Words of Advice:

"Never Feel Sorry For Anyone Who Owns an Airplane."-- Tina Marie

If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

Flying the Airplane is More Important than Radioing Your Plight to a Person on the Ground
Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It.
" -- Unknown

"There seems to be almost no problem that Congress cannot, by diligent efforts and careful legislative drafting, make ten times worse." -- Me

"What the hell is an `Aluminum Falcon'?" -- Emperor Palpatine

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Costa Concordia Update

You may recall that the ship was righted and is now resting on a platform that was built on the side of the sloping sea floor. Plans were to weld floatation pontoons to the starboard side (they were affixed to the port side before they righted her), float her and tow her away.

Now it seems that the salvagers will pick up the ship with a massive self-propelled floating drydock and thus carry the ship to the scrappers.

A slightly smaller salvage ship, the Blue Marlin, transported the USS Cole to the Pascagoula shipyards for rebuilding after the Cole was attacked in Aden.


The New York Crank said...

All this is a simultaneously too high tech and too wimpy for me.

I was perfectly happy when Bogart towed the African Queen out of the mud by jumping into the fetid river and hauling it with a rope, all by his ownself, and Hepburn then helped him get the blood-bloated leeches off his shins by pouring salt on them.

Very crankily yours,
The New York Crank

Deadstick said...

Yeah, but that didn't work until it rained upstream...;-)

Comrade Misfit said...

The ship is roughly the displacement of a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier. I kind of think it'd take a million or so Bogarts to tow that thing.