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Monday, December 31, 2012

Costa Concordia UPDATE :: Salvage Scheme

Captured by Pat Darnell | Dec 31, 2012 | Bryan TX

60 Minutes ran a story on the salvage of the cruise ship disaster, Costa Concordia, grounded and listing on the rocks of Giglio, Italy, since January 14, 2012.


  • Lessons learned in Concordia disaster have brought changes to cruise industry safety
  • Disaster cast shadow on industry that maintains it is one of the safest modes of transport
  • Sen. Rockefeller says cruise lines getting free ride on backs of U.S. taxpayers
  • Industry group says members pay required taxes and plenty of port and other fees

 Plan To Salvage Costa Concordia Wreck - Business Insider: "Because the Costa Concordia is in a nationally protected marine park and coral reef, it must be removed from the area before it can be dismantled, posing countless difficulties. In a report on the efforts to remove the wreck, 60 Minutes' Leslie Stahl visited the site and recounted the remarkable salvage operation, which has a $400 million price tag."

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d2r2 said...

Safety from sinking but not from stinking:

Newser) – Norovirus outbreaks have struck two luxury cruise ships, including the famous Queen Mary 2, ABC News reports. While Cunard, the company that owns the Queen Mary 2, says that only 19 people have "active symptoms" today, the CDC says that 194 passengers and 11 crew have been reported ill during the voyage. The story is much the same on the Emerald Princess, where 166 passengers and 30 crew have fallen ill.

The Emerald Princess is currently docked in Florida, while the Queen Mary 2 is in St. Lucia, in the middle of a 12-day round-trip Caribbean jaunt out of New York. One Queen Mary passenger reports that throughout the outbreak the ship's restaurants were full, but that the captain advised passengers to avoid the buffet, and ordered anyone who was ill to remain in their cabins.

MooPig_Wisdom said...

It turns out those hospitality cruises are inhospitable; that they glide just above the law; and captains are not always the last to leave the sinking ships.

Those ships today hold 4000 guests and crew. That is bigger than College station on holidays.

Comparing to US aircraft carriers: The modern supercarrier is widely referred to as a "city at sea." With between 5,000 and 6,000 people working, relaxing, eating and sleeping onboard for months at a time, this is certainly accurate. But it's not at all like any city you would find on dry land.

Can you imagine what it is like to a land lubber who gets dysentery while out on the ocean, and foreign ports?

I wonder if those pandemics are from eating Gulf seafoods. Stay away from the sushi.

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