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LIVE: Attempt to pull the Costa Concordia upright

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Chat' started by DonD, Sep 16, 2013.

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  1. DonD

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    WOW!!!

    Quite an operation... Thanks for sharin' this
     
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    Oh, is that what they're callin it these days? :evillaugh
     
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    This is a really fascinating engineering challenge. Its the first time this parbuckling technique has ever been tried at anywhere near this scale (and this cost of $800 million so far!). Lots of things can go wrong if they're off by a relatively small amount given how massive this ship is.

    If you're interested in the process and the engineering, check out this page on the official site of the parbuckling project: http://www.theparbucklingproject.com/page.php?page=progetto

    Another good description: http://physicscentral.com/explore/plus/costa-concordia.cfm

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    Good stuff! Where's the "Like" button?
     
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    i just found out yesterday that this was a Carnival ship,i thought it was only italian but its part of Carnival. i know Carnival is the cheap cruise company but even for being the cheap ones they have too many problems. every time i hear about a cruise ship problem it is on Carnival. i dont know why anyone would use them anymore.
     
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    I don't understand why they're waiting until next spring to float it away?
     
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    I think because they have to fix a lot of the damage before it can be towed, and they will not finish this before the winter weather sets in. One article I read said that the ship is not safe to tow yet, and they have to make it somewhat seaworthy to tow and be stable at sea.
     
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    Yeah they need to survey the entire starboard side thoroughly, figure out what to repair before moving it. The ship is full of water, they need to pump a lot out because it still won't be buoyant enough with the sponsons if they don't. They need to attach the sponsons to the starboard side. Then they will also go through the entire vessel and collect whatever personal belongings of the passengers as well as other equipment. Towing in the winter weather is risky too, they feel more confident they can keep it secure and shielded while its on the temporary platform.
     
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    Slap a fresh coat of paint on her and she'll be good to go. Pretty cool pictures.
     
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    Carnival PLC own about 50% of the active cruise ships at the moment. so obviously a lot of incidents will involve them. As for cheap - try booking on P&O or Seabourn and see how cheap it is.
    Carnival have been an easy target for the media and they love to kick someone when they are down.

    I'm no cheerleader for Carnival but I've not long been on one of their ships for a vacation and I thought it was great. I'd go back.

    The anti carnival thought process is no different to the anti downtown one - mostly from people who haven't been there....

    Carnival are fine. If you want a cruise that good value then try them out. If you want to step up then Holland America (also carnival), Celebrity and Princess (also carnival) are good choices.
     
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    yeah - that'll buff out :thumbsup:
     
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    i didnt know carnival owned 50% of the all the cruise ships in the world so i agree that makes a difference but i think every bad cruise news i ever hear is about carnival. i dont know how it is personaly but my parents went on carnival and norwegian and they said they will never go on carnival again. i dont know from personnel experience though so i will keep an open mind. :peace:
     
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    the actual Carnival brand in their line is actually the lower end of the cruise ship experience. All their other lines they own are more upscale / better cruising experience.
     
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    The Titanic was operated by White star lines which merged with Cunard and they are now owned by Carnival therefore the Titanic is Carnivals fault too!!!


    the 2 "major" incidents that hit carnival ships were a great chance for the media to get stuck in. loads of juicy stories for them... not much about about the compensation carnival handed out or anything in their favor..

    I wouldn't use that to judge carnival.

    We went on a RCL cruise a couple of years ago and had a terrible time with RCL and their staff and procedure. I'll never sail on that ship again. but I won't judge the rest of the fleet on that one.

    I did go on the newest carnival ship this summer. it was great.

    YMMV...

    do your own research etc....
     
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