"Last week we showed you the fresh satellite imagery and tour of the wreck of the Costa Concordia. It was a great file that helped to show what happened, but now Peter Olsen (who just days ago unveiled the excellent Terra Nova models) has built an incredible 3D tour of the wreck, with the entire journey animated!"
Post by D'Elete BC in NJ on Mar 8, 2012 17:48:39 GMT -8
I was reading today about the proposed plans to salvage/scrap the Costa Concordia. Several plans have been put forward including re floating the ship to tow it to a breaking yard, or, alternatively, cut the ship up in place, and complete the breaking of the 200-300 tonne pieces on land.
Either way, it is felt unlikely the ship will be repaired, even if it was feasible to do so.
Post by Name_Omitted on Apr 22, 2012 9:51:58 GMT -8
A good "long form" piece recreating the night, and what was happening on the ship itself from Vanity Fair. She hit a reef at 15 knots, ripping a 230 foot gash in her side, and she still swam for over an hour.
Post by Name_Omitted on Apr 22, 2012 16:44:20 GMT -8
It is truly amazing. She hit a reef at 15 knots and suffered a 230 foot long tear in her side, yet still managed to swim for another hour allowing for most of the passengers and crew to get off despite what was, by most accounts, an inept evacuation.
The human side of the story has a lot of arrogance and ineptitude, but the engineering involved was impressive.
Post by Wett Coast on Apr 22, 2012 19:07:59 GMT -8
That Vanity Fair article is long and well worth reading. I very much recommend that others read it.
Considering what we should have learned in the 100 years since the loss of the Titanic, this Costa Concordia 'incident' is truly astounding. It does look very much as if the safety culture at Costa Cruises, and just possibly with other branches of the Carnival company and the Cruise industry in general, is questionable. The ship's evacuation, such as it was, shows that this crew set sail being basically incompetent with the operation of the ship, and especially with emergency procedures.
The loss of life could have been far worse had the ship healed over well away from the shore.
A Dutch film company, Prorama, has a camera in place on the shore and is filming the entire salvage operation. Company director Bo de Visser, says they will create time-lapse movies of the boat's refloating and removal. They have a website, The Last Salute, where a live feed of the activities around the ship can be viewed during daylight hours.
CBC's the "fifth estate" has a couple of hour-long episodes on the Costa Concordia. I watched the most recent one last week (it's available on the website - in Canada, not sure about outside Canada) where they sit down with the captain and get his side of the story. It's hard to tell whether he's being truthful, but the episode definitely brings to light some things that weren't reported much in the media.