09/16/2013 7:03:59 PM PDT by US_MilitaryRules (Tastes like Heaven, Burns like Hell! Mmmmmm. What is it?)
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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.

24 posted on 09/16/2013 7:32:53 PM PDT by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum -- "The Taliban is inside the building")
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Yes it is very wrinkled up on the starboard side.


25 posted on 09/16/2013 8:57:21 PM PDT by US_MilitaryRules (Tastes like Heaven, Burns like Hell! Mmmmmm. What is it?)
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To: Pearls Before Swine
What you wrote about the Concordia scenerio makes sense. I hadn't heard that part about a first mishap before. What doesn't make sense is the captain's actions, either going to dinner after the first gash or abandoning ship unless he gave a reason ahead of time for being more useful on land (or whatever)

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.

26 posted on 09/17/2013 7:33:56 AM PDT by grania
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What doesn't make sense is the captain's actions, either going to dinner after the first gash or abandoning ship ...

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.

27 posted on 09/17/2013 7:37:20 AM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: nascarnation

Yeah not a trivia task.


28 posted on 09/17/2013 7:37:47 AM PDT by McGruff (No wars for Arab pipelines!)
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To: headstamp 2
Good book by a Navy Salvage diver at Pearl arbor:
Descent into Darkness Pearl Harbor,
1941 (The True Story of a Navy Diver)
by Edward C Raymer .
He writes about being the first diver aboard the Arizona, finding bodies floating on the overhead, and skeleton fingers making a “tinkling sound” as they brushed his helmet

29 posted on 09/17/2013 8:21:23 AM PDT by Robe (Rome did not create a great empire by talking, they did it by killing all those who opposed them)
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To: nascarnation

SIGH. I wonder what that does to the cost of everyone else’s insurance?


30 posted on 09/19/2013 10:47:48 PM PDT by Amberdawn
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To: grania

Ships are surprisingly fragile.


31 posted on 09/19/2013 10:49:01 PM PDT by Amberdawn
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